Wicker Park Fest 2015

July 25-26 from 12pm - 10pm
Milwaukee Avenue Between North Avenue and Paulina Street



Dates: July 25 - 26  2015

Location: Milwaukee Ave b/w North and Paulina

Cost: $5 Donation

Hours: noon to 10 pm both days


Returning to Milwaukee Avenue July 25 and 26, this year's street fest is being fueled by Lagunitas Brewing Company and Wild Turkey® Bourbon.  

This year's event presents three stages of continuous live music, a dedicated children's fun area, an arts section with installation and performance acts, dozens of the most popular local boutiques and restaurants, and environmentally-friendly production efforts.  To top it off, the $5 suggested donation for admittance continues to make Wicker Park Fest the steal of the summer event season.      


Wicker Park Fest Arts:

Wicker Park Fest Arts is a section within Wicker Park Fest dedicated to unique and inspired works from some of the most talented local artists and arts organizations.  Located in the middle of the action on Milwaukee, Wicker Park Fest Arts features visually-compelling performance and installation artworks, including Wicker Park's acclaimed Out of Site, which has been bringing cultural experiences to everyone in Wicker Park through interactive public performances during the last five summers.  This year, Out of Site will launch its annual summer series with three performances at Wicker Park Fest on July 25.  Among the Out of Site performers at Wicker Park Fest, will be Sheryl Oring bringing her nationally recognized piece "I Wish To Say," which invites the public to write letters to the president. Plus, Ballenarca is a giant whale that tours as both a puppet performance and immersive, interactive sculpture. Also performing is Duff Norris' "The Wisdom Box" taking an on-the-street interview approach to performance art.


The Wild Turkey® #Nevertamed Bourbon Tour

The 360-degree "distillery on wheels" which is educating and entertaining Bourbon lovers across the United States is making a pit stop at Wicker Park Fest for the weekend.  Whiskey lovers of legal drinking age can immerse themselves in a bus-sized replica of the famed Wild Turkey® Visitor Center in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky. The 50-foot bus offers a behind-the-scenes glimpse into what makes Wild Turkey®  such an iconic American brand - from its history and place along the Bourbon Trail to the people and products who have catapulted it to global stature and success.


The #Nevertamed Bourbon Tour also offers a well-deserved respite in the mobile bar & lounge featuring signature Old Fashioned cocktails. And, in the tasting room, visitors may sample a variety of Wild Turkey's many award-winning whiskies while learning the complexities behind taste, smell, color and maturation from the experts.


Wild Turkey After-Party

Umami Burger at 1480 N. Milwaukee will host the official Wicker Park Fest After-Party on both Saturday and Sunday. A relative new-comer to the Wicker Park neighborhood, Umami Burger is proud to host this year's official after-party. Umami Burger's menu features signature burgers and sides, purposefully designed by culinary innovators to maximize the flavor of umami (the fifth taste).  Local craft beers, wine, and creative cocktails will be served until 2am, and the restaurant will feature its own lineup of live music, included below.


Fest-goers are invited to stop in to check out the space, which highlights artwork by local artist Jake Merten, that brings the five tastes (salty, sour, sweet, bitter, and umami) to life.


Saturday 7/25/15:

11:30-2:30pm- Justin Griffin

3pm-6pm- Chris Moran

6:30pm-9:30pm- Johnny Alleto

10pm-1am- Jeff Abruzino


Sunday 7/26/15:

12-3:30pm- Griffin Crowder

4pm-7:30pm- Chris James

8pm-11:30pm- Andy Mead 


Live Music: 

Above all, Wicker Park Fest features live music of the highest quality. Subterranean has been curating the festival for the last 12 years. Since 2014, Subterranean has worked closely with two agencies that are also based in Wicker Park, Windish and Flower, to curate the three stages.  The full weekend lineup is as follows: 




North Stage

8:30 - 10:00 Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires

7:15 - 8:00 We Were Promised Jetpacks

6:00 - 6:45 The O'My's

4:45 - 5:30 Krill

3:30 - 4:15 Rozwell Kid

2:15 - 3:00 Big Ups

1:00 - 1:45 LVL Up


Center Stage

8:45 - 10:00 White Fence

7:30 - 8:15 Happyness

6:15 - 7:00 Heaters

5:15 - 5:45 Yoko & The Oh No's


South Stage

9:00 - 10:00 Blonde Redhead

7:45 - 8:30 Jacuzzi Boys

6:30 - 7:15 In Tall Buildings

5:15 - 6:00 Open Mike Eagle

4:00 - 4:45 Beverly

3:00 - 3:30 American Wrestlers




North Stage

9:00 - 10:00 Deafheaven

7:45 - 8:30 Pianos Become the Teeth

6:30 - 7:15 Spitalfield

5:15 - 6:00 ShowYouSuck

4:00 - 4:45 Restorations

2:45 - 3:30 Rad Payoff

1:30 - 2:15 Made Violent


Center Stage

8:45 - 10:00 The Soil & The Sun

7:30 - 8:15 Empires

6:15 - 7:00 Delicate Steve

5:15 - 5:45 Oshwa


South Stage

8:30 - 10:00 Veruca Salt

7:15 - 8:00 This Will Destroy You

6:00 - 6:45 The Life & Times

4:45 - 5:30 The Velvet Teen

3:30 - 4:15 Lazyeyes

2:15 - 3:00 Charly Bliss

12:15 - 1:45 School of Rock Allstars


Wicker Park Fest Kids:

Wicker Park is one of the most family-friendly neighborhoods in Chicago.  So it's no surprise that the neighborhood event of the year, Wicker Park Fest, is also home to one of the summer's top kids fests within a fest. Wicker Park Fest Kids offers a wide variety of family programming from noon to 6 pm both days.Wicker Park Fest Kids' proceeds benefit Jonathan Burr Elementary and is sponsored in part by WPB SSA #33 and Children's Learning Place.   


2015 Wicker Park Fest Kids activities include:

  • Kids Fest Stage with kids' favorites like Mary Macaroni, Ben the Bubble Guy, Fitzgerald's Martial Arts, Mr. Pickle, Mad Science and Taiko drumming
  • Face & nail painting 
  • Hair streaking
  • Henna tattoos 
  • Cookie decorating 
  • Balloon art
  • Bounce houses
  • Bungie Run
  • Interactive science activities
  • Children's vendors from Children's Learning Place
  • Crafts with One Strange Bird 
  • Children's cooking with Kids Table
  • Instrumental workshops where kids can build their own instruments out of recycled materials

Fine Print: 
Wicker Park Fest is held on Milwaukee Avenue between North Avenue and Paulina, easily accessible by the Blue Line and just minutes from downtown Chicago. Event hours are 12:00 noon - 10:00 p.m. on July 25 & 26 and the gate donation is $5.  Gate donations are put towards yearly festival production by the Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce, a local nonprofit which works to increase the neighborhood's visibility & viability with great events & programming that promote the local business community. The Chamber also partners with Burr Elementary, which receives 100% of ticket sales from activities in the Kids Fest area.  Free bike parking will be available at the Honore gate.  Well-behaved dogs on leashes are permitted.

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Posted on 27-May-2012 09:09 PM5 out of 5 stars
Do we need to buy tickets separately to see the bands such as Kill Hannah at the fest ??? :)
Posted on 27-May-2012 09:18 PM5 out of 5 stars
No. You sure don't. Your $5 donation gets you in to see everyone. Best deal in town. We'll see ya there.