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Division Street 2014 Fest Calendar

Do Division Street

photo: Do-Division Street Fest & Sidewalk Sale events courtesy of REP3


Dates: May 30 – June 1  

Location: Division St from Ashland to Leavitt

Cost: $5 donation

Hours: Fri, 5 pm to 10 pm; Sat & Sun, noon to 10 pm


Kicking off the 2014 fest season is the annual Do-Division Street Fest & Sidewalk Sale.  This signature Chicago street fest pits great shopping, live music and family entertainment together under the summer sun.  Spanning a lengthy 10-city blocks, this year’s bash features the Family Fun Fest, a Do-Fashion section, a multi-block sidewalk sale, and great food, crafts and artisans – highlighted by some of the best live music of fest season (band lineups TBA).  Music critics and fans alike typically rate the lineup among the best of the music fest season – and at only a fraction of the price ($5) compared to the other top guns.  The bottom line: Do-Division Street Fest gives the estimated 70,000-plus attendees each year a taste of what makes West Division (aka, “Do-Division”) one of the hottest destination corridors in Chicago!


Dates: June 21 – 22   

Location: Damen Ave b/w North and Schiller

Cost: $5 Donation

Hours: Noon to 10 pm both days



Aiming to motivate Chicagoans to make environmentally-conscious choices in their lives, Wicker Park’s Green Music Fest (note: Wicker Park has been officially added to the fest’s formal name) is one of the most unique music events of the summer.   The street festival sets itself apart from other fests by mixing great bands (lineups TBA) with environmentally-friendly production, eco-minded vendors and services, sustainability demonstrations, green arts & crafts and the always popular, Green Family Fun Fest.   At the core, Wicker Park’s Green Music Fest celebrates the neighborhood’s cultural roots – great music combined with a conscious eye toward the environment.


Dates: July 12 – 13

Location: Chicago Ave b/w Damen and Wood

Cost: $5 donation

Hours: Noon to 10 pm both days


There is something for everyone at West Fest, the street fair that reflects the eclectic persona of the booming West Town neighborhood.  In 2013, the Chicago Tribunesingled out West Fest for being one of the “best” overall summer fests in Chicagoland, and music critic Greg Kot called the lineup one of the best of the summer too!  The annual fest features top notch live tunes – from local cutting edge bands to national touring acts to the best DJs – on three stages (lineups TBA), plus Kid Fest (benefitting Talcott Fine Arts and Museum Academy), Pup Fest (benefitting local animal shelters) and an extraordinary array of vendor booths from neighborhood retailers, restaurants, and artists.  West Fest gives the estimated 60,000-plus attendees a taste of why historic West Town is experiencing a rebirth.


Dates: July 18 – 20  

Location: Ward Park (Kingsbury & Erie)

Cost: $5 Donation

Hours: Fri, 5 pm to 10 pm; Sat, noon to 10 pm; Sun, 11 am to 8 pm

Website: (*new website)

The Taste of River North (ToRN) continues to get bigger each year, with a record 40,000-plus attending in 2013.  Now in its 13th season, ToRN still takes place in the picturesque riverfront setting of Ward Park.  Along with a vast selection of notable restaurants (partial lineups posted on the new event website – and world-class galleries from the neighborhood, ToRN also features non-stop live music, boasting great Chicago party bands like Second Hand Smoke (Sublime tribute), Funky Monks (Red Hot Chili Peppers tribute) and Sixteen Candles (80s tribute) – among many others (more of this year’s lineup is also posted on the website).  ToRN has something that appeals to everyone, with three days of diverse River North cuisine along with artisans, bands, and a dedicated Kid’s Zone!   Having grown each year in size and scope, it can be said that ToRN is a fun, somewhat refined alternative, or follow-up, to the often chaotic experience that is Taste of Chicago earlier in the month!


Dates: July 26 – 27   

Location: Milwaukee Ave b/w North and Paulina

Cost: $5 Donation

Hours: noon to 10 pm both days


Can’t afford Lollapalooza or Pitchfork?  Wicker Park Fest is your next best ticket (and at only a fraction of the cost)!  Described as the “best street fest all summer” by Chicago magazine in 2013, Wicker Park Fest’s reputation has grown into epic proportions. In addition to a stellar live music bill that encompasses three stages and a kid’s stage (lineups TBA), Wicker Park Fest is a showcase of its diverse neighborhood.  Historic yet hip, Chicago’s Wicker Park and Bucktown district offers a variety of lifestyle options, including distinctive art, environmental-friendly businesses, acclaimed restaurants, family activities and a cutting-edge fashion scene – all represented at the fest.  Wicker Park Fest Arts area and Wicker Park Fest Kids area both have become can’t miss fests-within-fests themselves!  Over 70,000 are expected to attend this summer’s two-day event.



