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DeWyze to perform Sept. 24 at Arlington Park
By Deborah Donovan | Daily Herald Staff
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Published: 9/2/2010 4:00 PM

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Lee DeWyze, the Mount Prospect resident who won American Idol, will present a solo concert Friday, Sept. 24, at Arlington Park, track officials announced Thursday.

Ticket prices - which start at $8 - cover a day of racing plus the evening concert and go on sale at 9 a.m. Friday, Sept. 3.

DeWyze will perform for at least 45 minutes in what is billed as his first solo Chicago appearance since winning the contest on the national television show. He was the headliner Saturday at the American Idols Live 2010 Tour at the United Center.

The Arlington Heights racetrack and 41,000 fans hosted DeWyze in May when he was one of the finalists and the television show promoted a "day" in his hometown.

The Sept. 24 show will start at 7:30 p.m. Racing will begin at 1 p.m. and end at 5 p.m. to allow for the stage to be set up near the winners circle, said David Zenner, track spokesman.

People who come for the racing can stay for the concert but will not be allowed to leave and re-enter after 5 p.m. Rules about what can and cannot be brought into the park that day will be on the website's ticket page for the event.

Tickets can be purchased online at, by calling (847) 385-7427, or at the Arlington Park box office on race days from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Racing occurs Thursday through Sunday and Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 6.

Everyone age 4 and older must pay admission, and children 15 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

"We are thrilled that Lee has selected Arlington Park to be the site of his first post American Idol solo performance," said Ken Kiehn, vice president of sales, marketing and guest relations. "His memorable and emotional performance here in May was so well received by his many fans who we hope will return to see Lee come home after becoming the 2010 American Idol winner."