Green Music Festival returns to Wicker Park

Chicago's most eco-friendly fest is back for another summer

April 02, 2012|By Katie Karpowicz, for RedEye

If Wicker Park looks a little greener this June, don’t worry. You’re eyesight isn’t failing you. It’s just the return of the Green Music Festival.

The two-day festival will run June 23-24 and will once again pair eco-friendly vendors with eco-conscious consumers.  Green Music Festival is also put on as green-ly as possible—using biodegradable plastic cups and biodiesel generators among other methods that reduce the event’s impact on the environment.

“There’s more means to be green every year, so [the festival] is always growing and changing,” said festival producer Tom Neubauer. “Every year our goal is to learn to be more green.”

Neubauer is an executive producer at Big Creek Productions, the company that works with the West Town and the Wicker Park/Bucktown chambers of commerce to produce the fest each year.  Neubauer has watched the festival grow from a 2,500-person gathering to an event that drew more than 25,000 people last year.

This is not the first year of operation for the Green Music Festival, but it will be the first time the fest has been held in the same location as the previous year. After bouncing around the West Town neighborhood for its first two runs and then moving to the Wicker Park, it appears the festival may have found a permanent home. For the second year in a row, the festival will be held on Damen Ave. between North and Schiller avenues.

The festival’s trademark Eco-Friendly Vendor Village will be back this year full of vendors demonstrating and selling everything from green gadgets for techies to fresh organic food.

Neubauer said there’s also a big push to get the best and most eco-conscious bands that he can for the festival.

“The bands that end up participating in the festival are very much supportive of what the festival is all about,” he said.

This year headliners include Dinosaur Jr. and The Raveonettes and at least 10 more bands will be added to the lineup and split between Green Music Festival’s two stages.

The Green Music Festival takes place June 23 and 24 from noon to 10 p.m. each day. Find it on Damen Ave. between North and Schiller avenues.There is a suggested donation of $5 for all attendees. Visit the festival’s website for more information.

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