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Pilsen Food Truck Fest, Spring Awakening Hit Near West Side This Weekend

By Stephanie Lulay | June 9, 2017 12:50pm
 Pilsen Food Truck Social returns to the neighborhood this weekend.
Pilsen Food Truck Social returns to the neighborhood this weekend.
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Pilsen Food Truck Social

NEAR WEST SIDE — As 90-degree temperatures hit the city this weekend, two festivals — one focused on food, the other, music — will take over the Near West Side this weekend. 

The third annual The Pilsen Food Truck Social will bring 25 food trucks,  live music and Revolution Brewing beer to the neighborhood from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 18th Street and Allport Avenue. 

A $20 sampler ticket comprised of six individual tickets allows festival goers to try sample-sized food from food trucks on site and "shortie" Revolution brews. All food and beverages will also be available for cash purchase. 

Participating restaurants and food trucks include: Azul18; Belli's Chicago; Benny's Pizza; Dia De Los Tamales; Doom Street Eats; Dusek's Board & Beer; Honky Tonk BBQ; Reggie's; 5411 Empanadas; Aztec Daves; Beavers Coffee & Donuts; Boo Coo Roux ; Bruges Brothers; Caponies Express; Carnivale Food Truck; Chicago Lunch Box; Da Lobsta Food Truck; DonerMen; Flying Tacos; Happy Lobster Truck; Haute & Ready ; Izakaya Yume Sushi; Jerk Modern Jamaican Grill; La Cocinita Food Truck; Loop Juice; Lucy's; Mike's Revenge; Mrs. Tittles Cupcakes; Pierogi Wagon; Piko Street Kitchen; Tamale Spaceship; The Lifeway Kefer Shop; Yum Dum.

Participants will be asked to give an optional $5 donation upon entering the fest.

A portion of the food truck fest's proceeds will benefit the Illinois Food Truck Owners Association, St. Procopius Church in Pilsen, ArtReach Chicago and the Dia De Los Ninos Parade Dream Scholarship fund.

The three-day Spring Awakening Music Festival returns to Addams/Medill Park June 9-11. [Facebook]

Spring Awakening returns to University Village  

Electronic dance music fest Spring Awakening will once again return to the Near West Side this weekend. 

The three-day outdoor music festival, featuring more than 80 artists, will be staged at Addams/Medill Park in University Village Friday-Sunday. Diplo, Afrojack and Chicago's own Krewella and Louis The Child are expected to headline the fest. 

The lineup also includes: trance godfather Armin Van Buuren; former Swedish House Mafia members Axwell & Ingrosso; Diplo; Dutch house legend Afrojack; Swedish DJ Alesso; Marshmello; trap duo Yellow Claw; Chicago's own Krewella and Louis The Child; Datsik; Galantis; South African crew Die Antwoord; UK house producer Duke Dumont; Zhu and more. 

Three-day general admission passes are sold out. Friday and Sunday single-day tickets are on sale for $99. 

Founded as a concert series in 2008, Spring Awakening promoters decided to launch a two-day outdoor music festival at Soldier Field in 2012, where it was hosted through 2015. 

After first announcing Spring Awakening 2016 would take place at Jackson Park in Woodlawn, the fest was eventually staged in Addams/Medill Park last year.