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Summer, Finally: Weekend of Fests, Sales, Art Exhibits Planned for NW Side

PORTAGE PARK — With summer finally marking its official start, there are a plethora of things to do on the Far Northwest Side this weekend.

Journey to Art

To celebrate the first anniversary of the Ed Paschke Art Center, the Jefferson Park museum will turn over its main gallery to Bridgeport's Zhou Brothers, ShanZuo and DaHuang, who are known for their internationally acclaimed contemporary art work, which traces its inspiration to Chinese cave paintings. The crosstown art exchange will be on exhibit Friday through Aug. 2.

Workers install "The Lover" by the Zhou Brothers outside the Ed Paschke Art Center. [DNAinfo/Heather Cherone]

Six Corners BBQ Fest

Organizers plan to turn Milwaukee Avenue into the Midway of Meat as part of an expanded Six Corners BBQ Fest. A day longer, a block bigger — with double the amount of vendors — the festival promises food, music, professional wrestling and activities for children. The $5 entrance fee will go toward local arts organizations. The festival at Milwaukee Avenue and Irving Park Road runs from 5-11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday.

Admission to the Six Corners BBQ Fest is $5, to benefit local arts groups. [Six Corners Association]

'Positive Loitering' in Jefferson Park

Chicago Police officers will hit the streets of Jefferson Park Friday night and give residents a chance to quiz them about crime. The event will take place at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Jefferson Park branch of the Chicago Public Library, 5363 W. Lawrence Ave.

Cmdr. Roger Bay will hold a public roll call in Jefferson Park. [DNAinfo/Heather Cherone]

Are You Ready to Rock, Edgebrook?

Students from the Lakeview-based School of Rock are set to rock Wildwood Park, 6950 N. Hiawatha Ave., at 7 p.m. Friday.

[Facebook/School of Rock]

Irving-Austin Business District Days

The fourth annual Irving-Austin Business District Days will give shoppers a chance to score some good deals, see some fancy cars and get a glimpse of a spruced-up stretch of Irving Park Road. The event takes place from 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday along Irving Park Road near Austin Avenue.

Norwood Park Historical Society Yard Sale

The Norwood Park Historical Society will host a "giant" yard sale from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at the Noble-Seymour-Crippen House, 5624 N. Newark Ave., organizers said.

Paschke in the Park

A free art festival celebrating the first anniversary of the Ed Paschke Art Center will take place from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday at Jefferson Memorial Park, 4822 N. Long Ave. It will feature food, music and community art projects inspired by Paschke, the internationally acclaimed pop artist who would have turned 76 on June 22, organizers said.

Paschke in the Park will celebrate what would have been the 76th birthday of Ed Paschke. [DNAinfo/Heather Cherone]

Portage Park Farmers Market

Veggie lovers, rejoice! The Portage Park Farmers Market will take place from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday near Berteau and Central avenues in the park, 4100 N. Long Ave.

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