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One Weekend, Three Festivals: Square Roots, Roscoe Burger Fest, Irish Fest

 The Square Roots Festival, Friday through Sunday, features local beer, music and food.
The Square Roots Festival, Friday through Sunday, features local beer, music and food.
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LINCOLN SQUARE — If it sometimes feels like Chicago crams a year's worth of fun into three months of summer, this weekend is going to feel like an entire summer crammed into three days.

There are no fewer than three major festivals taking place in the area, along with farmers markets and outdoor movies and concerts.

The Fests

Square Roots, Friday through Sunday, Lincoln Avenue between Montrose and Wilson.

Music headliners include rapper/singer Dessa from Minneapolis, the "hillybilly punk" of Lydia Loveless, and alt-rockers Cracker. Additional acts, programmed by the Old Town School of Folk Music, are spread across five stages and will also feature dancing, sing-alongs and a number of Old Town ensembles.

More than a dozen local craft breweries will be serving beer and neighborhood restaurants dominate the list of food vendors, with Bistro Campagne, Gather, Taco In A Bag, Miku Sushi, Luella's, Mash Kitchen, LC Pho and the Budlong taking part in the fest.

Hours are 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, noon to 11 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 10:30 p.m. Sunday. Food and beer sales end at 9 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

The suggested donation is $10 for adults, $5 for kids and seniors, or $20 for families.

Roscoe Village Burger Fest, Saturday and Sunday, Clybourn Avenue between Diversey and Wellington (moved for 2016 only due to construction).

The name says it all: this fest is all about the burgers. Butcher & the Burger will be back to defend its 2015 Critics Choice crown. Newcomers include Dive Bar, Fatso's Last Stand and Chubby Wieners.

In addition to a pair of music stages, the fest also features a popular Kids Zone, with activities like face painting and an instrument "petting zoo" for younger children, and sports and a 35-foot slide for older kids. 

Hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; admission is a suggested donation of $10.

Irish Fest, Friday through Sunday, Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox Ave.

The full gamut of Irish culture will be on display. Enjoy multiple stages for music and dancing, a children's area, games, exhibits and food and beer. Contests include Saturday's "men in kilts" competition and Sunday's battle for supremacy among bakers of soda bread.

Hours are 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday, noon to 1 a.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to midnight Sunday. Admission varies from free to $5 for kids and $8-$15 for adults.

Beyond the Fests

• Ravenswood Manor's outdoor concert series continues with a performance by Spektral Quartet, which brings classical music into the 21st Century. The concert is set for 7 p.m. Friday, Ravenswood Manor Park, 4626 N. Manor Ave.

• Catch an outdoor screening of "The Sandlot" at Eugene Field Park, 8:30 p.m. Friday, 5100 N. Ridgeway Ave. The family-friendly flick tells the story of a band of misfit little leaguers.

• Get Fit With the Fire. Start your Saturday with an outdoor yoga class at The PrivateBank Fire Pitch, 8-9 a.m. Cost is $10, bring your own mat. 3626 N. Talman Ave.

• Pick up fresh fruit, veggies and more at neighborhood farmers markets.

North Center, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, 4100 N. Lincoln Ave.

Horner Park, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, 2741 W. Montrose Ave.

Independence Park, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Irving Park Road and Hamlin Avenue.

• Make time to relax. Band of Bohemia, 4710 N. Ravenswood Ave., is debuting a new bar menu, including a fried chicken sandwich and a bacon-fat ginger snap that's essentially an "adult" animal cracker.

Weekend hours have also been extended. The kitchen is now open 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday.

Band of Bohemia is debuting a new bar menu, including a bacon-fat ginger snap. [Nisha Aher/Band of Bohemia]

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