LOGAN SQUARE — Organizers of Remix Chicago, the festival of all things reused, are hoping the fest's new Logan Square spot will draw bigger crowds.
Though the old name, Ravenswood Remix, had a nice alliterative ring to it, organizers found the Ravenswood location where the first two years of the event was held was not ideal.
"In Ravenswood it was in the middle of two 'L' stops and there already wasn't a lot of foot traffic so it wasn't that accessible," said Remix Chicago organizer Sadie McGuire.
The Ravenswood Avenue stretch where the 2011 and 2012 Remixes were held was situated between the Irving Park and Montrose Brown Line stations. This year, organizers are sticking the fest next to the California Blue Line stop on the stretch of Milwaukee between California and Fullerton avenues.
"The main reason we decided to move was access to public transit," McGuire said.
With a slogan of "Remix, rethink and recycle," the two-day festival will feature its usual blend of music, "eco-friendly workshops," and booths featuring arts and crafts all made from repurposed materials.
"By taking used or recycled goods and creating original, handmade art, clothing, household items, jewelry, paper objects, collectibles and other crafts, artists are changing the way communities think about the value of recyclables," reads the event description on the Remix Chicago website.
The event "provides a platform for artists who think outside the margins and want a place to display and sell their handmade goods."
Remix Chicago will be held over Labor Day weekend on Aug. 31 and Sept. 1, and will also offer food, drink and plenty of activities for the kids.
The band and workshop schedules have yet to be announced, but McGuire said they would be updating the website as that information becomes available.