Best places to fest this weekend


Festival season is in full swing as neighborhoods across the city close their streets and open their hearts in the name of music, food, and fun. Here’s what’s going on this weekend around Chicago.

Jeff Fest


On the edge of the city, Jefferson Park is known for its suburban peace of mind and kid-friendly streets. This will be on full display this weekend, July 17-19 at the Northwest Side neighborhood’s annual party, Jeff Fest.

With musical acts of different varieties all three days, there is sure to be something for everyone. Friday will feature 80s music from Metallica and ZZ Top tribute bands, while Parrotheads will want to show up Sunday for Pirates Over 40, the ultimate Jimmy Buffett tribute band.

Staying true to the neighborhood’s family-friendly reputation, a kid’s zone will be open from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday offering a variety of fun activities.

The festival goes from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday, noon to 11 p.m. on Saturday, and noon to 8 p.m. on Sunday. It is being held in Jefferson Memorial Park at 4822 N. Long Ave. While some parking is available, the use of public transit is encouraged as the park is easily accessible via the Jefferson Park Blue Line stop, Jefferson Park Metra stop, and the Lawrence 81 bus.

Daily admission for children under the ages of 12 and seniors is free and $5 for everyone else.
For more information, visit

Wicker Park Fest

Further down Milwaukee Avenue, check out “the best neighborhood street fest in Chicago,” Wicker Park Fest. Known as one of the city’s hippest neighborhoods, Wicker Park is an epicenter of culture and entertainment.

This will be on full display with the musical acts on three different stages and an arts section where artists from around the country will display their work. Kids will also have their own section dedicated to face painting, crafts, and a bounce house.

Food will be provided by several local vendors such as Cheesie’s Pub and Grill and Dimo’s Pizza.

The fest takes place Saturday and Sunday from noon to 10 p.m. both days on Milwaukee Ave. from North Ave. to Paulina St. A $5 donation is requested at the gate on behalf of the Wicker Park-Bucktown Chamber of Commerce.

Public transit is encouraged as the areas is full of options. One can take either get off at the Damen or Division Blue Line stops or take the Milwaukee 56, North 72, Damen 50, or Division 70 bus. For more information, visit

Taste of Lincoln Avenue


Going toward the lake, Taste of Lincoln Avenue gives the best Lincoln Park has to offer with food, music, and family fun.

Be entertained by music on three different stages, food from several local vendors, and be reassured that the kids are alright as they pay in the designated kid’s zone. All-day admittance is $10, which will go to benefit the Wrightwood Neighbors association.

The festival will take place along Lincoln Avenue from Fullerton Avenue to Wrightwood Avenue from noon to 10 p.m. this Saturday and Sunday. Public transportation is encouraged with the festival being accessible via the Fullerton and Diversey ‘L’ stops or the Halsted 8 bus. For more information, visit

Chicago Hot Sauce Fest

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Summer not hot enough? Then check out Chicago Hot Sauce Fest as they set fire to your taste buds this Saturday and Sunday in Avondale. Several different hot sauce vendors and entertainment options will be present. Watch out for the ghost pepper challenge (not for the faint of heart!).

The fest takes place at the corner of Belmont and Elston avenues from noon to 10:30 the first day, and noon to 10 p.m. the second. It can be reached via the 77 Belmont or 52 Kedzie/California buses. For more information, visit

Randolph Street Market Fest


Buy some unique antiques at this one-of-a-kind monthly street festival featuring shopping to go along with food and entertainment.

While regular admission starts at $8, one has the opportunity to get a leg up on everyone else through a $20 early buying ticket.

The fest takes place this Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with early buyers being let in at 8 a.m. For more information, visit

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