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Whose Lolla you ask?  Well, you’ll find out at the end of this blog because in the meantime, there’s more to the weekend than just Lolla!

A popular street festival that draws an enthusiastic crowd to celebrate and dance away the waning summer months is Wrigleyville Summerfest hosted by the Resurrection Lutheran Church (3300 N. Seminary Avenue) at Seminary Avenue and School Street in the Wrigleyville neighborhood on Saturday (12:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.) and Sunday (12:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.). Not only does this annual street fest feature food vendors offering many Chicago-style favorites, beverage booths, local vendors and live music but also family-friendly activities and a Kids’ Zone for children ages toddler to 12. The Kids’ Zone features a giant 26’ slide, an obstacle course, a moon bounce, mini golf, face painting and a variety of fun crafts and games!

Relatively new to the street festival scene, Edge Fest takes place at 5900 N. Broadway Avenue (Broadway and Thorndale Avenues) in the Edgewater neighborhood on Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. This street fest is sure to entertain all your senses as it features food from local restaurants showcasing some of the delicious cuisines from this unique neighborhood along with live music on two stages, local artists displaying their works, karaoke Saturday evening and at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday hosted by Third Coast Comics and a dog costume contest for all pet-lovers at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday hosted by The Bark Bark Club, Edgewater’s hottest Doggie Day Care company!

Another annual street festival is Festival Cubano at Riis Park (6100 W. Fullerton Avenue) in the Belmont/Cragin neighborhood on Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. This street fest celebrates Cuban culture through food, live entertainment, dance shows such as Salsa, Cha Cha Cha, Rumba and others, family activities, amusement park games, arts and crafts, a Domino tournament, kids’ activities that include face painting, a petting zoo and magic shows and much more!

The City of Evanston will be hosting its annual street festival, the Lakeshore Arts Festival at Dawes Park (1700 Sheridan Road) on Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Not only does this street fest feature original works by over 100 artists from paintings to photographs to drawings to jewelry to ceramics and more for your browsing pleasure, but also features live jazz and classical music as well as food vendors from a dozen restaurants, craft activities for kids such as paper fish decorating, a painting/drawing station, pipe cleaner insects & tissue flowers, and a silent auction!

As promised, Lolla is Lollapalooza 2013, which is an annual 3-day music festival held at Grant Park (337 E. Randolph Street) in The Loop the first weekend in August.  But there’s more – food and merchandise vendors and activities are all part of the Lolla experience as well.  The only hitch is tickets are sold out but if you really want to go, check out Stub Hub or other ticket brokers but it will cost you.  Or, check out one of the Lollapalooza after parties at

Finally, this weekend’s 2013 Chicago Movies in the Parks series features the following movies at dusk, weather permitting, and free admission!

Saturday Only:
“Ray” – Garfield Park (100 N. Central Park Ave.) – East Garfield Park
“Daddy Day Care” – Mandrake Park (900 E. Pershing Rd.) – Oakland
“Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark” – Meyering Playground Park (7140 S. Martin Luther King Dr.) – Park Manor

So, Do You Want More?


Posted: Friday, August 02, 2013 10:54 AM by Dean's Team


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