MAPLE PARK – Kanye West, the outspoken musician, rapper and Chicago native, set up an event Wednesday night in an odd locale: Kuipers Family Farm in Maple Park.
The event was one of three scheduled listening parties across the nation, which the artist has called “Project Wyoming.” The events, hosted in support of West’s new album, “ye”, which was released June 1, mimic a shindig the artist hosted May 31 in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
With about 450 people attending, “it was a much bigger crowd than we originally anticipated,” said farm owner Kim Kuiper, adding that she and her staff were prepped for about 200 VIPs in attendance before hearing that afternoon of another free ticket release.
“Big thanks to our Kane County Sheriff’s Department for stepping up and immediately helping us out with traffic," Kuiper said.
According to Kuiper, West, who was not at the event, chose the location because the environment reminded him of his time in Wyoming – serene, relaxed and with natural beauty.
Parties took place in Maple Park (deemed the “Chicago” location), and Miami yesterday. A Brooklyn event is set to take place today.
Guests were treated to a debut of the album alongside a bonfire, and had the opportunity to purchase exclusive merchandise while there.
What they didn’t get was Kanye West himself.
“ I think they were happy, though,” Kuiper said. “It was a very chill crowd, eating cider donuts and listening to music. A really relaxing evening.”