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Chicago International Movies and Music Festival Returns for Its 6th Year

Michael Hamrick - Thursday, April 24, 2014

6th Annual Chicago International Movies & Music Festival, May 1 - May 4

Chicago International Movies & Music Festival, the annual four-day showcase celebrating the inseparable connection between movies and music, returns Thursday, May 1 - Sunday, May 4, 2014 for its sixth and boldest year yet. The event includes: 75+ live bands and DJs including indie gods Yo La Tengo and Brooklyn disco orchestra Escort at Concord Music Hall and the Bloodshot Records 20th Anniversary Showcase with Murder By Death at Logan Square Auditorium; more than 90 film features, shorts and videos; and filmmaker panels and Q&As and special events ... all taking place throughout Wicker Park, Bucktown and Logan Square. 

One low ticket price grants you admission into all of the events. Take a peek at the full program. A don't miss.


Participating Venues Include:

1st Ward @ The Chop Shop, 2033 W. North Avenue

The Burlington, 3425 W Fullerton Avenue

Comfort Station, 2579 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Concord Music Hall, 2047 N Milwaukee Ave 

Double Door, 1551 N. Damen Ave

East  Room, 2828 Medill 

Elastic Arts, 2830 N Milwaukee Ave.

The Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western Ave

Logan Square Auditorium, 2539 N. Kedzie

The Logan Theatre, 2646 N. Milwaukee Ave

Rosa's Lounge, 3420 W Armitage Ave

Society for Arts, 1112 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Subterranean, 2011 W. North Ave


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Michael Hamrick - Friday, March 28, 2014

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Every week we sift through lots of information to identify the neighborhood's very best of the best; the best theater, music, cool events, art exhibitions, awesome deals, unique real estate opportunities and more.  And every week we publish the Wicker Park Bucktown Insider Weekend Guide which features these special events combined with local news including new restaurants, retail shops and bars.

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Renegade Craft Fair Heads to Wicker Park

Michael Hamrick - Wednesday, September 04, 2013

September 7th and September 8th

Division Street Between Damen Avenue and Paulina - Wicker Park

The Renegade Craft Fair has grown at an incredible rate each and every year. In 2013, the fair will will held Saturday September 7th from 11:00am - 7:00pm and September 8th 11:00am - 7:00pm on Division Street between Paulina Street and Damen Avenue.


This  DIY extravaganza is in its 11th year features more than 300 indie-craft artists from across the U.S. selling handmade wares, from jewelry and clothing to rock posters to bath products to plush toys and more. Great music, food and drink also abound. 

This year you'll find a vintage pop up market by The Vintage Bazaar, entertainment/music by Reckless Records and CHIRP radio, a photobooth by Magnolia Photo Booth Company, food by: Antique Taco, Mana, Glazed & Infused, Black Dog Gelato + more.

This is a great "don't miss" fest. You never know who you'll meet there. Last year we bumped into Mayor Emanuel.



Wicker Park Fest Parking Restrictions

Michael Hamrick - Thursday, July 25, 2013

Wicker Park Fest arrives this weekend July 27th and July 28th and with it many parking restrictions beginning 1:00am on Saturday July 27th.


Milwaukee Avenue will be closed from North Avenue to Paulina. The streets are also off limits:


-Hermitage Street - SW from Milwaukee to the alley

-Wood Street - SW from Milwaukee to the alley

-Wolcott Street - SW from Milwaukee to the alley

-Wood Street - North from Milwaukee to Beach

-Evergreen Street- SW from Milwaukee to Wicker Park Avenue

-Honore Street -NE from Milwaukee to Elk Grove

-Honore SW from Milwaukee to Wicker Park Avenue

-Beach Street from Wood Street to Dean


Cars will be towed at the owner's expense. Streets will reopen at 5am Monday, July 29, 2013.

Meat Puppets, Mucca Pazza Join 2nd Wave of Wicker Park Fest Bands

Michael Hamrick - Monday, June 17, 2013
Wicker Park Fest 2013 is just around the corner. Festival times are 12:00pm - 10:00pm Saturday and Sunday. Music starts at 1pm. Milwaukee Avenue will be packed with food, drink, shopping and more. There are also designated areas for kids activities.

