Fest up this weekend


No need to worry, festival season is not over just yet. Several neighborhood street fests are taking place this weekend as we enter the dog days of summer. Here are a few parties to jazz up your weekend:

Festa Italiana

Get a flavor of Italy in the Little Italy/University Village neighborhood as several old classics and new vendors serve up authentic Italian cuisine along with live music and other fun activities.
The 10th annual four-day fest will feature Italian dancing as well as folk music and card games, not to mention a meatball and cannoli-eating contest.

Lovers of history will also be in for a treat as the festival is offering free trolley tours of the historic Little Italy neighborhood, Chicago’s oldest Italian neighborhood.

And keeping with the neighborhood festival flare, the party will feature music from Chicago festival staples such as Too White Crew and Wedding Banned to go along with the traditional Italian flare.

The fest begins Thursday from 5-10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from noon-11 p.m. and Sunday from noon-10 p.m. A $5 donation is suggested. The festival takes place on historic Taylor Street between Ashland Avenue and Racine Avenue. The fest can be reached via the Racine Blue Line station, Polk Pink Line station, or a plethora of CTA buses. For more information, visit starevents.com/festivals/festa-italiana.


Edison Park Fest

Go out to the far Northwest Side for food, music, and family fun this weekend as the Edison Park Chamber of Commerce hosts Edison Park Fest.

Surrounded by Niles and Park Ridge on three sides, Edison Park is known as an enclave for city workers and families seeking a suburban lifestyle in the city. This is certainly reflected in the fest, which features a dedicated family stage full of kid-friendly activities such as a magic show, martial arts lesson, and a family workout.

Other fun activities include a bags tournament, bingo tournament, craft fair, and business expo. Live musical acts include Wedding Banned and 16 Candles.

The fest takes place from 5 — 11 p.m. Friday, and 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The use of public transportation is encouraged as the Edison Park Metra station is located right in the middle of the fest site, which is centered around downtown Edison Park and in Monument Park. For more information, visit edisonpark.com/EPFEST.


Glenwood Ave Arts Fest

Come out to Rogers Park, Chicago’s northernmost neighborhood on the lake shore, this weekend for a party full of art, music, theater, and food.

More than 140 artists of all varieties and several musical acts will be featured at the three day fest, which takes place from 6 — 10 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m.-9 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Public transportation is encouraged as the fest takes place under the Morse Red Line stop. For more information, visit glenwoodave.org.

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