Enjoy summer with these community festivals

Summer Guide Festivals
[dropcap]E[/dropcap]very weekend from now until September Chicagoans will have to decide how to spend their free time. Should you go to a food festival or to a music festival, or maybe a festival that has both? These decisions can be stressful. But don’t worry, EXTRA has you covered with our special 2015 summer guide which has awesome community events like Mole de Mayo in Pilsen, Villapalooza in Little Village and Festival Cubano in Riis Park.

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2015-05-23 12:00:00
2015-05-24 22:00:00
America/Chicago
Mole de Mayo
Mole de Mayo is a free two-day art, music and food outdoor festival highlighting the rich Mexican sauce. The festival will also include live music, art vendors, live lucha libre, cerveza, mechanical bull riding and lots of mole!
Pilsen




MAY 23 – 24
Mole de Mayo

Pilsen | Noon – 10 p.m. | Free
Mole de Mayo is a free two-day art, music and food outdoor festival highlighting the rich Mexican sauce. The festival will also include live music, art vendors, live lucha libre, cerveza, mechanical bull riding and lots of mole!
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2015-06-05 17:00:00
2015-06-07 22:00:00
America/Chicago
Little Village Flavors of Mexico
Authentic Mexican food is the event’s main focus. The city’s and the regions’ award-winning Mexican restaurants and chefs will set up outdoor kitchens for the event’s Restaurant Row and serve up small plates of their signature dishes for bargain prices. The culinary emphasis in Restaurant Row is authenticity. The event features three stages: a Main Stage with big entertainment, a Culinary Stage where participating chefs will demonstrate recipes and compete for a Top Chef award, and a Showcase Stage where dance troupes, orchestras and brass bands from area high schools and colleges will perform.
Little Village, 26th & Sacramento



JUNE 5 – 7
Little Village Flavors of Mexico

Little Village, 26th & Sacramento | Fri., 5 – 10 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., Noon – 10 p.m. | Free
Authentic Mexican food is the event’s main focus. The city’s and the regions’ award-winning Mexican restaurants and chefs will set up outdoor kitchens for the event’s Restaurant Row and serve up small plates of their signature dishes for bargain prices. The culinary emphasis in Restaurant Row is authenticity. The event features three stages: a Main Stage with big entertainment, a Culinary Stage where participating chefs will demonstrate recipes and compete for a Top Chef award, and a Showcase Stage where dance troupes, orchestras and brass bands from area high schools and colleges will perform.
Pilsen-food-truck

2015-06-06 11:00:00
2015-06-07 22:00:00
America/Chicago
Pilsen Food Truck Fest
New this year is Pilsen Food Truck Fest, which will feature and benefit the Illinois Food Truck Association. Over 40 food trucks from around Illinois will congregate in Pilsen and serve up sample size portions of their best eats in a festive and entertaining atmosphere! West Town’s infamous Empty Bottle Presents will be programming the live music stage and Revolution Brewery is likely the sponsor.
Pilsen



JUNE 6 – 7
Pilsen Food Truck Fest
Pilsen, 18th & Allport | 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.| Free
New this year is Pilsen Food Truck Fest, which will feature and benefit the Illinois Food Truck Association. Over 40 food trucks from around Illinois will congregate in Pilsen and serve up sample size portions of their best eats in a festive and entertaining atmosphere! West Town’s infamous Empty Bottle Presents will be programming the live music stage and Revolution Brewery is likely the sponsor.
SpringAwakening2

2015-06-12 14:00:00
2015-06-14 24:00:00
America/Chicago
Spring Awakening
Spring Awakening is an Electronic Music Festival featuring top DJs and producers from all over the world. This year’s EDM extravaganza has Tiesto, Diplo, Afrojack and JACK Ü (Skrillex and Diplo) as its headliners.
Soldier Field



