For Immediate Release
ComEd Media Relations
Annual Switch on Summer celebration features live entertainment, family-friendly activities
CHICAGO (April 29, 2019) – If you want WGN-TV Chief Meteorologist Tom Skilling to let you know when summer has arrived, hear it from the weather king himself when Skilling serves as master of ceremonies at the fifth-annual Switch on Summer event this Sunday, May 5.
The fun, family-friendly event marks the start of summer in Chicago, as ComEd and the Chicago Park District join forces to turn on Buckingham Fountain and welcome the arrival of the warm-weather season.
"There couldn't be a more wonderful way to welcome the summer season than seeing Chicago's beautiful and iconic Buckingham Fountain come alive," Skilling said. "I hope to see you there as we make that happen. Many thanks to ComEd and the Chicago Park District for bringing Chicagoland residents together for this special gathering. Now, we just need Mother Nature to bring us summer warmth!"
Over 15,000 people from across Chicagoland are expected to attend Switch on Summer, which takes place from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. on May 5, with the fountain scheduled to switch on at 2 p.m. This is the second year in a row that Skilling will serve as master of ceremonies. He will be joined on stage by Megan Briggs, a ComEd customer from Arlington Heights, Illinois, who will have the honor of turning on Buckingham Fountain. Briggs was selected in an online contest that asked customers to answer a true/false trivia question about solar energy.
"ComEd and Buckingham Fountain are proud fixtures of the Chicago community," said Joe Dominguez, CEO of ComEd. "For as long as the fountain has welcomed the start of the summer season, year in and year out, ComEd has been powering the lives of Illinois families and businesses."
"This is a very special year for the Chicago Park District as we celebrate our 85th anniversary," said Michael P. Kelly, CEO & Superintendent of the Chicago Park District. "There are few symbols that embody summer in Chicago more than the iconic Buckingham Fountain, and we are proud to again partner with ComEd to 'switch on' another season of outdoor fun in our great city."
Live entertainment at Switch on Summer will be provided by 1980s cover band Sixteen Candles and Chicago-area rock band Today's Trade, along with a performance from the Joffrey Ballet's Exelon Strobel Step-Up Dancers. Lining the fountain with giveaways and family-friendly activities will be more than 20 of the community's leading organizations, such as the Adler Planetarium, Brookfield Zoo, Chicago Blackhawks, Field Museum, Lincoln Park Zoo, Museum of Science and Industry, Navy Pier and Shedd Aquarium.
For event updates, visit ComEd.com/SwitchOnSummer.
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