Chicago Street Fests: August 2010

Here we will continue with this series of articles in which we include a month-by-month guide of what’s up at this summer’s street festivals. It’s already August? What happened to June and July? Summer will soon be over, so it’s best to get out and take advantage of these final street festivals. Sigh..

Belize Day in the Park
When: August 1
Where: 5700 S. King Drive, Washington Park.
Price: Free
Basic Info: A day of Belizean culture with traditional cuisine and live music in Washington Park.

Taylor Street Italian Festival
When: August 6-8
Where: 1000 S. Ashland, Taylor & Ashland, Little Italy.
Price: $3-7
Basic Info: There can’t be anything wrong with a festival with lots of Italian food. Italian food and drink vendors. Live music and a market as well as a Sunday Mass.

Northalsted Market Days
When: August 7-8
Where: 3500 N. Halsted, Lakeview.
Price: $7
Basic Info: This huge street festival features lots of live performance, as well as food and drink vendors.

Retro on Roscoe
When: August 7-8
Where: 2000 W. Roscoe Street, Roscoe Village.
Price:$5 donation
Basic Info: Lots of live music, street and beer vendors, and a kids stage. Other vendors available as well as an antique car show and a cook-off.

Ginza Holiday
When: August 13-15
Where: Midwest Buddhist Temple, Lincoln Park.
Price: $5
Basic Info: A festival celebrating Japanese culture with food, beer, and craft vendors as well as Japanese cultural demonstrations.

Chicago Air & Water Show
When: August 14-15
Where: North Avenue Beach, Lincoln Park.
Price: Free
Basic Info: If you are in Chicago the days before the festival, don’t be alarmed if you hear a loud fighter jet souring overhead. To get the best views of the show and enjoy the best tricks, camp out at North Avenue or Oak Street beach early. The show draws over 2 million people.

Armenian Fest
When: August 14-15
Where: St. Gregory Armenian Church
Price: FreeBuck
Basic Info: Food and drink vendors, live Armenian music and kids activities.

Wrigleyville Summerfest
When: August 14-15
Where: Seminary and School, Wrigleyville.
Price: $5 donation.
Basic Info: Live music, food and beer vendors, and lots of Wrigleyville fun.

Gold Coast Art Fair
When: August 20 – 22
Where: 400 E. Monroe, Grant Park.
Price: Free
Basic Info: Art vendors are the stars at this festival. Over 300 art vendors around Grant Park as well as food vendors, live music, and kids activities.

North Side Summerfest
When: August 20-22
Where: 4050 N. Lincoln Avenue, Lincoln and Belle Plain.
Price: $5 donation
Basic Info: North Center really shines at this fest. Live music, food and beer vendors, and arts and crafts vendors.

Caribbean Festival
When: August 21-22
Where: 1501 W. Randolph, West Loop.
Price: TBA
Basic Info: A celebration of Caribbean culture with a focus on live music. Arts and craft vendors available as well as food and drink vendors.

Ukrainian Days Festival 2010
When: August 21-22
Where: 2526 W. Grand Avenue, Ukrainian Village.
Price: Free
Basic Info:Ukrainian Village celebrates their heritage at this festival. Traditional music and food and arts and crafts.

Bucktown Arts Fest
When: August 28-29
Where: 2238 N. Oakley, Bucktown.
Price: Free
Basic Info: Bucktown’s art fest has been around for 24 years with exhibits of local and national artists. Food and beer vendors.

Lake View Music Fest
When: August 28-29
Where: Sheffield and Addison, Wrigleyville.
Price: $5-7 donation
Basic Info: More Wrigleyville fun right by the field. Live music, arts and crafts vendors and food vendors.

Randolph Street Market Festival
When: August 28-29, September 25-26
Where: 1350 W. Randolph, West Loop.
Price: $10, $5 for students.
Basic Info: This is a more serious festival, more for the buying crowd and less for the drinking, eating, and listening crowd. This indoor/outdoor market features antiques, indie designer apparel, fancy foods, and vintage collectibles.

Taste of Greece 2010
When: August 28-29
Where: Halsted and Van Buren, Greektown.
Price: Free
Basic Info: A celebration of Greek culture with Greek food, dance, and music.

Tessa McLean

About Tessa McLean

There is just something about that feeling when you have been away — maybe for a weekend, a month, 6 months — and you’re driving into Chicago and that first glimpse of the city skyline appears. It just always makes me smile.

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