ROGERS PARK — Pratt Beach will be renamed for the late activist Tobey Prinz at the 21st annual Artists of the Wall Festival this weekend at Loyola Park.
The official ceremony at 2:30 p.m. Saturday will honor Prinz, a woman who championed a movement to save Rogers Park's beaches from high-rise developments in the 1950s, with new signs reading, "Tobey Prinz Beach."
In January, the Chicago Park District's Board of Commissioners approved the renaming after Prinz's son, Fred Schein, had worked for years to collect newspaper articles, books and old photographs, building his case that his mother deserved a beach named for her.
During the rest of the festival, both on Saturday and Sunday, attendees will paint 154 sections along a 600-foot seawall along the lakefront.
This year's theme is "Dreaming It Real," chosen for the spirit of Prinz, who dreamed of — and eventually realized — a protected Rogers Park lakefront for the future generations of Chicago, said Loyola Park Advisory Council President Roseanna Magada.
This year the festival will also feature a photo show, showcasing the work of Rogers Park's photographers.
The festival's lineup:
12-1 p.m. Handyman Steel Pan
1:30-2:30 pm Sami Grisafe
2:30-3 pm Tobey Prinz Beach Dedication
3:30-4:30 pm Vanessa Davis Band
5-6:15 pm Jerome Croswell’s Beyond Belief
12-12:45 p.m. Roots of Rhythm Drum Ensemble (Family Matters)
1:15–2 p.m. UGOCHI
2:30-3:30 p.m. Leonum
4-5:15 p.m. The Pratt Cattz