Wicker Park Green Music Fest 6.21-6.22

Wicker Park Green Music Fest

Wicker Park Green Music Fest

One part music, one part eco-living is the recipe behind the annual Wicker Park Green Music Fest. For a sixth consecutive year, Wicker Park Green Music Fest will rock Chicagoans into making environmentally-conscious choices in their lives this summer. As always, heart-pounding live music is the highlight of the weekend, and this year’s new ‘pedal powered’ stage has raised the bar. Besides cyclists providing the natural wattage for the music, this unique Chicago street festival pairs culturally relevant musical performances alongside vendors championing green business practices, with demonstrations, arts & crafts and family activities – all wrapped up into one summer weekend, Saturday, June 21 and Sunday, June 22 (location info listed under ‘fine print’ section).

By embracing established and emerging green technology, products, and services, Wicker Park Green Music Fest’s 2014 mission encompasses an accessible community with cutting-edge programming, engaged and informed citizens, and sustainable lifestyles.

The Green Music:
First and foremost, Wicker Park Green Music Fest is at its core, a music festival. Two stages programmed by Wicker Park’s own Subterranean feature non-stop live music all weekend, with everything from cutting-edge local groups to national touring headliners like Moon Taxi and Guided By Voices, who have recorded six high-quality full-length albums in less than four years. If the sorry state of the present day indie- alt- or just plain rock landscape is the disease, groups like Guided By Voices is the cure. The full weekend music lineup is as follows:

Saturday, June 21

North Stage:
Guided By Voices – 8:30
Bobby Bare Jr – 7:20
Viet Cong – 6:10
Cheap Girls – 5:00
Meat Wave – 4:00
Geronimo! – 3:00

Bicycle Powered Stage:
honeyhoney – 7:30
Edward David Anderson – 6:15
Mike Golden & Friends – 5:10
Safe Haven – 4:10
Pat McKillen – 3:40
Woodrow Hart & Haymaker – 3:00
Mississippi Gabe Carter – 2:10
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Bash On Wabash 8.23-8.24

Bash On Wabash

Bash On Wabash

Bash on Wabash will cap off summer fest season with a bang August 23rd and 24th.   The South Loop’s premier outdoor event marks 11 years of bringing neighbors and businesses together to celebrate the beauty, creativity, history and culture of the hood.  Located in the heart of the South Loop on Wabash Avenue between 13th and 14th Place, the 2014 edition of The Bash offers something for everyone, from non-stop live music, local restaurants, arts & crafts, vendor row and a family area that Red Tricycle recently called one of Chicago’s best.


“What started out as a group of neighbors getting together in the early days of the South Loop’s development has become the neighborhood’s quintessential annual event,” says Jeanette Johnson, President of The Greater South Loop Association.  “The Bash showcases the best of our community in a positive, entertaining atmosphere.”


Benefiting the Greater South Loop Association, The Bash mirrors the South Loop’s diversity, featuring a wide variety of choices.  Sangria at this year’s Bash on Wabash is sponsored and prepared by M Lounge, a South Loop martini lounge offering live music Tuesday through Saturday. The Sangria is made from the same recipe served at The Bash for the last five years and was the winner of the South Loop’s Favorite Sangria contest six years ago. Available in red, white or mixed, it’s a refreshing break on a nice summer day.


The Music

Live music at The Bash features original bands throughout the weekend – everything from touring headliners to cutting-edge local acts.  The wave 1 lineup is as follows (additional musicians to be announced in subsequent release):


The Oh My’s

Martin Van Ruin

Steepwater Band

Tall Walker

The Damn Choir


The Family Fun Area

The Bash also boasts an elaborate family fun zone with carnival games, magicians, bounce houses, and a music and entertainment stage targeted for young ones.  Sponsored by First American Bank,  the area will include: B.I.G. Baseball Academy, Sod Room, Lango, historical crafts by Glessner House and Clarke House, plus a book reading by Tia Meredith, and more!


