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Fest Fridays: West Fest, arts and more

July 06, 2012|By Emily Van Zandt | RedEye

You may still be picking red, white, and blue confetti out of your hair, but there's no rest during fest season. Think of this weekend as a continuation of your Fourth of July holiday and keep the celebration going, whether you're grabbing some grub at Rock Around the Block, checking out the booths at Lincoln Park Arts Fest or singing along at West Fest.

West Fest

Where: Chicago Avenue between Damen Avenue and Wood Street

When: Noon-10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Cost: $5 suggested donation

On the bill: Join about 50,000 of your closest friends for two days of music. West Fest draws bigger band names than most fests, so no complaining about that $5 donation. Big acts this year include The Black Lips, Mates of State, Crooked Fingers, Bad Veins and Flosstradamus. Check out westfestchicago.com for a full schedule.

Lincoln Park Arts Fest

Where: Racine Avenue between Fullerton Avenue and Webster Avenue

When: Noon-10 p.m. Saturday, noon-9 p.m. Sunday

Cost: $5 suggested donation

On the bill: Works from nearly 80 artists will be on display throughout the weekend at this art-focused fest. Don't feel like browsing? The music lineup includes Saturday headliners Sister Hazel, the alt-rock band best known for their '90s hit "All For You." Look it up, you remember the one. And if you're in charge of little ones for the weekend, you're in luck: A separate kids area will include pint-sized craft booths and a bounce house or two.

Lakeview Rock Around the Block

Where: North Lincoln Avenue at Belmont Avenue

When: Noon-10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Cost:$5 suggested donation

On the bill: This fest has all the basics covered: Chicago cover bands Guns 4 Roses, 16 Candles and Wedding banned are all scheduled for sets at the fest's two music stages. Food, drinks, crafts and games for the kiddos will abound. If you're can't do another weekend battling crowds, upgrade to VIP status for an extra $25 donation. VIPs gain access to the "Star Lounge," which features a separate seating area and restrooms along with three free beers and bottled water.

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