By Lauren LaRoche
Do Division Street Fest
From Ashland to Leavitt
Do Division Street Fest & Sidewalk Sale kicks off this weekend, May 29th-31st in Wicker Park. Along with two stages of live entertainment booked by Chicago’s own Empty Bottle and Subterranean, Do Division also offers 10 blocks of local designers and boutiques, artisans, restaurants and family fun.
The Do Fashion
Do Fashion returns for a fashion fest-within-a-fest dedicated to the latest styles from the Wicker Park corridor and beyond. Do Fashion takes place Friday through Sunday on Hoyne Street between Folklore & Pizano’s, and will again feature Chicago designers and boutiques offering a sidewalk sale and runway presentations. You’ll find Division Street favorites such as Frill, Psychobaby, Elevenzees, Eyecandy, Mad Style, Marquin Salon, Sorelle Salon, Dynamic Salon, Chapeaux Couture – as well as West Town spots like Alcala’s, Ann Everett, Krispy Fringe, and M.GO Fashion Co.
The highlight of Do Fashion are the three days of runway shows on the Pink Noise Fashion Stage – happening continually throughout the weekend. The shows will showcase kids, teen and adult looks for the season, including a new show called “Rock the Runway” that consists of teen designers and models.
The Main Music
The music at Do Division presents everything from local up-and-comers to national touring bands on two stages from Friday to Sunday. The full music lineup is as follows:
East / Damen Stage: Programmed by Empty Bottle Presents:
8:30 – 9:45 Black Mountain, 7:00 – 8:00 Young Widows, 5:30 – 6:30 Crown Larks
8:30 – 9:45 Tobacco, 6:30 – 8:00 Peanut Butter Wolf, 5:30 – 6:15 Saba, 4:00 – 4:45 Will Sessions, 2:30 – 3:15 State Champion, 1:30 – 2:00 Al Scorch
8:30 – 9:45 Nick Waterhouse, 7:00 – 7:45 The Dodos, 5:30 – 6:15 Crocodiles, 4:00 – 4:45 Adia Victoria, 2:30 – 3:15 Meat Wave, 1:15 – 2:00 Fever The Ghost
West / Leavitt Stage: Programmed by Subterranean:
8:45 -10:00 Masked Intruder, 7:15 – 8:10 The Brokedowns, 6:00 – 6:45 Dog & Wolf
8:45 – 9:45 Murder By Death, 7:15 – 8:15 Pity Sex, 5:45 – 6:45 Porches, 4:30 – 5:15 Springtime Carnivore (the new project from Greta Morgan of Gold Motel / The Hush Sound), 3:15 – 4:00 Low Cut Connie, 2:00 – 2:45 Santah
8:45 – 9:45 Temples, 7:15 – 8:15 Nothing, 5:45 – 6:45 Merchandise, 4:30 – 5:15 Cloakroom, 3:15 – 4:00 Treasure Fleet, 2:00 – 2:45 Uh Bones
The Family Fun Fest
The Family Fun Fest is the exclusive family and kid-friendly area at Do Division. This is the 7th year the family fest-within-a-fest takes place from noon to 6 pm on Saturday and Sunday. The Family Fun Fest consumes multiple blocks of its own (just off the main Do Division drag on Hoyne Avenue between Crystal and Potomac and on Crystal Street between Hoyne and Damen).
Highlights of the Family Fun Fest include; sports-infused activity area, Rockin’ kids music and talent show at the Kids’ Stage, Pony and train rides, face painting, climbing wall, bounce house, jousting and treats from local vendors.
The Family Fun Fest Stage
Many popular acts return to the Family Fun Fest Stage this year, including Mad Science, Sarah Jayne Parker, Mary Macaroni, Music House student performances, LaSalle II choir, Future Hits, and the Trinity Irish Dancers. New this year- Ben Tatar and the Tater Tots, The Magnifiers, Smarty Pants Yoga and Zen Yoga Garage doing Kids Yoga. There will also be a brand new open mic variety show at the end of the show both days (5:30-6 pm).