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Do-Division Street Fest Releases First Wave of Acts, Activities

By Alisa Hauser | April 6, 2013 8:40am
 The 7th annual Do-Division Street Fest is planned for May 31- June 2.
The 7th annual Do-Division Street Fest is planned for May 31- June 2.
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WEST TOWN — The  Do-Division Street Fest & Sidewalk Sale is just around the bend.

The 7th annual edition of the festival on Division Street between Ashland and Leavitt Street is scheduled to take place May 31-June 2.
Spanning 10 city blocks, the weekend-long festival includes live music on two stages, local independent retailers and artisans, and "exciting family fun," according to a press release. More acts and activities are expected to be announced soon.

A $5 suggested donation to benefit the West Town Chicago Chamber of Commerce and participating non-profits is requested for admittance to the fest, which is located on a street packed with popular restaurants, bars, salons, spas, cafes and bakeries.

 Revelers of all ages packed the streets at the Do-Division Fest in 2012.
Revelers of all ages packed the streets at the Do-Division Fest in 2012.
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Hours of operation are 5 to 10 p.m. May 31 (Friday); Noon to 10 pm June 1-2 (Sat-Sun). The Do-Division Family Fun Fest is open from Noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday only.

The Music
The festival's lineup - so far - is as follows:
Damen Stage: Programmed by Empty Bottle Presents
Friday, May 31st
Saturday, June 1st
Ariel Pink
Night Moves
Sunday, June 2nd
Gaslamp Killer
Beat Connection
Leavitt Stage: Programmed by Subterranean and House Call Entertainment
Friday, May 31st
Slim Cessna's Auto Club
Brown Bird
Saturday, June 1st
Tilly and the Wall
He's My Brother She's My Sister
Sunday, June 2nd
Jeff The Brotherhood
The Family Fun Fest (Sat - Sun)
Do-Division Family Fun Fest, which falls on Saturday and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m., has quickly become one of the premier family-friendly festivals (within a festival) in the city.
The Museum of Science and Industry, which recently debuted its new exhibit Animals: Inside/Out, will bring several related activities which will educate and entertain a wide range of ages along with The Shedd Aquarium, which be returning with a second year of aquatic fun. 

The following local vendors will provide popular kid-friendly activities: The Easel Art Studio Craft Tent, punk rock hair styling by Psycho Baby, The Kids Table, face painting, the Children's Learning Place Toddler Zone, two bounce houses, mini-golf, pony rides, and Nail Boutique with mini manicures.
A "boogie on down" at the Family Fun Fest stage is planned as well.
Proceeds from Do-Division Family Fun Fest go to Friends of Pritzker School and LaSalle II PTO, two public elementary schools in Wicker Park
The Sidewalk Sale and 'Do-Fashion'

Throughout the weekend, many of local merchants participate in the sidewalk sale that spans the full length of the fest.

New to Do-Division Street Fest this year is Do-Fashion, a fest-within-a-fest focused on styles from the Do-Division Corridor.  Produced by M.GO Fashion Salon, Do-Fashion will take place Friday through Sunday on Hoyne Street (just off Division), and feature Division Street designer pop-up shops.  Do-Fashion Shows will spotlight the latest kids, teen and adult looks.

For more information, call 312-850-9390 or visit do-divisionstreetfest.com.