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Fest Fridays: Edge Fest, Wrigleyville Summerfest and more

The lowdown on this weekend's top festivals

  • Fest-ers throw back a couple drinks at 2009's Wrigleyville Summerfest
Fest-ers throw back a couple drinks at 2009's Wrigleyville Summerfest (Chuan D. Vo )
August 02, 2012|By Harry Huggins | RedEye

You may have heard about one of the festivals happening in Chicago this weekend: a small, obscure series of concerts called Lollapalooza. But for those who missed the few minutes of ticket availability, you're not out of luck. There are plenty of other opportunities to get your groove on elsewhere with Wrigleyville Summerfest, Edge Fest and Festival Cubano.

Edge Fest

When: 12 p.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday

Where: 5900 N. Broadway at Thorndale Avenue in Edgewater

Cost: $5 suggested donation

Why you're going: You love cover bands as much as you hate your cholesterol. With This Must Be the Band (a Talking Heads tribute band) and Too White Crew (an old-school hip-hop tribute group) on Saturday and '80s cover band 16 Candles on Sunday, you'll be able to sing along to every song all weekend long, whether the people around you appreciate it or not. Meanwhile, you'll be clogging your arteries with bacon-themed offerings from Edgewater restaurants, including Broadway Cellars' Elvis ice cream sandwich (peanut butter cookies with banana ice cream and bacon bits), Dumpling House's bacon shish kabob and Genoa's cheese-and-bacon chips.

Wrigleyville Summerfest

When: 12 p.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday

Where: 3300 N. Seminary Ave. at School St. in Wrigleyville

Cost: $5 suggested donation

Why you're going: Because it's Wrigley, dude! You remember when Dave Matthews Band killed it at Wrigley and this will be just like that—only outside the field and with DMB cover band Trippin Billies playing Sunday night. Or maybe you just want to sing in front of random drunk strangers with karaoke courtesy of Trader Todd's. And there's more: Mad Science, Sanctified Grumblers, the Dan Harvey Band and Dot Dot Dot (all playing Saturday) are on the schedule, as well as classic cover band Mike and Joe. AH Catering will serve empanadas and arepas, but don't forget Baba Pita's kabobs and falafel.

Festival Cubano

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

Where: Riis Park, Fullerton and Narragansett avenues in Belmont Central

Cost: $5 pre-order one-day, $8 pre-order two-day, $10 at the door

Why you're going: You live for all things Cuban. You're not afraid to embarrass yourself with the free mambo and salsa dance lessons, or you're ready to groove in the festival's salsa contest. The food should be a pretty big draw too, with mostly Cuban and Caribbean fare such as roast pork and Cuban-style rice. But let's be honest, you're really going for the music. Salsa, timba, mambo, Cuban pop, Spanglish rap and house music are all represented at this fest. Headliners include Issac Delgado, Jose Alberto "El Canario," Celia Cruz All Stars and Tito Puente, Jr.

Lollapalooza

When: 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday-Sunday

Where: Grant Park

Cost: Sold out

What you're eating: You already have every minute of every day planned so you don't miss any of your favorite acts, but don't forget the food. This musical marathon requires as much energy as a real marathon, and the granola bars you shoved in your bag won't cut it. Hit up The Smoke Daddy's stand for pulled pork sandwiches and homemade barbecue chips for lunch and the Suzy's Samosa booth for butter chicken with mint-jalapeno chutney made by Season 2 "MasterChef" winner Suzy Singh. Then, find room for the Pork of July hot dog from Franks 'N' Dawgs, made with pork sausage and topped with pulled pork and coleslaw. If you're a burger and/or Black Sabbath fanatic, hit up the Kuma's Corner booth to devour the Iron Man cheeseburger or the Hand of Doom pepper-jack burger.

Harry Huggins is a RedEye intern. redeye@tribune.com | @redeyechicago

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