JUNE 12 – 14
Spring Awakening
Soldier Field | 2 p.m. – ? | Tickets start at $200
Spring Awakening is an Electronic Music Festival featuring top DJs and producers from all over the world. This year’s EDM extravaganza has Tiesto, Diplo, Afrojack and JACK Ü (Skrillex and Diplo) as its headliners.
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2015-06-13 12:00:00
2015-06-13 20:00:00
America/Chicago
Quetzal Art Fest in Pilsen
As part of its 25th year anniversary celebration, The Resurrection Project is a lead sponsor for the Quetzal Art Fest, which is geared toward making the arts accessible to the community, while showcasing the extremely talented local artists as well from around the Chicagoland area.
Pilsen



JUNE 13
Quetzal Art Fest in Pilsen
Zócalo Plaza, 18th Street & Paulina | Noon – 8 p.m. | Free
As part of its 25th year anniversary celebration, The Resurrection Project is a lead sponsor for the Quetzal Art Fest, which is geared toward making the arts accessible to the community, while showcasing the extremely talented local artists as well from around the Chicagoland area.
PR-Parade

2015-06-18 15:00:00
2015-06-21 22:00:00
America/Chicago
Fiestas Puertorriqueñas
The annual celebration of Puerto Rican heritage! Enjoy authentic Caribbean cuisine, carnival rides and Puerto Rican People’s Parade on June 10 at 2 p.m.
Humboldt Park



JUNE 18 – 21
Fiestas Puertorriqueñas
Humboldt Park, Division Street and California Avenue | Thurs. & Fri. 3 – 10 p.m.; Sat. & Sun. Noon – 10 p.m. | Free
The annual celebration of Puerto Rican heritage! Enjoy authentic Caribbean cuisine, carnival rides and Puerto Rican People’s Parade on June 20 at 2 p.m.
6-SIX corner BBQ

2015-06-19 11:00:00
2015-06-21 23:00:00
America/Chicago
Six Corners BBQ Fest
Now celebrating its 5th year in what’s often called the heart of Chicago’s ‘Bungalow Belt,’ this popular community fest, held on Milwaukee Avenue just steps north of Irving Park Road and Cicero Avenue (aka Six Corners), will showcase both local and national “ribbers.” It also features a weekend of rockin’ artists from virtually all music genres. Beyond mouth-watering slabs and cool tunes, other highlights include arts and crafts, activities for kids and families and crowd-pleasing pro-wrestling shows.
Portage Park



JUNE 19 – 21
Six Corners BBQ Fest
Portage Park, Irving Park & Milwaukee | Fri. 5 .- 11p.m.; Sat. 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. | Free
Now celebrating its 5th year in what’s often called the heart of Chicago’s ‘Bungalow Belt,’ this popular community fest, held on Milwaukee Avenue just steps north of Irving Park Road and Cicero Avenue (aka Six Corners), will showcase both local and national “ribbers.” It also features a weekend of rockin’ artists from virtually all music genres. Beyond mouth-watering slabs and cool tunes, other highlights include arts and crafts, activities for kids and families and crowd-pleasing pro-wrestling shows.
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2015-06-20 11:00:00
2015-06-21 22:00:00
America/Chicago
Chicago Pride Fest
Now in its 13th fabulous year, the Pride Fest is held the weekend before Chicago’s iconic annual Pride Parade (which this year takes place on June 28). Festival highlights include non-stop entertainment for gay/lesbian Chicagoans as well as for out-of-town visitors. Pride Fest features music’s top dance and pop/rock music acts on two stages, food and drink and more than 60 vendors offering arts, crafts, and unique merchandise tailored to the gay community.
Halsted & Waveland



JUNE 20 – 21
Chicago Pride Fest
Boystown, Halsted & Waveland | Sat. 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m. 9 p.m. | Free
Now in its 13th fabulous year, the Pride Fest is held the weekend before Chicago’s iconic annual Pride Parade (which this year takes place on June 28). Festival highlights include non-stop entertainment for gay/lesbian Chicagoans as well as for out-of-town visitors. Pride Fest features music’s top dance and pop/rock music acts on two stages, food and drink and more than 60 vendors offering arts, crafts, and unique merchandise tailored to the gay community.
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2015-06-25 12:00:00
2015-06-28 2:00:00
America/Chicago
MOTOBLOT: Vintage Motorcycle, Scooter & Hot Rod Car Rally
MOTOBLOT is a celebration of motorcycle and hot rod culture, where the bikes, the builders, the fashion and the music all come together. MOTOBLOT is where like-minded enthusiasts can kick tires and tell the tall tales of their builds, or of their exploits on the road and at the track. This year’s four-day event features performances from the Gas House Gorillas, Krank Daddies, Koffin Kats, The Tossers, a burlesque performance by Original Tease, a pin-up contest, a motorcycle and hot rod show, a pig roast and more.
Isle of Man, 3856 N. Lincoln Ave.