The Beneficiary

The Greater South Loop Association is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit community association comprised of an alliance of residents focused on the overarching mission to maintain and improve the South Loop as a vibrant and diverse, inclusive community.  One of the ways the GSLA achieves this mission is through its regular event calendar and neighborhood street fest, Bash on Wabash, to bring South Loop neighbor’s together.


The Fine Print

The Bash hours of operation are 11:30 am to 10 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.  There is a $5 suggested donation for admittance.


For more information, visit www.bashonwabash.org.



Wicker Park Bucktown TAP Beer Fest – Tickets Still Available

224Limited tickets are still available for TAP beer fest on June 22, when many of Wicker Park and Bucktown’s best beer haunts will congregate to promote the art of brewing and all its delicious spoils. TAP is in essence, a salute to Wicker Park and Bucktown’s thriving beer scene that takes place under one roof – The Chop Shop (2033 W. North Ave) – from 1 pm to 5 pm. The second-year event provides the opportunity for beer lovers to sample suds from 18 of the best breweries, brew pubs, and beer-focused bars in the hood, all for one ticket price.

Produced by the Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce and Map Room, a TAP ticket costs $40. Admission gets you: a commemorative beer tasting glass, 10 six-ounce servings of the participating venue’s beers of your choice, music, and four hours of fun. There will also be a variety of noshes from local restaurants available for purchase. For more info or to purchase tickets, visit http://www.wickerparkbucktown.com/events-chamber/wpb-tap-2014.

The Participants:
From bars that brew their own beer to others who carry truly impressive selections, TAP offers a diverse collection. Participants include:

  • bar bar black sheep
  • Bucktown Pub
  • Dimo’s
  • Division Ale House
  • Double Door
  • Emporium
  • Fatpour Tap Works
  • Feast Restaurant + Bar
  • Floyd’s Pub
  • High Noon Saloon
  • Links Taproom
  • Map Room
  • Piece
  • Pipeworks Brewing co.
  • Provenance
  • The Bluebird
  • The Boundary
  • WeeGee’s

**Proceeds from the event support the Chamber’s economic development initiatives to sustain local, independent businesses.

Do Division Street

2014 Chicago Festivals

Do Division Street

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

Fest Season is in full swing! Check out our list of 2014 Chicago Festivals. More details and fests added weekly. 


  • Maifest, May 29-June 1, Lincoln Square at Lincoln Ave. and Leland Ave.
  • Festival del Taco,  May 30 – June 1, Little Village, 2600 S. Kostner (at 26th St.)
  • Do Division, Division Street festival, May 30 – June 1, 2014
  • New Orleans festival, May 31-June 1, West Lakeview at Lincoln Ave. and Addison
  • Lincoln Park Greek Fest, .June 6-8
  • Chicago Food Truck Fest, June 7, outside U.S. Cellular Field
  • Bacon Chase  June 7, Montrose Beach
  • Ravinia Festival, June 5 through September 14, Highland Park
  • Ribfest Chicago, June 6-8, Lincoln/Irving Park/Damen
  • Andersonville Midsommarfest, June 6-8, Andersonville
  • Belmont-Sheffield Music Festival, June 7-8, Lakeview, Sheffield/Belmont
  • 57th Street Art Fair: June 7-8, Hyde Park
  • Printers Row Lit Fest, June 7, 8, Printers Row neighborhood, Dearborn and Polk Streets
  • Grant Park Music Festival, June 11 – August 16
  • Spring Awakening, June 13-15, Soldier Field
  • Old Town Art Fair, June 14, 15, Old Town
  • Wells Street Art Festival, June 14, 15, Wells Street, between North Avenue and Division Street
  • Fiestas Puertorriqueñas and Puerto Rican Parade, June 12-15, Humboldt Park, Division Street
  • Taste of Randolph Street, June 13-15
  • Chicago Blues Fest, June 13-15, Grant Park, Millennium Park
  • 6 Corners BBQ Fest, June 14-15, 4000 N. Milwaukee Ave. (at Irving Park Rd./Cicero Ave. to Belle Plaine)
  • Long Grove Strawberry Festival, June 20-22, downtown Long Grove
  • Renegade Craft Art Fair, Mini Market June 21-22
  • Gold Coast Art Festival, June 21, 22, Grant Park’s Butler Field at the corner of Monroe and Lake Shore Drive
  • Pride Fest, June 21, 22, Halsted and Waveland
  • Wicker Park’s Green Music Fest, June 21, 22, Damen between North and Schiller
  • Milwaukee Ave Arts Fest , June 27-29
  • World’s Largest Block Party, June 27, 28, Old St. Patrick’s Church, 700 W. Adams
  • Gospel Music Festival, June 27-29, Ellis Park in Bronzeville
  • Chive Fest June 28, Soldier Field, Stadium Green South
  • 2014 Chicago Dragon Boat Race for Literacy, June 28, Ping Tom Memorial Park, 300 W. 19th Street
  • Chicago Summerfest (formerly Chicago Country Fest), June 28, 29, Clark Street and Armitage
  • Randolph Street Market Festival, June 28, 29, 1350 block W. Randolph and 1340 W. Washington Street between Ada and Ogden
  • Pride Parade, June 29, North Broadway, Boystown
Randolph Street Market (Poor Girl's Guide Chicago)

