It’s sort of depressing that the Mayor’s Office of Special Events even had to make this announcement, but at least the news is mostly good.

Contrary to rumors that’ve been swirling ever since a bunch of genius assholes on Wall Street flushed the global economy down the toilet (and got showered with a few trillion of our dollars for doing it), the city’s lakefront music festivals will not begin charging admission in the upcoming year.

In case you’re wondering, the fests in question are the Gospel Music Festival (June 6 and 7), the Chicago Blues Festival (June 12 through 14, shortened one day), the Viva! Chicago Latin Music Festival (August 29 and 30), the Chicago Jazz Festival (September 4 through 6), Celtic Fest Chicago (September 12 and 13), and the Country Music Festival (October 3 and 4).