The first wave of Wicker Park Fest included: Ted Leo and the Pharmacists and the American indie pop band Cults as two of the headliners for this year's fest. Also part of the "first wave" announcement were Man Man, Bahamas and Roky Erickson.


Here's the line-up to date:


Saturday July 27:

North Stage:
Man Man 
Delicate Steve

South Stage:
Tera Melos
The Lighthouse and The Whaler

Center Stage:
Meat Puppets
Yound General
The Bright White



Sunday July 28: 

North Stage:
Roky Erickson
Fly Golden Eagle

South Stage:
Ted Leo and the Pharmacists
Trapper Schoepp & The Shades of Sun

Center Stage:
Mucca Pazza
Hey Champ
Midwest Hype


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Vibrator Giveaway Do Division 2013 Wicker Park

Michael Hamrick - Friday, May 24, 2013

2013_05-21_Trojan-Free-Vibrators.pngImage via Trojan Facebook


4,000 Vibrators Given Away At Do Division

In a surprising twist of fate, Wicker Park's Do-Division is playing host to a "Vibrator GiveAway" this year. Surprising because the annual Do-Division Festival spends a lot of time promoting their family friendly theme and activities.

But on June 1st from 6pm -10pm there will be "Trojan Pleasure Carts" (ironically not unlike hot dog carts) set up on Division Street where you can claim a free Trojan Tri-Phoria or Trojan Pulse vibrator. They will be giving away thousands of free vibrators.

 Trojan Gives Away Free Summer Loving at Do Division Fest [Racked]

Wicker Park's Green Music Fest 2013 - Final LIne Up

Michael Hamrick - Wednesday, May 15, 2013
June 22rd and June 23 12:00pm - 10:00pm
On Damen Avenue North to Schiller - Wicker Park
$5 Donation

 2013 Headliner Joe Pug. photo credit:

Don't miss the 5th Annual Green Music Fest at Damen Avenue between North and Schiller, adjacent to Wicker Park (1425 N. Damen). For just $5 you can catch music all day long. It doesn't look like there will be another Dinosaur Jr. appearance this year. This year's line up includes: Manchester Orchestra, Into It. Over It., Everest, Ha Ha Tonka, Joe Pug, and a Talking Heads cover band named This Must Be The Band.

The full line up is outlined below:


Saturday June 22nd Line- Up

North Stage

Manchester Orchestra - 7:15pm

Into It. Over It. - 6:30pm

Joie de Vivre - 5:15pm

Island of Misfit Toys - 4:15pm

Hamburglars - 3:15pm


South Stage

Everest - 6:15pm

Yawn -    5:45pm

Molehill - 4:45pm

Audiences - 3:45pm

Gooey  - 2:45pm



Sunday June 23rd Line- Up

North Stage

This Must Be The Band - 8:30pm

Snowden - 6:30pm

Future Monarchs - 4:30pm

Carbon Tigers - 3:30pm


South Stage

Everest - 7:00pm

Ha Ha Tonka - 5:00pm

Great Divide - 4:00pm

The Western - 3:00pm



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The green technology-themed event combines cutting edge, environmentally-conscious bands with green vendors and activities.

What can you find at the Green Music Fest? Food, fun and of course, great music. In addition the to the great music, food and drink, there are also many activities for kids throughout the day.





The Green Theme

The  Green Music Fest is an opportunity for thousands of people who care for the environment to unite to enjoy high quality music and discover new ways to go "green." There will be local retail, art and craft vendors, plus a green vendor village.

With the support of the City of Chicago Department of Environment's Chicago Center for Green Technology, who is sponsoring the green section of the event, an estimated 60-plus vendors and sponsors will participate in the second annual Green Music Fest. The event will also be produced in the most eco-friendly way possible with bio-diesel fuel operated generators, biodegradable plastic cups, recycling and composting options, free bike valet courtesy of Active Transportation Alliance and Special Service Area 29, and much more. For more information, call 312-850-9390 or visit

Your 2013 Wicker Park-Bucktown Festival Guide

Michael Hamrick - Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Your Handy Pocket Guide to Wicker Park & Bucktown's

Best 2013 Neighborhood Festivals


Want to know where to head this Summer and beyond? We can help. We'll provide the up-to-the-minute information about Wicker Park & Bucktown's best fests, line ups shopping and more.We're your one stop shop to all neighborhood festivals. We've included everything from  Do Division to Green Music Fest, Wicker Park Fest, Renegade Craft Fair, the Bucktown Arts Fest and, or course, additional information about Coyote will follow. We will see you there.