Randolph Street Market (Poor Girl’s Guide Chicago)


  • International Festival of Life: July 3-6, Union Park
  • Chosen Few Picnic, July 3-6, in Jackson Park, 63rd and Hayes Drive
  • Fourth of July Fireworks, July 4, Navy Pier, 9:30 p.m.
  • Wavefront Music Festival, July 4-6, Montrose Beach
  • Summer on Southport, July 12, 13, Southport and Waveland
  • Windy City RibFest: July 4-6, Uptown, Lawrence and Broadway
  • Taste of Lakeview, July 5, 6, Lincoln at Belmont
  • Rock Around the Block, July 5, 6, Belmont and Lincoln Avenue
  • Taste of Chicago, July 9-13, Grant Park
  • Windy City Smokeout, July 11-13, River North, Hubbard and Rush Streets
  • Michigan Avenue Art Festival, July 11-13, Pioneer Court
  • Square Roots Music Festival, July 11-13, Lincoln Square
  • Irish American Heritage Festival: July 11-13, Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox
  • West Fest: July 12,13, West Town, Chicago Ave. from Damen to Wood
  • Roscoe Village Burger Fest, July 12,13, Belmont and Damen
  • Pitchfork Music Festival: July 18-20, Union Park
  • BenFest 2014, July 18-20, St. Benedict’s
  • Chinatown Summer Fair, July 20, Wentworth Ave from Cermak Road to 24th Place
  • Taste of River North: July 18-20, River North, Kingsbury and Erie Street
  • Celebrate Clark Street Festival, Saturday, July 19, 20, between Morse and Estes Avenue
  • Sheffield Garden Walk & Festival: July 19,-20, Lincoln Park, Sheffield and Webster
  • North Dearborn Street Garden Walk, July 20, starts Latin School, 45 W. North
  • Jeff Fest Arts and Music Festival, July 25-27, Jefferson Park, Lawrence and Long Avenues
  • Wicker Park Fest, July 26 – 27, Milwaukee and North
  • Taste of Lincoln Avenue, July 26 – 27, N. Lincoln Avenue between Fullerton & Wrightwood
  • Randolph Street Market Festival, July 26, 27, 1350 block W. Randolph and 1340 W. Washington Street between Ada and Ogden
  • Wicker Park Fest, July 26-27, Milwaukee Avenue Between North Avenue and Paulina Street
  • Taste of Lincoln Avenue: July 26, 27, Lincoln Park, Fullerton and Wrightwood
  • Fiesta del Sol: July 31-August 3, Pilsen on Cermak between Morgan and Ashland
Magnificent Mile Shopping Festival

