Charter One: What’s In Your Bay?

While Snoop Dogg was having a good time on land in Chicago, some of the seafaring neighbors weren’t.

When the Download Festival visited Charter One Pavilion at Northerly Island September 2nd, boaters in Burnham Harbor protested by honking their horns at 8 p.m., according to the Chicago Tribune.

"It’s not just the boaters," protest organizer Tom Collins told the paper. "It’s also about the families who want to walk along the lakefront."

Snoop was onstage when the horns blew (people in the parking lot honked their horns as well), but the festival also included Brand New, Band of Horses and Wolf Parade.

The protest follows a second weekend of loud music at the venue, Collins said. Dozens of boaters started exchanging e-mails after an August 26th hip-hop concert with Wu-Tang Clan and Talib Kweli that the seafarers deemed too loud.

"It shouldn’t be that loud," Collins said. "The issue I had was with the vulgarity. They were talking about taking a snub-nosed revolver and shooting cops. You shouldn’t be able to do that, out there in the open air."

Boaters have reportedly written Charter One officials, the Chicago Park District (which owns the venue) and city officials, complaining of the noise.

John Vlautin, spokesman for facility operator Live Nation, could not be reached for comment at press time.