5th Annual Design Harvest Festival 9.20-9.21

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West Town’s “Grand Avenue Design District” will prove to be a mecca for designers and design enthusiasts on September 20th and 21st when the best local home and garden designers come together for the aesthetic marketplace known as Design Harvest. Now in its 5th year, a revamped Design Harvest will focus more on the designers themselves, boasting a seminar tent with “how to” workshops by sponsor Houzz, design seminars, special guest speakers, expert design panels, interactive design demonstrations and more.

In addition to home and garden objects that range from vintage and antique to environmentally-conscious and modern, Design Harvest 2014 also features great local food vendors, cold beer, good wine, and live music by the Hideout. Christy Webber Farm & Garden Center sponsors family-friendly harvest time activities at their Fall Festival, including hay rides, petting zoo, pumpkin painting, and much more. Attendance each year has grown significantly, with media outlets annually touting Design Harvest as one of the “can’t miss” fests of the year.

Produced by the West Town Chamber of Commerce and a planning committee of local Grand Avenue Design District business owners, Design Harvest covers the wide spectrum of home design disciplines found throughout Chicago; as well as spotlights the design businesses specifically on Grand Avenue. The two-day program consists of a juried exhibition of tented vignettes, or “little stores,” each boasting unique themes and products for sale, a silent auction, and the all-new design seminars and Houzz how-to tent.

Besides perusing the participating designer’s vignettes in a large designer tent, fest-goers may sip sponsored wine and craft beer by Leinenkugel, enjoy great food from local restaurant vendors, grab a seat on a hay bale or listen to live music on the WXRT sponsored stage programmed by the legendary Chicago music venue, The Hideout.

The Design Vendors:
Design Harvest is a curated exhibition and vendors are hand selected by the producers and a jury of design experts. The high quality vendors will create vignettes inside a large scale white tent. The 2014 lineup of participating design vendors is TBA in subsequent release.

The Live Music:
Setting the weekend vibe will be the live musical entertainment area, programmed by Chicago’s legendary live music venue, The Hideout. Live music takes place throughout both days, featuring East of Edens Soul Express DJs both days, The Lawrence Peters Outfit at 6 pm on Saturday, and Golden Horse Ranch Band with a Huge Square Dance with Caller right in the street on Sunday at 4:30 pm. The rest of the live music schedule is TBA in subsequent release.

The Families Activities:
For children and families, there will again be a ton of fun-filled activities from 11 am to 4 pm both days at Christy Webber Farm & Garden Center. Activities include:

* ‘Free’ tractor hay rides between Design Harvest and Christy Webber Farm & Garden
* Petting zoo 11am-3pm both days
* Mini hay maze for young kids
* Face painting
* Build your own scarecrow! We will supply the straw, rope, sticks and advice – but YOU MUST bring your old clothes to make your scarecrow out of.
* Pumpkin carving demonstrations by creative pumpkin artists.
* Fall refreshments – apple cider and homemade baked goods.
* Multiple photos opportunities: fall settings, fun face cut-outs and farm tractors and landscape equipment to sit on. Bring your cameras!
* Visit the free range chickens and check out the huge and unusual selection of pumpkins, gourds, cornstalks and more! Free local delivery for those without cars!

The Fine Print:
Design Harvest takes place September 20th from 11 am to 8 pm and September 21st from 11 am to 6 pm on Grand Avenue from Damen to Wood. There is a $5 donation requested for admittance. This is a rain or shine event (vendors will be under large tents). For more information, visit http://www.design-harvest.com or find Design Harvest on Facebook at Facebook.com/designharvest, or call (312) 850-9390. More info on the Design District at http://www.grandavedesigndistrict.com.

Design Harvest 2014 sponsors include: West Town Chicago Chamber of Commerce, Chicago Magazine, Chairs for Charity, Grand Avenue Design District, Houzz, Leinenkugel, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, WXRT, Hailo, Sameday Signs, The Hideout, Eurofurniture, Christy Webber Farm and Garden Center, Albany Steel & Brass, and Chicago Event Graphics.

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2014 Chicago Festivals

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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. 

June 

  • 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)

July

  • 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

August

  • 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

 

September

  • 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

October

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Division Street 2014 Fest Calendar

Do Division Street

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

DO-DIVISION STREET FEST AND SIDEWALK SALE

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!

WICKER PARK’S GREEN MUSIC FEST

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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Design Harvest Fest, 9.28-9.29

Chicago, IL (September 17, 2013) – The best local makers and collectors of design objects are coming together for an aesthetic feast, Saturday, September 28th through Sunday, September 29th.  The creative celebration of home and garden design, known as the Design Harvest festival (design-harvest.com), features the contemporary and sustainable innovations that thrive in West Town’s “Design District” (grandavenuedesigndistrict.com) alongside live music programmed by The Hideout, harvest-time family activities, and some of the top local restaurant vendors.

 

Unlike ordinary street festivals, Design Harvest on Grand Avenue is both a cultural and a commercial event.  “We create a community of talent that inspires everyone involved,” says Angela Finney, designer and vendor coordinator for the fest.  Design Harvest is a melding of nuances from the world-famous Paris Flea Market and London Design Festival.  Attendance each year has grown significantly, with some media outlets calling it one of the “can’t miss” fests of the year.

