The festival that was called one of the best of the summer by the Chicago Tribune and Chicago magazine over the last couple of years returns for a 12th consecutive season to the Milwaukee Avenue corridor July 25 – 26 (www.wickerparkfest.com).
This year’s lineup will surpass all that have preceded – according to the bookers. Headliners (remaining schedule TBA):
///// Blonde Redhead //////
//// Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires ////
///// Deafheaven //////
///// Veruca Salt ///////
Wicker Park Fest Arts:
Wicker Park Fest Arts is a dedicated section within Wicker Park Fest with unique and inspired works from some of the most talented local artists and arts organizations. Wicker Park Fest Arts (in the middle of the action on Milwaukee) features visually-compelling performance and installation artworks (more details on Wicker Park Fest Arts to be announced in subsequent release).
Wicker Park Fest Arts is generously underwritten by WPB Special Service Area #33. For more information, contact Jessica Wobbekind at Jessica@wickerparkbucktown.org.
Wicker Park Fest Kids:
Wicker Park is one of the most family-friendly neighborhoods in Chicago. So it’s no surprise that the neighborhood event of the year, Wicker Park Fest, is also home to one of the summer’s top kids fests within a fest. Wicker Park Fest Kids offers a wide variety of children’s programming from noon to 6 pm both days (no additional entrance fee required). Wicker Park Fest Kids benefits Jonathan Burr Elementary (specifically to improve the technology and programming) and is sponsored by the Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce and WPB SSA #33.
2015 Kids Fest activities include:
• Kids Fest Stage with kids’ favorites like Mary Macaroni, Ben the Bubble Guy, Fitzgerald’s Martial Arts, Mr. Pickle, Mad Science and Taiko drumming
• Face & nail painting
• Hair streaking
• Henna tattoos
• Cookie decorating
• Balloon art
• Bounce houses
• Bungee Run
• Interactive science activities
• Children’s vendors from Children’s Learning Place
• Crafts with One Strange Bird
• Children’s cooking with Kids Table
• Instrumental workshops where kids can build their own instruments out of recycled materials
Wicker Park Fest Green Efforts:
Wicker Park Fest goes above and beyond the City requirements to provide collection of recycling on festival grounds. The producers of Wicker Park Fest contract a “green” consultant to ensure that recyclable materials are properly handled, not contaminated with non-recyclables, and that the materials are actually recycled and don't end up in a landfill. “Eco-Ambassadors” will be available at each waste disposal station to guide people on proper disposal of recyclables and garbage.
Wicker Park Fest is held on Milwaukee Avenue between North Avenue and Paulina, easily accessible by the Blue Line and just minutes from downtown Chicago. Event hours are 12:00 noon – 10:00 p.m. on July 25 & 26 and the gate donation is $5. Your gate donations are put toward yearly festival production by the Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber, a local nonprofit which works to increase the neighborhood’s visibility & viability with great events & programming that promote the local business community. The Chamber also partners with Burr Elementary, which receives 100% of ticket sales from activities in the Kids Fest area. Free bike parking will be available at both the North and Paulina gates. Well-behaved dogs on leashes are permitted.
1600 N Damen
Chicago, IL 60622
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