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Retro On Roscoe Keeps Summer Festival Season Rolling

By Patty Wetli | August 9, 2017 6:41am
 The fest runs Friday-Sunday at Damen and Roscoe.
The fest runs Friday-Sunday at Damen and Roscoe.
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ROSCOE VILLAGE — Chicago's summer festival season shows no signs of slowing down. This weekend, Roscoe Village takes its turn in the spotlight with Retro on Roscoe.

Here's what you need to know before you go.

• Where, when and how much

The fest takes place on Roscoe Street, enter at Damen Avenue. Hours are 5-10 p.m. Friday and noon-10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is a suggested $10 donation.

• Music

Retro's three music stages are programmed with tried and true crowd pleasers including Wedding Banned, Two White Crew, 16 Candles, Mr. Blotto and Trippin' Billies.

A just-announced karaoke and DJ stage is new for 2017 on Saturday and Sunday. Karaoke will run from noon-5:45 p.m., with DJs taking over the stage 6-10 p.m. 

• Food and drinks

Yes and yes.

• Kids

Retro knows its audience. The event's family area, at Roscoe and Hoyne, is a fest within the fest. The area is open noon-7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and will keep youngsters entertained with inflatables, crafts, performances and, new this year, a dunk tank.

• Putting the Retro in Roscoe

The fest's quirkiest aspect is undoubtedly the event's antique/vintage car show. Check out more than 50 classic autos from 1-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Roscoe and Leavitt.

• How not to get there

It wouldn't be a street fest without street closures. Sections of Roscoe, Hoyne, Hamilton, Leavitt, Bell, Oakley and Claremont will be off limits to cars from 2 a.m. Saturday-6 a.m. Monday, with portions of Roscoe and Seeley shutting down as early as 9 a.m. Friday.

Click here for the complete breakdown of street closures and "no parking" zones.