Festivals in North Side


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1106 West Lawrence Avenue
Chicago,
IL
US
A glass of cold sangria in one hand, a plate of food balanced in the other. The only reason to disrupt such a perfect combination might be to dance to the live band performing just a few feet away. That's the basic Midsommarfest formula, and every summer, nearly 50,000 people flock to Andersonville for this celebration of all things local. Going strong for the past half century, the fest takes over Clark Street from Foster to Catalpa with booths for food and crafts as well as five different stages. These showcase eclectic entertainments that truly reflect the neighborhood's charm: not just cover bands (though there are those, too), but a pet parade, Swedish music, dance troupes, and sets from blues, roots, and funk bands. All the fun also helps the neighborhood, and not just because stoplights are powered by laughter; proceeds go to benefit community causes.
5200 N Clark St
Chicago,
IL
US
The Metropia Experience Chicago plunges visitors into a celebration of Chicago food, art, innovation, and music with a two-day festival pulsating with the sounds of 19 announced rock, indie pop, dubstep, and dance bands, with more acts to be announced at a future date. As the Chicago Reader's Miles Raymer writes, Santah gives a grainy, 1970s-inspired sound some "darker undercurrents, injecting a bit of heartbreak that tangles interestingly with the mellow vibe." Elsewhere on the bill, The Night Survives pushes for un-self-conscious dance-floor theatrics, Shuteye fuses house-influenced DJ skills with classic songwriting chops, and indie-pop duo Tiny Fireflies lays Kristine Capua's gently yearning vocals over melancholy drum-machine beats.
4325 North Ravenswood Avenue
Chicago,
IL
US
Simply put, Players Sport & Social Group helps more than 60,000 people each year get together, meet new friends, and have fun. The two-decade-old company has more than doubled in size in the last five years, due in no small part to the wide variety of sports leagues and clinics that it offers at venues throughout the city. Teams or individuals can sign up for sports ranging from dodge ball to beach volleyball to games of "bags," otherwise known as cornhole. Players can check their weekly standings online and review each sport's rules, learning exactly what is considered a foul in kickball or how to dispose of a football opponent's captured flag by burning it in a respectful ceremony. The company also hosts and sponsors social events such as happy hours, fundraisers, and the Luau: a 55,900-participant grass-volleyball tournament with DJ music, food, and beer. Similarly, The Big Dig volleyball tournament offers the same mix of munchies, brews, and live entertainment, but on the sands of North Avenue Beach.
N Clark Street
Chicago,
IL
US
The fun-loving founders of the Candy Crush Crawl are determined to correct a glaring oversight at most bar crawls: no candy. To remedy this, they gather revelers for a sweet-stuffed jaunt down Clark Street in Wrigleyville designed to celebrate local watering holes and loads of candies?10,000 pounds to be specific. The Valentine's crawl, themed "Find Your Crush", makes stops at various neighborhood institutions, including Old Crow Smokehouse, Rebel Bar & Grill, Vines on Clark, and the Cubby Bear throughout the day. Drink specials and awe-inspiring candy displays, from jelly-bean-filled swimming pools to gooey chocolate fountains, await guests at each bar. Nylon backpacks provided with each ticket help participants stow extra sweets such as chocolate bars, lemon heads, and gummy bears. Guests are encouraged to wear outlandish costumes, as prizes will be distributed at the end of the night.
3524 North Clark Street
Chicago,
IL
US
At the Brisk Brews Craft Beer Festival, carrying an empty mug is practically verboten. That's because the festival brings together craft beer manufacturers from across the region, giving participants unparalleled access to local brews all in one place. You can't help but try them all. Whether you're in the afternoon or evening tasting session, you get a souvenir tasting glass that you can use to sip light lagers or rich ales. Compare the frothy heads or the lingering aftertastes until you find a brew good enough to stun your enemies into silence. Despite the winter's chill, the event takes place in a heated tent to ensure that the only frost that forms is on your glass.
800 W Waveland Ave
Chicago,
IL
US

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