Have a Blast with the Past at Retro on Roscoe


Ever wish you could go back in time? Well here’s your chance! Chicagoans looking for a blast from the past don’t need to look further than the annual Retro on Roscoe festival happening Aug.11-13.

In its 21st year, this music festival brings a blast from the past with live Chicago bands playing oldies and throwbacks on three stages across six blocks in Roscoe Village such as 16 Candles with all the ‘80s hits, American English for your Beatles fix, and Cat Fight, the all-girl band that’s been dubbed “the darlings” of Chicago’s cover band scene.

Roscoe Village’s top restaurants provide summer bites; and while the festival may not be on a Thursday, don’t let that stop you from posting #tbt retro pics from the Antique Car Show, which will showcase over 50 antique, classic, and muscle cars throughout the weekend.

This year’s event will also feature an expanded kids area offering games, a dunk tank, inflatables, Gladiator joust, and more. There will even be special entertainment just for the kids with Mary Macaroni and Audubon Rock Band keeping the types entertained from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Retro on Roscoe Details & Info

Retro on Roscoe runs Aug. 11-13 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, and noon to 10 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The event takes place along Roscoe Street starting at Damen Avenue. Admission to Retro on Roscoe is a $10 suggested donation.

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