Magnificent Mile Shopping Festival


  • Fiesta del Sol: July 31-August 3, Pilsen on Cermak between Morgan and Ashland
  • Lollapalooza, August 1-3, Grant Park
  • Edge Fest: August 2, 3, Edgewater, 5900 N. Broadway at Thorndale Ave.
  • Wrigleyville Summerfest, August 2, 3, School Street and Seminary Avenue
  • Taste of Latin America, August 2 – 3, 3600 to 3828 W Armitage
  • Ginza Holiday, August 8-10, Midwest Buddhist Temple, Old Town
  • Northalsted Market Days, August 9, 10, Halsted Street and Belmont Avenue
  • Retro on Roscoe, August 9, 10, Damen Avenue and Roscoe Street
  • Festa Italiana, August 14-August 17, Little Italy, Taylor St.
  • Glenwood Avenue Arts Fest: August 15-17, Rogers Park
  • Edison Park Fest, August 15-17, Chicago’s northwest side, Oshkosh and Olmsted
  • Chicago Westside Music Festival – August 16, Garfield Park
  • Chicago Air & Water Show, August 16, 17 (rehearsal August 15) North Avenue Beach
  • Albany Park World Fest (New) August 16 – 17, Lawrence & Kimball
  • Chicago Dancing Festival, August 20 – 23, various locations
  • Clark After Dark, August 21, Clark and Hubbard Streets
  • The Boulevard, August 22-24, Logan Boulevard and Milwaukee Avenue
  • The Magnificent Mile Shopping Festival, August 21-September 1, North Michigan Avenue
  • Chicago Fashion Fest, Saturday, August 23-24, Division St. from Wolcott to Paulina
  • Bash On Wabash, August 23-24, Wabash Avenue between 13th and 14th Place
  • Taste of Greektown, August 23 – 24, 400 S. Halsted St. at Van Buren
  • Chicago New Orleans Fest,  August 23 – 24, Sheffield and Wellington
  • Chicago Food Social, August 23 – 24, Kendall College (parking lot), 900 Branch Street
  • Chicago Fashion fest, August 23 – 24, Division Street from Wolcott to Paulina
  • Bucktown Arts Festival, August 23 – 24, Bucktown
  • Ukrainian Days Festival, August 23, 24, Smith Park at Grand/Campbell
  • Chicago Fringe Festival, August 28 – September 7, Jefferson Park
  • Chicago Jazz Festival, August 28 – 31, Grant Park
  • African Festival of the Arts, August 29 – September 1
  • North Coast Music Festival, August 29 – 31, Union Park
  • Taste of Polonia, August 29 to September 1, Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence Ave.
  • Remix Chicago: Chicago’s Recycled Art Fair, August 30 – 31, Milwaukee Avenue between Fullerton and California Avenues
  • Randolph Street Market Festival, August 30 – 31, 1350 block W. Randolph and 1340 W. Washington Street between Ada and Ogden
  • 65th Annual Greek Festival St., August, TBD, Demetrios Church



  • Taste of Polonia, August 29 to September 1, Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence Ave.
  • German American Fest, September 5-7, Lincoln and Leland Avenues
  • Roscoe Village Oyster Fest, September 6, Damen Avenue & Roscoe St.
  • Fulton Fest, September 12,13, Fulton Avenue between Damen and Hoyne
  • Festival de la Villita, September 12-14, 26th Street and Kostner Avenue
  • Riot Fest, September 12-14, Humboldt Park, 1440 N. Sacramento Avenue
  • Crush in Old Town (previously Wells Street Fall Festival), September 13 – 14, Wells and North
  • Design Harvest, September 20-21, Grand Ave between Damen & Wood
  • Andersonville City Made Fest, September 20, 21, Clark and Argyle
  • Oktoberfest Chicago, September 26-28, Southport and Lincoln Avenue (a complete list of Oktoberfest happenings will appear in a separate post in early September).
  • Chicago Gourmet, September 26 – 28, Harris Theatre and Millennium Park
  • Hyde Park Jazz Festival, September 27 – 28, Hyde Park, various locations
  • Randolph Street Market Festival, September 27, 28, 1350 block W. Randolph and 1340 W. Washington Street between Ada and Ogden


Photos: Randolph Street Market May 2014

Randolph Street Market 5.24-5.25

Randolph Street Market 2014

Randolph Street Market 2014


Kicking off May 24+25 and recurring monthly through September, this timeless indoor/outdoor RETRO-SPECTACLE market reigns supreme with summer extravaganzas like none other!

