Monday, May 10, 2010

Don't Miss Out: Chicago Street Fests


They suggest five dollars, but if you really must sneak down an alley to avoid giving a few bucks to local chamber of commerce, so be it. But the important thing about Chicago street fests: they're one of the best parts of the summer. As the lineups continue to be announced, Saturdays and Sundays are filling up on the calendar rapidly. I don't know if anybody even pays for indoor shows during the summer. We get more than enough out in the open air.

Here are the fests you can't miss. See ya there:

Do-Division: June 5 & 6
Division and Damen
The crowd sucks, I know. But last year, this street fest got Menomena to headline. So, there's good reason to shove past the Cubs fans and Wicker Park yuppies for Do-Division. This year, they got the Hood Internet, Sybris and YACHT.

Metronome Celebration: June 12 & 13
Milwaukee and Armitage
Logan Square was long overdue for a proper street fest, but they nailed it last year with Metronome. Here We Go Magic was the highlight of 2009, but the fest has taken things up a notch for 2010. Akron/Family. Come ready to get high on something. Something that'll make you dance like a hippie.

Green Music Festival: June 26 & 27
Chicago and Noble
This one isn't exactly a "street" fest, but it's close enough. It's smaller than most street fests actually, just as good on the music front. This year, David Bazan, Fang Island and Cloud Cult are playing in Ukrainian Village's Ekhart Park.

West Fest: July 10 & 11
Chicago and Damen
Now this Ukrainian Village fest does it in the street, closing down the mighty Chicago Avenue for two whole days. So far they've announced Fucked Up, and haven't yet revealed the headliner. But if Fucked Up has to play opener to some bigger act, that's a good sign.

Wicker Park Fest: July 31 & August 1
North and Division
I never go to this fest. It's too crowded usually. But, they always do have solid lineups. They haven't announced this year's yet, but expect the names to be big enough to turn the crotch of Wicker Park into an ocean of neon sunglasses and bad haircuts.

Oh, and don't forget the Renegade Craft Fair at the end of summer.

See ya in the street!

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