Guide To Bellwether Chicago: Art, Food, Music & More

June 7, 2013 2:19 PM




By Lauren Wulf

Bellwether Chicago

The Hideout
When: June 8-9, 2013
Where: Outside of The Hideout
1354 W. Wabansia
Elston to Throop and N. Ada St.

The producers of the Renegade Craft Fair, The Vintage Bazaar and The Hideout on Wabansia, team up for a weekend of art, food, music, shopping and more.

General Info


• Day hours June 8 and 9: suggested donation $10, kids under 12 are free
• June 8 after-hours: $10 suggested donation
• Sunday feast: limited number of $50 tickets for sale online




Thousands of specialty goods, art, music and decor items will be on display for your shopping enjoyment.

Here’s a list of a few items you’ll find at Bellwether:

• Locally produced goods
• Records
• Specialty items
• Vintage
• Home decor
• Art
• Artisan foods


The weekend also includes hands-on workshops and demos for the creative fest goers. Classes and events include:

• Workshops
• Demos
• Meet the artists opportunities
• Make-take projects
• Terrarium-making classes from Logan Square Flower Shop, Fleur
• Make your own sculpture table by Rebuilding Exchange
• Yarn spinning class by Videnovinch Farms
• Art Installation by Essimar
• FREE photo booth by Smilebooth




Bellwether features performances outside The Hideout and in the street by Tortoise’s Jeff Parker, The Paulina Hollers, Abraham Levitan, Ami Saraiya and The Outcome, Black Bear Combo, and the Low Down Brass Band. Plus, DJ sets by Damon Locks, Tony Sarabia, Peter Margasak, Reckless Records, and more.

Food, Screenings & More

The fest will feature local vendors and food trucks, plus drinks from Revolution Brewery, cocktails from Death’s Door, and wine from Oliver Winery.

On Saturday, in The Hideout’s back room, enjoy film footage from the Chicago Film Archives, as well as amateur sound shorts. Saturday night after-hours programming from 8pm-10pm includes a special screening of the Sign Painter movie and sketch comedy show NED Talks.

On Saturday, enjoy the kid-friendly Adventure Sandwich, and the very adult-friendly Drunken Spelling Bee. Sunday morning beer and brunch feast at Ada St. Restaurant with Revolution brews for $50.

Lauren Wulf, CBS Chicago

Lauren Wulf writes about living in Chicago on a budget on her website, A Poor Girl’s Guide Chicago.

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