An analysis undertaken by Beacon Economics, LLC estimates that the inaugural EDC Chicago cycled an impressive $26.1 million into the city’s economy. According to a press release from Insomniac, the Memorial Day weekend festival created 279 full-time equivalent jobs and generated income up to $10.9 million for local laborers.

Insomniac founder and CEO Pasquale Rotella shared his thoughts on these impressive numbers.

When we produce an event we want it to be a positive and memorable experience for the fans while also benefitting the communities that host our events. To learn that our festival helped generate over $26 million for the local Joliet economy is really gratifying.

With all of the negative attention paid to EDM festivals this year, it’s nice to remember how they can also benefit communities. To learn more, check out the full report here.