Chicago -- Pitchfork Music Festival kicked off today and it has been a hot one. Paramedics we talked with inside say they've treated multiple people today for heat exhaustion we saw one man on a stretcher by the first aid tent so this heat is no joke. At an outdoor event like this where people are dancing and drinking it's important to stay hydrated drink more water than you normally do and before you feel thirsty.
Here at Union Park there are ambulances on site, as well as a cooling bus set up with air conditioning and we saw many people taking advantage of that.
There is also a watering station with a very long line of people waiting to fill up.
“It's crucial going in the bus cause it's hot out here it's humid I go to college in Florida it's feeling like Florida right now.”
“Filling up the camel back because it's the only way to stay alive out here.”
“We've been here a couple hours just drinking a lot of water and staying out of the sun.”
Pitchfork runs all weekend but there are many other outdoor events in the city.
Taylor Swift plays at Soldier Field Saturday and Sunday night.
There are White Sox games tomorrow and Sunday.
The Disability Pride Parade starts tomorrow at 11a.m. on State Street ending at Daley Plaza.
And the Rock-n-Roll half marathon is Sunday starting at 6:30a.m.
The Chicago Department of Public Health and the Department of Family and Support Services want to remind everyone they can call 3-1-1 in this heat to request a well check for someone.
You can also call that number to request transportation to a cooling center.
There are several of them in the city including the Garfield Center on south Kedzie, King Center on south Cottage Grove and the North Area Center on west Wilson.
Also a reminder to keep your pets hydrated and out of the heat and of course, never leave them or children inside a parked car.
Live at Union Park, Dana Rebik WGN News.