JUNE 25-28
MOTOBLOT: Vintage Motorcycle, Scooter & Hot Rod Car Rally
Weekend events kick off at Isle of Man, 3856 N. Lincoln Ave. | Doors open at 6 p.m. | Tickets start at $10
MOTOBLOT is a celebration of motorcycle and hot rod culture, where the bikes, the builders, the fashion and the music all come together. MOTOBLOT is where like-minded enthusiasts can kick tires and tell the tall tales of their builds, or of their exploits on the road and at the track. This year’s four-day event features performances from the Gas House Gorillas, Krank Daddies, Koffin Kats, The Tossers, a burlesque performance by Original Tease, a pin-up contest, a motorcycle and hot rod show, a pig roast and more.
Logan-Square-arts-fest-2015

2015-06-26 12:00:00
2015-06-28 18:00:00
America/Chicago
Logan Square Arts Festival
Come join us on the square for three days of music, art, food and drinks. Benefiting the restoration of Logan Square’s Centennial Monument, the festival is just steps away from the Logan Square Blue Line Station. Craft cocktails from The Whistler, sangria from Lula Café, live bands, and food from local restaurants like Parson’s Chicken & Fish and many more.
The festival will also include an Art Crawl with local businesses and galleries hosting individual or a collaboration of artists in their spaces.

Logan Square



JUNE 26 – 28
Logan Square Arts Festival
Logan Square | Noon – 6 p.m. | Free
Come join us on the square for three days of music, art, food and drinks. Benefiting the restoration of Logan Square’s Centennial Monument, the festival is just steps away from the Logan Square Blue Line Station. Craft cocktails from The Whistler, sangria from Lula Café, live bands, and food from local restaurants like Parson’s Chicken & Fish and many more.The festival will also include an Art Crawl with local businesses and galleries hosting individual or a collaboration of artists in their spaces.
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2015-07-03 12:00:00
2015-07-05 22:00:00
America/Chicago
African/Caribbean International Festival of Life
Enjoy spectacular music, food, arts, crafts and more at this family-friendly event, now in its 22nd year, at Union Park. You can see over 70 acts, featuring the best of Reggae, Caribbean, Latin, African, Rock, Pop, R&B, Gospel and other world music entertainers! This year will feature Tessanne Chin, a Jamaican recording artist best known for winning Season 5 of NBC’s “The Voice.”
Union Park



JULY 3 – 5
African/Caribbean International Festival of Life
Union Park, 1501 W. Randolph | Noon – 10 p.m. | Tickets start at $20
Enjoy spectacular music, food, arts, crafts and more at this family-friendly event, now in its 22nd year, at Union Park. You can see over 70 acts, featuring the best of Reggae, Caribbean, Latin, African, Rock, Pop, R&B, Gospel and other world music entertainers! This year will feature Tessanne Chin, a Jamaican recording artist best known for winning Season 5 of NBC’s “The Voice.”
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2015-07-08 11:00:00
2015-07-12 21:00:00
America/Chicago
Taste of Chicago
Since 1980, the Taste of Chicago has been showcasing the diversity of Chicago’s dining community alongside fun activities and amazing musical performances. Last week, the city announced the festival’s performers, which include Erykah Badu, Weezer and White Mystery. Admission to the festival is free but concert-seating tickets for the Petrillo Music Shell performances will start at $15 and be limited to 10 tickets per purchase. But don’t worry if a show sells out, because lawn seating in Butler Field is free.
Grant Park



