June 4 – 5, 12 – 10pm on Division Street
Street Fest between Damen & Leavitt
Sidewalk Sale between Ashland & Leavitt
$5.00 Donation Suggested

Don’t just make any excuse to leave the house on June 4th and 5th, make a great excuse and visit Do-Division Street Fest & Sidewalk Sale. Division, between Ashland and Leavitt, is already a hot spot worthy of visiting with its mix of restaurants and bars that have sprung up in recent years. Do-Division Fest enhances the area’s charm, providing live music, food and a sidewalk sale for everything you never knew you wanted. Here’s a guide on all the goodness you’ll encounter at Do-Division.


Empty Bottle
1035 N. Western Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60622

2011 W. North Avenue
Chicago, IL 60647


The music this year was programmed by Empty Bottle and Subterranean with a stage on Damen and another on Leavitt. Both venues are staples of the neighborhood, featuring some of the best music that comes to Chicago, often giving smaller artists a chance to shine, all while serving good drinks. Two bands gracing Do-Division with their presence are White Mystery, a fast paced, hippy-like, red-headed brother-sister duo that’ll make you dance, and This Must be the Band, a Talking Heads tribute band that embodies all the weirdness of David Byrne. If you’re curious to see what other bands are playing, check out the line-up on Do-Division’s website.


1824 W. Division Street
Chicago, IL 60622

Milk & Honey Cafe
1920 W. Division St #1
Chicago, IL 60622

The Smoke Daddy
1804 W. Division Street
Chicago, Il 60622

Worried you might get hungry at Do-Division? Then plan on stopping by Do-Division sponsor, The Smoke Daddy and try some of their signature BBQ sauce. Or check out Moonshine, a relaxed restaurant bar that brews their own beer and provides great food from head chef Matthew Wilde, who says Moonshine will be barbecuing in their parking lot throughout the festival. Want something a bit lighter? Then have some tasty baked goods at Milk & Honey. Even better is their breakfast, I recommend french toast. I like french toast.

Family Fun


Expanded on to Hoyne this year between Division and Potomac, Do-Division provides fun for parents lugging around kids and kids stuck with their parents alike. Providing pony rides, face painting and punk rock hair styling by Psycho Baby, Do-Division ensures fun for all. Whether you have a family or not, I think everyone loves ponies.

Sidewalk Sale

Creative Claythings, Inc.
2255 W. Grand Avenue
Chicago, IL 60612

Renegade Handmade
1924 W. Division St.
Chicago, IL 60622

You’ll be happy to spend money on vendors as you spy their unique wares. Want something Handmade? Inspect Creative Claythings’ space for spiffy pottery. If you like what you see, you can sign up for their beginners pottery class at their gallery on West Grand. You can also hop on over to Renegade Handmade, a neighborhood store that puts Etsy to shame and provides unique crafts that are all, well, handmade.

Do-Division leaves you few reasons not to attend, and all they ask in return is a five dollar donation that goes to local non-profits, along with your eternal and everlasting love. So go! Enjoy the weather, eat some ribs, sip a beer, and most of all, ride a pony after getting a punk rock hairstyle.

Mason Johnson, CBS Local Chicago