By Lauren Wulf

Wicker Park Fest
Milwaukee Avenue from North to Paulina
Saturday & Sunday
July 28th & 29th

Admission: $5 Donation

About The Fest

This neighborhood street fest has grown in to a major music event in Chicago. Local and national acts fill a jam-packed weekend, Saturday, July 28 – Sunday, July 29, 2012.

In addition to the highly regarded live music bill, Wicker Park Fest is a showcase of its diverse neighborhood. Chicago’s Wicker Park and Bucktown district offers a variety of lifestyle options, including restaurants, family activities, fashion and art, all represented at the fest.


Check out a sampling of the line-up below. With three stages of live bands and DJs, there’s something for every genre lover.

July 28th:

Cursive – 8:30PM
Kill Hannah – 8:45PM
The Drums- 8:30PM
Foxy Shazam- 7:30PM
Baseball Project (Featuring members of REM)- 7:15PM
Fang Island- 7:30PM

July 29th:

Budos Band- 8:30PM
Joe Pug- 8:30PM
Miniature Tigers- 7:30PM
Steepwater Band- 7:00PM

Check out the full line-up here:


Arts & Entertainment

Location: Redmoon Theatre
On Honroe Avenue next to Native Foods, from Milwaukee to the alley

“Presenting the Sonic Boom, a massive battery powered vehicle, sculpture and performance platform. Redmoon performers will activate two hydraulic performance platforms and mobile DJ booth with spectacle performance and sound pieces.” – Music/Activities Page

Location: Defibrillator Gallery
Wood St. NE from Milwaukee Avenue to Beach St. (across from the Wicker Park Kids Area)

“Presenting a series of large-scale inflatable sculptures by six local artists that will be installed each day of the festival and activated with live movement and spectacle based performances throughout the festival.” – Music/Activities Page

In addition, the fest will feature art vendors, retailers and local restaurants to serve your eating, drinking and shopping needs.

Kids Fest

This year’s festival will feature kids entertainment, games, activities and snacks. Proceeds will benefit Jonathan Burr Elementary School.


Don’t Speak…No Doubt Cover Band
Mary Macaroni
Reptile Show by the Frog Lady


Nail painting
Face painting
Cookie decorating
Arts & crafts station
Faux hawks and hair streaks by Psychobaby
Tot Spot
Nature Tent
Bounce House

Lauren Wulf, CBS Chicago

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