JULY 8 – 12
Taste of Chicago
Grant Park | Wed., Thurs. & Fri 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Sat. & Sun 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.| Free
Since 1980, the Taste of Chicago has been showcasing the diversity of Chicago’s dining community alongside fun activities and amazing musical performances. Last week, the city announced the festival’s performers, which include Erykah Badu, Weezer and White Mystery. Admission to the festival is free but concert-seating tickets for the Petrillo Music Shell performances will start at $15 and be limited to 10 tickets per purchase. But don’t worry if a show sells out, because lawn seating in Butler Field is free.
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2015-07-10 15:00:00
2015-07-12 22:00:00
America/Chicago
Ruido Fest
Ruido Fest is the U.S.’s first three-day, multi-stage outdoor Latin alternative music festival. Over 40 Latin Post-Punk, Electronic, Hip-Hop, Rock, Psychedelia, Tropicalia, Reggae and Punk acts from all over the American continent and the world will perform at the festival. Bands expected to perform include Café Tacvba, Zoe, Molotov, Nortec Collective, Enjambre, Kinky, Ozomatli, Compass, Mexican Institute of Sound + Toy Selectah, Porter, Master Blaster Sound System and many more acts yet to be announced.
Addams/Medill Park, 1301 W. 14th St.



JULY 10
Ruido Fest
Addams/Medill Park, 1301 W. 14th St. | Fri. gates open at 3 p.m.; Sat. & Sun gates open at Noon | Tickets start at $55
Ruido Fest is the U.S.’s first three-day, multi-stage outdoor Latin alternative music festival. Over 40 Latin Post-Punk, Electronic, Hip-Hop, Rock, Psychedelia, Tropicalia, Reggae and Punk acts from all over the American continent and the world will perform at the festival. Bands expected to perform include Café Tacvba, Zoe, Molotov, Nortec Collective, Enjambre, Kinky, Ozomatli, Compass, Mexican Institute of Sound + Toy Selectah, Porter, Master Blaster Sound System and many more acts yet to be announced.
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2015-07-11 13:00:00
2015-07-12 22:00:00
America/Chicago
Mamby on the Beach
This new South Side beach music festival features dance and indie bands including Empire of the Sun, Passion Pit and Phantogram. Mamby’s is to preserve the history of Chicago as the home of house music. So the festival focuses on legendary artists who are still pushing boundaries and representing Chicago’s own style of house music and emerging artists from house and techno that recognize the influence Chicago has had on their music.
Oakwood Beach



JULY 11 – 12
Mamby on the Beach
Oakwood Beach | Gate opens at 1 p.m. | Tickets start at $59
This new South Side beach music festival features dance and indie bands including Empire of the Sun, Passion Pit and Phantogram. Mamby’s is to preserve the history of Chicago as the home of house music. So the festival focuses on legendary artists who are still pushing boundaries and representing Chicago’s own style of house music and emerging artists from house and techno that recognize the influence Chicago has had on their music.
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2015-07-11 12:00:00
2015-07-12 22:00:00
America/Chicago
Latin American Festival
Calling all salsa, bachata and cumbieros! This is the first festival in Chicago that principally celebrates the independence of South American countries. In essence, the festival brings together all of Chicago’s Latinos with a variety of amazing dishes from all corners of Latin America, as well as performances by international artists in the tropical genre. This is a 100-percent family festival with great music, food and fun.
Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence Ave.



JULY 11- 12
Latin American Festival
Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence Ave. | Noon – 10 p.m.
Calling all salsa, bachata and cumbieros! This is the first festival in Chicago that principally celebrates the independence of South American countries. In essence, the festival brings together all of Chicago’s Latinos with a variety of amazing dishes from all corners of Latin America, as well as performances by international artists in the tropical genre. This is a 100-percent family festival with great music, food and fun.
WestFest

2015-07-11 12:00:00
2015-07-12 22:00:00
America/Chicago
West Fest
Now in its 11th year, West Fest promises to keep the momentum going strong with non-stop live music, Kid Fest and Pet Fest wrapped into one glorious summer weekend. This year, the festival’s main stage will have performances by Dead Moon, Murder City Devils, NoBunny and Swirlies. In addition to the music from the Empty Bottle and live art demonstrations, the festival will also have a Pet Fest area on both days. So owners can bring their four-legged friends to dog activities for charity and pet-related retail vendors. Well-behaved dogs, which are allowed on leashes at West Fest, are invited to ‘woof’ it up here!
West Town, Chicago & Damen