Dates: August 23 – 24

Location: Kendall College (parking lot), 900 Branch Street

Cost: $5 admission / open to the public

Hours: 11 am to 10 pm



The re-concepted version of 2011 and 2012’s popular Food Truck Social still includes a vast selection of Chicago’s most popular food trucks, but now also features a curated group of notable chef-driven local restaurant vendors and chef demonstrations with prominent guest celebrity chefs.  This year Top Chef finalist and Michelin Star-awarded Carlos Gaytan, chef-owner of Mexique in West Town, among many other guest chefs, will provide live preparation demonstrations and sell selections of culinary creations all weekend long.  The restaurant vendors here are not of the typical “street fest” variety; each will be hand-picked based on their popularity.  2013 vendors included Publican Quality Meats, Longman & Eagle, Endgrain, Red Door, and Table Donkey & Stick – to name a few; while food trucks included Fischman’s Wagyu Wagon, 5411 Empanadas, Tamale Spaceship, Beavers Coffee & Donuts and many more (this year’s lineups TBA).  Communal dining, hands on culinary activities for adults and kids, and a live music stage will help set the scene.  Proceeds benefit

Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters, a national non-profit attempting to end childhood hunger in America.



Dates: August 23 – 24

Location: Division Street from Wolcott to Paulina

Cost: $5 Donation

Hours: noon to 10 pm


Chicago Fashion Fest invites you to two days of non-stop fashionista action celebrating Chicago’s top designers, boutiques and latest looks.    The fashion-forward street fest features a bleachered-in runway stage where bands and DJs will set the tone as models tout “What’s in” for end of summer and fall 2014.  Over 20 unique fashion runway shows (15-20 minutes each) will be included over the two days, including segments like: vintage, kids, teen, back-to-school, curvaceous, bridal, ‘Do-Fashion’ (with only Division Street boutiques) and  more.   The highlight of Chicago Fashion Fest will be the dazzling runway shows each night starting at 8 pm called Wicker Park after Dark – charity-hosted red carpet extravaganzas that attract paparazzi, VIPs and celebs.  An on-site “Shopper’s Row” will also be home to up to 50 exclusive booths of local fashion designers, boutiques, and salons, as well as food and drink tents and a dedicated kids area.


Dates: Sept 20 – 21        

Location: Grand Ave b/w Damen & Wood

Cost: $5 Donation  

Hours: 11 am to 6 pm both days


Contemporary and sustainable design thrives in Grand Avenue’s Design District, where on one weekend the best local makers and collectors of design objects pop-up shop in an aesthetic marketplace.  At its core, the annual Design Harvest is a creative celebration of design – a showcase of the wide spectrum of home & garden disciplines.  It’s here where vintage and antique objects find their afterlife amongst environmentally-friendly and modern goods handcrafted by top Chicago designers.  This one-of-a-kind street fest also features original live music (lineups TBA), family activities, hay rides, and more.  Between large-scale vendor tents, fest-goers will sip wine and enjoy food from local restaurant vendors, and grab a seat on a hay bale while listening to music.  New to 2014 will be a tie-in to the event media sponsor, Chicago magazine’s Chairs for Charity auction.  Also this year’s event will focus more on the designers and offer more interactive design activities, consultations, and demonstrations.


Dates: Oct 3 – 4  

Location: On Chicago Avenue between Leavitt and Ogden / Milwaukee  

Cost: Free (no donation request)

Hours: Fri, 5 pm to 10 pm; Sat, 11 am to 10 pm



For a fourth consecutive year, West Town’s prominent artist community boasts its talents at this pop-up gallery / Art Walk.  The free Art Walk features art in all forms within dozens of storefronts.  During the Friday and Saturday event, attendees can enjoy visual art, performance art, music, culinary and fashion from Chicago artists showcased within West Town’s shops, businesses, restaurants, and bars along Chicago Avenue.  There’s also a “party central” tented location with beer and wine, a designer “lounge” area, and DJs.  Other activities include: trolleys and bike rickshaws transporting guests throughout the event, an after party and performance art along the Chicago Avenue corridor.


Dates: Dec 6 – 7

Location: Division between Ashland and Leavitt

Cost: Free

Hours: 11 am to 6 pm



Holiday shoppers are urged to refocus attention on the small, independent businesses in one of the most charming retailer corridors, West Division.  On the weekend of December 6th and 7th, Division between Ashland and Leavitt is again transforming into Do-Division Holiday, a neighborhood “festival-like” atmosphere unlike anywhere else in the city or suburbs this holiday season.  The free event invites holiday shoppers to take time this season to shop small while also having fun.  Dozens of restaurants, boutiques, salons, bars, and galleries along Division Street will participate, offering sales exclusive to that weekend, holiday decorations galore, charity tie-ins, complimentary drinks and food, caroling and much more. Other event activities include a Build-a-Snowman event for families and free “jolly trolleys” running up and down Division and to Michigan Avenue.

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