Chicago’s Randolph Street Market, the country’s largest and liveliest urban antiques market, is celebrating 11 years as the premier vintage extravaganza with the can’t miss season opener kicking off summer, May 24 and 25, 2014. Doors open at 10 am, with early buy beginning at 8 am. Over 250 fabulous sellers, around the clock entertainment, disco dance party, a beer and wine garden with carnival games, hot international crowd and design stars, vintage beach bunnies, cooling stations and cabanas, fashion shows, artisan food vendors, and more- the indoor/outdoor season opener is the place to be and be seen to kick off your Chicago summer! Come for the amazing one-of-a-kind finds, and stay for the entire experience.

Don’t miss the following fun elements at this month’s Market:

• Sally Schwartz, Market founder, award winning party planner, and queen of vintage, will host VIP guests in her Cabana designed by internationally acclaimed Chicago designer, Michael Del Piero of Michael Del Piero Good Design. Over the past decade, interior designer Michael Del Piero has created a distinctive aesthetic that fuses rough with luxurious and ancient with modern.  With her easygoing trademark flair, Michael will present a Rustically Refined “Living Tablescape” just in time for outdoor entertaining season! Be inspired by Michael’s gorgeous designs and check out the décor, tabletop essentials and furnishings from the Market’s top dealers Michael collected over time-all available for purchase.

• Come to the Fun Flower Foto Booth outside Sally’s Cabana for professional and candid shots of you and your friends, which will be available for download for you to take home.

• The Cabana will also play host to a roundtable with “Legends of the Antique Business” including Danielle Arnett, Susan Klein and Al Baghdad who will take part in a panel discussion/podcast in Sally’s Cabana hosted by Martin Willis, founder of the Antique & Auction forum. Antiques pro Harry Rinker will be onsite Saturday to give appraisals, in the ballroom 11am-2pm.

• 2013, 2012 & 2011 Emmy Award winner, Comedian/Travel & Foodie Expert Mark DeCarlo will make his debut at the Market. On Saturday, shoppers can take part in his interactive cooking demonstration where he will be giving away a free Caribbean vacation, as well as performing his Old Blue Eyes music set. You can meet Mark and pick up a copy of his signed book Taste of America with Mark DeCarlo.

• Cool down in the Shade Shack and go back in time with a market-wide Disco dance party at noon Saturday. Windy City Jitterbug and guest Rockabilly DJ Killer Diller will be rocking and rolling all weekend long with different jams from all the eras! Additionally, Chicago’s own Dusty Groove will serve as a hub for our vinyl record sellers.

• Chill out in the Hops & Grapes Gazebo featuring different beers each month from The House of Glunz Beer and Wine Garden wine from the West Loop’s City Winery.

• A rotating list of bands will be playing around the clock including fan favorites Woodstreet Bloodhounds, The Toni Morrison Quartet and Contrabanda. Visit randolphstreetmarket.com to see the full list of entertainment!

• Tandem Felix Letterpress returns with a Print Your Own Postcard Workshop. PRINT YOUR OWN POSTCARD WORKSHOP + MARKET ENTRY: $25
Sunday, May 25, 2014 Class – 12:30-2pm

• Bring your kids for a day of Treasure Hunting! Pick up a Treasure Map and activity sheet at the front gate and enjoy a day of exploration at RSM. Hand in the completed sheet to the Washington St gate and let your child pick a prize from the treasure chest, as well as take home a goody bag filled with bubbles, crayons and more.

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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

Website: www.do-divisionstreetfest.com

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

Website: www.greenmusicfestchicago.com

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