Chicago Street Festivals

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For those who don’t know, summer is when the city of Chicago is in its prime. Even Kanye had to note “summertime Chi..ahhh.”  It’s finally hot enough to lay on the beach and catch up on your natural, non-fake-n-bake tan, day drink whenever the mood strikes and it’s the best time to listen to music for free.
“Now throw your hands up in the skyyy” 
Yep, free. Every summer this lovely city hosts a number of street festivals and music festivals all over the city from the southside to the westside and back up to the north and most of them are cover free. Just this past weekend a show organized by Inner-City Muslim Action Network (IMAN) called Takin’ It to the Streets rocked the southside at Marquette Park. There were four stages featuring Mos Def, Brother Ali, Tinariwen and Kindred the Family Soul. In addition to these artists it also featured a 3-on-3 basketball tournament.
I can’t vouch for everyone but music and basketball together are a deal breaker for me.
If you missed Takin’ It to the Streets, don’t worry. Chicago has many more festivals going on this summer with amazing artists. 

Here are a few of the festivals that will definitely be worth stopping by:

Taste of Chicago: July 25-July 4
Not only can you enjoy the amazing food at the Taste of Chicago but over at the Petrillo Music Shell you can see the likes of Los Lobos, Passion Pit, Salt-n-Pepa, Gavin Rossdale, Trey Songz, the Steve Miller Band, and Bell Biv Devoe.
It’s not certain yet which artist is playing which day but  Passion Pit, Salt-n-Pepa and Bell Biv Devoe are enough to make anyone excited. The shows are free but, as everyone knows, the food is not so bring some cash and enjoy the day. 

African/Caribbean International Festival of Life: July 2-July 5
Down at Washington Park at 5531 S. King Drive this festival will be hosting a number of artists to keep you moving and skanking. Some artists featured include Shaggy, Calypso Rose, Mighty Sparrow and Gramps Morgan.
Each day the festival starts at noon and ends at 10 pm.
This festival isn’t necessarily free but is only $10 before 5 pm. 

Pitchfork Music Festival: July 16-18
Ok, this one is not free at all but has a handful of great artists. The three-day passes are sold out so that leaves a $40 per day charge if you want to attend. Artists such as Modest Mouse, LCD Soundsystem, Big Boi, Raekwon, Beach House, Broken Social Scene and others will be in attendance.
The festival is at Union Park at 1501 W. Randolph. 

Wicker Park Fest: July 31-August 1
This particular fest sounds like it is going to be amazing. With artists like BoomBox, Local H, Cap’n Jazz, Torche, and  Gaslamp Killer this fest is a must. BoomBox puts on a great show and with Local H headlining there won’t be a boring moment. 

Lollapalooza: August 6-8
This is an obvious one. Check out the artists attending on the website here: 

Chicago Jazz Festival: September 9-5
Completely free and completely essential the Jazz fest personifies Chicago music. The festival is at Grant Park at Columbus and Jackson. The artists have not yet been announced. The festival goes each day from 11 am to 9:30 pm. 

Check out some of these fesitvals this summer and enjoy the amazing weather. It won’t be here for forever!


~ by frantunes on June 21, 2010.

2 Responses to “Chicago Street Festivals”

  1. Hey, you’ve gotta check out Jon Drake & the Shakes at the Taste tomorrow night. They’re pretty impressive new sound.

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