JULY 11 – 12
West Fest
West Town, Chicago & Damen | Noon – 10 p.m. | $5
Now in its 11th year, West Fest promises to keep the momentum going strong with non-stop live music, Kid Fest and Pet Fest wrapped into one glorious summer weekend. This year, the festival’s main stage will have performances by Dead Moon, Murder City Devils, NoBunny and Swirlies. In addition to the music from the Empty Bottle and live art demonstrations, the festival will also have a Pet Fest area on both days. So owners can bring their four-legged friends to dog activities for charity and pet-related retail vendors. Well-behaved dogs, which are allowed on leashes at West Fest, are invited to ‘woof’ it up here!
PitchFork

2015-07-17 12:00:00
2015-07-19 22:00:00
America/Chicago
Pitchfork Music Festival
Celebrating 10 years in 2015, the internationally recognized Pitchfork Music Festival presents over 40 bands over three days each summer in Chicago’s Union Park. The festival highlights the best in new and emerging music. This year’s lineup features Wilco, Chance the Rapper, and Sleater-Kinney, Future Islands, Chvrches, The New Pornographers, Run the Jewels and many more.
Union Park



JULY 17 – 19
Pitchfork Music Festival
Union Park | Fri. gates open 3 p.m.; Sat. & Sun. gates open Noon | Tickets start at $65
Celebrating 10 years in 2015, the internationally recognized Pitchfork Music Festival presents over 40 bands over three days each summer in Chicago’s Union Park. The festival highlights the best in new and emerging music. This year’s lineup features Wilco, Chance the Rapper, and Sleater-Kinney, Future Islands, Chvrches, The New Pornographers, Run the Jewels and many more.
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2015-07-18 14:00:00
2015-07-19 22:30:00
America/Chicago
El Gran Festival Colombiano
This two-day festival is the largest event in the area that celebrates Colombian history, culture and independence. It will showcase live music and entertainment, arts and crafts, gourmet Colombian cuisine and other international fare. There will be beer and wine available for those of age as well as a Kid Zone with wall climbing, games, clowns, and other fun activities to keep young ones entertained while the adults attend the event with friends and family.
Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence Ave.



JULY 18-19
El Gran Festival Colombiano
Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence Ave. | 2 – 10:30 p.m. | $10
This two-day festival is the largest event in the area that celebrates Colombian history, culture and independence. It will showcase live music and entertainment, arts and crafts, gourmet Colombian cuisine and other international fare. There will be beer and wine available for those of age as well as a Kid Zone with wall climbing, games, clowns, and other fun activities to keep young ones entertained while the adults attend the event with friends and family.
ChicagoCraftBeerFest

2015-05-18 12:00:00
2015-05-19 22:00:00
America/Chicago
Chicago Craft Beer Festival
Celebrating its fourth year in 2015, Chicago Craft Beer Festival has grown in wild popularity to become the Windy City’s hottest specialty beer gathering. This event draws an eclectic mix of upscale visitors including, of course, lovers of microbrews.
Highlights include tented tasting areas where visitors can (for a tasting fee) sample from more than 80 craft beers. Among the scores of showcased brews are those from Chicago’s Revolution and Half Acre breweries, Wisconsin’s Hinterland, Michigan’s Arcadia Ales and Founders Brewing, and Two Brothers in Illinois, just to name a few. There also will be music acts performing both inside and outside of the tented areas.