 

The Design Vendors:

Produced by the West Town Chamber of Commerce, Design Harvest covers the wide spectrum of design disciplines found throughout Chicago; as well as spotlights the design businesses on Grand Avenue in West Town (a.k.a., Design District).  The one-of-a-kind, family-friendly street fest includes some of the best local furniture and home accessory makers, vintage and antique collectors, and leading local retailers in the home design industry.  The two-day program consists of tented vignettes, or “little stores,” each boasting unique themes and products for sale, and juried exhibitions.

 

Design Harvest 2013 vendors include Chicago notables like Beau Hale, Kylie Egge, Eric Erf Wood Design, Dock 6, and Room Service, as well as Grand Avenue Design District businesses such as:

 

Artemisia

2246 W. Grand

artemisiastyle.com

 

Bill Bruss Design

1847 W. Grand

billbrussdesign.com

 

BLDG. 51. Gallery & Museum

BLDG51.com

 

Buckingham I+D

1820 W. Grand

buckinghamID.com

 

Christy Webber

Farm & Garden Center

2200 W. Grand

christywebber.com

 

Design Inc.

1847 W. Grand

designincstoreonline.com

 

EuroFurniture

2145 W. Grand

EuroFurniture.com

 

The Find

1819 W. Grand

thefind-antiques.com

 

Nicholas Design

Collaborative, Ltd.
509 N. Wolcott  nicholasdc.com

 

Mia Rao Design
509 N. Wolcott  miaraodesign.com

 

The Painted  Lady

1819 W. Grand

thepaintedladychicago.com

 

State Street Salvage

2248 W. Grand

statestreetsalvage.com

 

Urban Remains

1850 W. Grand

urbanremainschicago.com

 

The Live Music:

Helping set the tone again is the live musical entertainment area, programmed by Chicago’s legendary live music venue, The Hideout.  The lineup is oriented towards blue grass and country.  The highlight of the weekend is Square Dancing, a Design Harvest tradition, on Saturday afternoon!

 

Saturday, Sept. 28th:

1 to 2:30- Majors Junction-www.majorsjunction.com

2:50 to 4:20- Golden Horse Ranch Band-www.goldenhorseranch.com -a square dance in the street – caller and all!

4:40 to 6:10- Jane Baxter Miller- www.janebaxtermiller.com

6:30 to 8:00- Al Scorch’s Country Soul Ensemble www.alscorch.com

8:00 to midnight – After Party @ EuroFurniture, with East of Edens Soul Express DJs- www.eastofedenssoulexpress.com

 

Sunday, Sept. 29th:

1 to 2:30- Bubbly Creek Bluegrass Band- www.bubblycreekbluegrass.com

2:50 to 4:20- The Lawrence Peters Outfit-www.lawrencepetersoutfit.com

4:40 to 6:10- Gin Palace Jesters- www.ginpalacejesters.com

6:30 to 8:00- Grit and the Double Knit- www.gritandthedoubleknit.com

 

*Contact publicist Jody Grimaldi at jody@trafficpr.net for images (high res available), interview requests, etc.

 

The Food Vendors and Kids Activities:

Between design vendor tents, fest-goers can grab a seat on a hay bale and enjoy fantastic local food and drink vendors.

 

For kids and families, there will again be a ton of fun-filled activities from 11 am to 4 pm both days at Christy Webber Farm & Garden Center, courtesy of Christy Webber Landscapes and the Farm & Garden Center.  Activities include:

  • ‘Free’ tractor hay rides between Design Harvest and Christy Webber Farm & Garden
  •  Petting zoo
  •  Mini hay maze for young kids
  •  Face painting
  • Build your own scarecrow! We will supply the straw, rope, sticks and advice – but YOU MUST bring your old clothes to make your scarecrow out of.
  • Pumpkin carving demonstrations by creative pumpkin artists.
  • Fall refreshments – apple cider and homemade baked goods.
  • Make a homemade bird feeder, and talk to experts on supporting and attracting birds.
  • Multiple photos opportunities: fall settings, fun face cut-outs and farm tractors and landscape equipment to sit on. Bring your cameras!
  • Visit the free range chickens and check out the huge and unusual selection of pumpkins, gourds, cornstalks and more! Free local delivery for those without cars!

The “Fine Art Annex” and After Party:

After Party @ EuroFurniture 2145 W. Grand

8:00 to midnight- East of Edens Soul Express DJs – eastofedenssoulexpress.com

 

Sponsored by Chicago Magazine, Eurofurniture will be the place to be Saturday evening for a night of fun, music, dancing and drinks –  and an opening reception for the all-new “Fine Art Annex” area of Design Harvest. Fine Artists Rob Benton and Keith Pastrick among others will be featured. Rob-benton.com  & keithpastrick.com.

 

The Fine Print:

Design Harvest takes place Sept 28-29 from 11 am to 8 pm on Grand Avenue from Damen to Wood.  Cost of admission is FREE (with a $5 donation request).  This is a rain or shine event (vendors will be under large tents).  For more information, visit www.design-harvest.com or find us on Facebook at Facebook.com/designharvest, or call (312) 850-9390. More info on the Design District at www.grandavedesigndistrict.com.

 

Sponsors include: West Town Chamber of Commerce, Third Shift, Coors Light, Crispin Cider, Naked Grape, Chicago Home & Garden, XRT, Christy Webber Farm & Garden Center, Hideout, and Albany Steel & Brass.