PORTAGE PARK — The fifth annual Six Corners BBQ Fest set for June 19-21 will offer ribs, chicken, sausage and beef — all with a side of arts and culture.
Sponsored by the Six Corners Association, the fest will expand to three days this year and cover more ground in the Six Corners Shopping District near Cicero and Milwaukee avenues at Irving Park Road, organizers said.
Meat lovers will get a chance to chow down from 5-11 p.m. June 19, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. June 20 and 11 a.m.-8 p.m. June 21 while raising money for local arts organizations.
Too White Crew, which pays tribute to hip-hop's Golden Era with a six-piece band and choreographed dancers, will headline the festival's main stage at 8:30 p.m. June 19, while Chicago-based Funkadesi will headline June 20. A performance by the Rico Dance School will close out the festival at 6 p.m. June 21.
The festival will close Milwaukee Avenue to traffic from Irving Park Road north to Berteau Avenue, two blocks further than in previous years, organizers said. The festival will also add an entrance on Cicero Avenue, officials said.
Organizers will ask attendees for a $5 donation, and all proceeds will go to the arts groups, which are part of a burgeoning arts scene taking shape in the Six Corners Shopping District.
Attendance at last year's fest was 33 percent higher than the year before, organizers said.
The festival will also include kids' activities, organizers said.
Restaurants that want to be part of the festival can apply at 6cornersbbqfest.com.
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