Lincoln Park, Sheffield Avenue, between Webster & Fullerton



JULY 18 – 19
Chicago Craft Beer Festival
Lincoln Park, Sheffield Avenue, between Webster & Fullerton | Noon – 10 p.m. | Tickets start at $40
Celebrating its fourth year in 2015, Chicago Craft Beer Festival has grown in wild popularity to become the Windy City’s hottest specialty beer gathering. This event draws an eclectic mix of upscale visitors including, of course, lovers of microbrews.Highlights include tented tasting areas where visitors can (for a tasting fee) sample from more than 80 craft beers. Among the scores of showcased brews are those from Chicago’s Revolution and Half Acre breweries, Wisconsin’s Hinterland, Michigan’s Arcadia Ales and Founders Brewing, and Two Brothers in Illinois, just to name a few. There also will be music acts performing both inside and outside of the tented areas.
ChicagoMargaritaFest

2015-07-25 12:00:00
2015-07-25 21:00:00
America/Chicago
Chicago Margarita Fest
Chicago Margarita Festival is an outdoor festival combining a tasting with live music, dancing, Chicago Food Trucks and a fireworks show over Lake Michigan. There’s no better way to spend the day lounging with friends in the park than listening to peaceful music and more! So, join us at Northerly Island along Lake Michigan’s shore for a fun day in the park. This year’s performers include Black Barby, Sunshine Lab, White Rabbit, Nina Katz and many more.
Northerly Island



JULY 25
Chicago Margarita Fest
Northerly Island | Noon – 9 p.m. | Tickets start at $15
Chicago Margarita Festival is an outdoor festival combining a tasting with live music, dancing, Chicago Food Trucks and a fireworks show over Lake Michigan. There’s no better way to spend the day lounging with friends in the park than listening to peaceful music and more! So, join us at Northerly Island along Lake Michigan’s shore for a fun day in the park. This year’s performers include Black Barby, Sunshine Lab, White Rabbit, Nina Katz and many more.
Fiestadelsol

2015-07-30 12:00:00
2015-08-02 19:00:00
America/Chicago
Fiesta del Sol
Fiesta del Sol is the largest premier Latino festival in the country, organized by Pilsen Neighbors Community Council (PNCC), a grassroots community organization. The Latino festival features live music, DJs, food vendors, carnival rides, soccer games, and a 5K. Funds from the festival go toward an annual scholarship program, community organizing and educational programs for PNCC.
Pilsen



JULY 30 – AUG. 2
Fiesta del Sol
Pilsen, Cermak & Loomis | noon – 7 p.m. | Free
Fiesta del Sol is the largest premier Latino festival in the country, organized by Pilsen Neighbors Community Council (PNCC), a grassroots community organization. The Latino festival features live music, DJs, food vendors, carnival rides, soccer games, and a 5K. Funds from the festival go toward an annual scholarship program, community organizing and educational programs for PNCC.
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2015-08-14 14:00:00
2015-08-16 22:00:00
America/Chicago
Festival Cubano
Now a Chicago summer festival tradition, Festival Cubano was created in 2010 as a grassroots effort to celebrate all aspects of Cuban culture. Since then, hundreds of thousands of people have come from near and far to experience a little bit of Cuba in Chicago. The festival will feature world-class entertainment, merchandise and food from across Latin America.
Riis Park, Fullerton & Narragansett



AUG. 14 -16
Festival Cubano
Riis Park, Fullerton & Narragansett | Fri., 2 p.m. – 10 p.m.; Sat. & Sun. 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. | Tickets start at $10
Now a Chicago summer festival tradition, Festival Cubano was created in 2010 as a grassroots effort to celebrate all aspects of Cuban culture. Since then, hundreds of thousands of people have come from near and far to experience a little bit of Cuba in Chicago. The festival will feature world-class entertainment, merchandise and food from across Latin America.
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2015-09-05 12:00:00
2015-09-05 22:00:00
America/Chicago
Villapalooza
Villapalooza is a free, all-day, all-ages music festival dedicated to promoting non-violent spaces for arts and community engagement. Drawing both local and international musicians, Villapalooza has emerged as one of Chicago’s most popular and diverse grassroots music festivals.
Little Village, West 26th Street & South Central Park Avenue



SEPT. 5
Villapalooza
Little Village, West 26th Street & South Central Park Avenue | Noon – 10 p.m. | Free
Villapalooza is a free, all-day, all-ages music festival dedicated to promoting non-violent spaces for arts and community engagement. Drawing both local and international musicians, Villapalooza has emerged as one of Chicago’s most popular and diverse grassroots music festivals.

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