Do Division Street Fest 2013

May 31st - June 2nd Noon - 10pm
Division Street between Damen and Leavitt - Wicker Park

Learnapalooza Festival

Saturday June 15th 10am -4pm
Locations throughout Wicker Park & Bucktown

Green Music Fest 2013

June 22rd and June 23 12:00pm - 10:00pm
On Damen Avenue North to Schiller - Wicker Park

Wicker Park Fest 2013

July 27th and 28th from 12pm - 10pm
Milwaukee Avenue Between North Avenue and Paulina Street

Bucktown Arts Festival

August 23rd and August 24th 11am - 7pm
Senior Citizens Memorial Park - 2300 N. Oakley - Bucktown

Renegade Craft Fair Chicago 2013

September 7th and September 8th
Division Street Between Damen Avenue and Paulina - Wicker Park

Coyote - Wicker Park Bucktown Festival of the Arts

Friday September 28th - September 30th
Flat Iron Arts Building - 1579 N. Milwaukee Avenue


 Want the full details? Head to our Events section. We've included each Festival, lines up as they're announced, news and more. Stay tuned for full 2013 details.

Wicker Park Fest 2013 Announces 2 Headliners

Michael Hamrick - Tuesday, April 30, 2013
July 27th and 28th from 12pm - 10pm
Milwaukee Avenue Between North Avenue and Paulina Street

Wicker Park Fest 2013 is just around the corner. Festival times are 12:00pm - 10:00pm Saturday and Sunday. Music starts at 1pm and Milwaukee Avenue will be fill with food, drink, shopping and more. There will also be designated areas for kids activities.



Photo courtesy of

The first wave of the Wicker Park Fest line up has been announced and includes: Ted Leo and the Pharmacists and the American indie pop band Cults as two of the headliners for this year's fest. Also part of the "first wave" announcement are Man Man, Bahamas and Roky Erickson.


Stay tuned for additional news and information as it's announced.


And be sure to follow us on Facebook & Twitter for up-to-the-minute information.

 Wicker Park Fest Announces Ted Leo, Cults Among First Wave of Performers [Redeye]

Do Division 2013 Announces Dates - Preliminary Line Up

Michael Hamrick - Monday, April 08, 2013

Do Division Street Fest 2013

May 31st - June 2nd Noon - 10pm
Division Street between Damen and Leavitt - Wicker Park
$5 Donation

Updated April 5, 2013  - Wicker Park's Do Division Fest includes a variety of great bands, fantastic food, retailers and shopping.  Sidewalk sales fill the perimeter of the area and the extra-wide side walks allow plenty of al fresco dining at the incredible area bars, restaurants and bakeries ... in addition to all of the food being served directly at the fest itself.The fest has evolved over time to include more family friendly activities too like face painting for kids


The Music

The music at Do-Division Street Fest features original, live bands and dj's continuously on two stages throughout the weekend. Music critics and fans alike typically rate the lineup among the best of the music fest season – and at a fraction of the cost of other powerhouses ($5 suggested donation). 


Preliminary 2013 line-ups have been announced and include:


East Empty Bottle Presents

EAST Stage:

Friday, May 31st



Saturday, June 1st

Ariel Pink

Night Moves


Sunday, June 2nd

Gaslamp Killer

Beat Connection



House Call Entertainment/Subterranean 

WEST Stage:

Friday, May 31st

Slim Cessna's Auto Club

Brown Bird



Saturday, June 1st

Tilly and the Wall

He's My Brother She's My Sister



Sunday, June 2nd

Jeff The Brotherhood


Full line-ups to be announced later. 

Be sure to follow us on Facebook & Twitter for updates about fest.

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