Festivas With Festivals

Warm weather in Chicago has arrived and nothing screams summer louder than Festivals. In this week’s “Pick’s to Click” we talk about three of the hottest festivals happening in your neighborhood this weekend!

4000 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60614; Admission: FREE

June 10th 5-10pm|June 11th Noon-10pm|June 12 Noon-10pm; Closest Transportation: Brown Line
What started off in 1999 as a block party has blossomed into Chicago’s most anticipated street festival. Averaging 50,000 pounds of ribs from over two dozen restaurants, Ribfest is expected to draw more than 45,000 people. Let’s not forget, Ribfest is a nationally recognized music festival offering Indie, pop, Indie Roots, Rock and Alt. Country for one of the most unique band lineups in Chicago. If great barbecue and live music sounds like your kind of festival (any other qualifications needed?) Ribfest is sure to please.

Old Town Art Fair 1763 N. North Park Ave., Chicago, IL 60614 Admission: $7 (12 and under free)

June 11th 10am-5pm|June 12th 10am-2pm; Closest Transportation: Brown & Purple Line

Selected as one of the top 10 art fairs in the country, this weekend celebrates their 62nd anniversary. These charming, tree-lit streets sit in Chicago’s historic Old Town Triangle District. With 260 nationally acclaimed artists fill this venue with creations ranging from mixed media, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, ceramics, fiber, glass, jewelry,  and works in metal, stone and wood. This year’s art fair includes a “Gallery of Gardens (a garden walk through more than 50 urban home gardens), a music stage featuring local musicians, a children arts and crafts corner, and a food court tailored with local eateries. A wide range of art and local talent make this art fair a colorful way to spend your summer day.

Chicago Blues Festival Grant Park, Jackson Blvd. & Columbus Chicago, IL 60604 Admission: Free

June 10 , 2011 – June 12, 2011; Closest Transportation: Red Line

Chicago’s Blues Festival is the largest free blues festival in the world. During three days and four stages, more than 500,000 people show the world why Chicago is the “Blues Capital of the World.” Past artists such as: Ray Charles, B.B. King, the late Bo Diddley and Buddy Guy have all preached soul at this landmark event. The festival will feature more than 60 performers as well as tributes to Delta blues great Robert Johnson and the 40th anniversary of Chicago’s Alligator Records label.  Chicago has been the center of blues’ evolution since the 40’s, one would be hard pressed to find a better package deal for both the casual and hardcore blues fan. For a full band schedule visit http://www.chicagofestivals.net/category/city-of-chicago-festivals/blues-festival
Grab a couple friends and join the crowds this weekend as Chicago’s festivals take full bloom. Let me know what you think. Share your experience and ill be sure to mention it.

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