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Wicker Park Fest Weekend Packs in Music, Art, Kids Fest, Plus Tow Alerts

By Alisa Hauser | July 24, 2014 5:30am
 Cowboy Jesus & The Sugar Bums will be headlining "Wicker Park Fest Kids" portion on Saturday.
Cowboy Jesus & The Sugar Bums will be headlining "Wicker Park Fest Kids" portion on Saturday.
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WICKER PARK — With 70,000 people expected to descend upon Milwaukee Avenue for the 11th annual Wicker Park Fest, there won't be any lack of things to do and see this weekend — even children have a fest of their own.

Scheduled for noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, the "Wicker Park Fest Kids" offers a variety of activities, including face painting, "chess wizards" tables, Lego robotics, hair streaking and nail painting, origami, an arts and crafts station and a bounce house.

The entire fest takes places along Milwaukee Avenue from North Avenue to Paulina Street, while the kids portion of the fest will be inside the Walgreen's parking lot at 1372 N. Milwaukee Ave.

There is a $5 suggested donation to enter the main fest — hours are noon to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday — but no additional donation to enter the kids area, organizers said in a news release.

In advance of the fest, the Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce published details on all street closures and parking restrictions, which begin at 8 a.m. Friday and end at 5 a.m. Monday.

"Be cautious of parking overnight on Friday," the alert warned residents.

2014 Wicker Park Fest Kids Stage:


3:15 p.m. — Cowboy Jesus & The Sugar Bums                    
2:15 p.m. — Mary Macaroni
1:15 p.m. — The Dreamtree Shakers
12:15 p.m. — Sarah Jayne Lane       


3:15 p.m. — Istvan & His Imaginary Band
2:45 p.m. — Mad Science
2 p.m. — MaZi Dance Cardio-Along
1 p.m. — The Young Stracke All-Stars
Noon — Super Stolie

2014 Wicker Park Fest Arts Highlights:

"Eye Candy"

An interactive "flashing neon and steel structure wrapped with layers of holographic film" by John Bannon called "Eye Candy" resembles a giant piece of wrapped candy. The structure will be programmed to react to the movement of the crowd.

"Air Pocket Project"

First presented at Wicker Park Fest Arts in 2012, this year's performance art exhibition will feature inflatable objects.

"Sparking the child within, inflatable objects are immediately accessible by a large demographic and are, by nature, entertaining and engaging," organizers from the Defibrillator Performance Art Gallery said.

2014 Music Lineup: 


North Stage

8:30 p.m. — Reverend Horton Heat
7:15 p.m. — Lydia Loveless
6 p.m. — Laura Stevenson
4:45 p.m. — Hop Along
3:30 p.m. — Foxing
2:15 p.m. — Trails & Ways
1 p.m. — Mutts

Center Stage
8:45 p.m. — Owls
7:30 p.m. — Pet Symmetry
6:15 p.m. — The Felix Culpa
5:15 p.m. — Dr. Manhattan
4:15 p.m. — Space Blood

South Stage
9 p.m. — RJD2
7:45 p.m. — Nick Waterhouse
6:30 p.m. — Jarell Perry
5:15 p.m. — Miner
4 p.m. — Bonzie


North Stage
9 p.m. — JEFF The Brotherhood
7:45 p.m. — Diarrhea Planet
6:30 p.m. — July Talk
5:15 p.m. — Gavin Turek
2:45 p.m. — Sidewalk Chalk
1:30 p.m. — Girl Group Chicago

Center Stage
8:45 p.m. — Woods
7:30 p.m. — Santah
6:15 p.m. — Milo & Otis
5:15 p.m. — The Hudson Branch
4:15 p.m. — Oshwa

South Stage
8:30 p.m. — ODESZA
7:15 p.m. — El Ten Eleven
6 p.m. — Kodak To Graph
4:45 p.m. — Young Widows
3:30 p.m. — Maritime
2:15 p.m. — Honeyblood
1 p.m. — Exit Verse

Wicker Park Fest Kids benefits Jonathan Burr Elementary and is sponsored by Chicago Digital, the Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce, and WPB SSA #33. The main fest's proceeds benefit the Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce and Jonathan Burr Elementary. 

Free bike parking will be available at both the North and Paulina gates. Well-behaved dogs on leash are permitted. For up-to-date fest info, visit the fest's Facebook page or website, wickerparkfest.com, or call 773-384-2672.

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