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Fest Fridays: Market Days, Retro on Roscoe, Festa Italiana

Fest before it's too late this weekend

August 08, 2012|By Emily Van Zandt | RedEye

As the countdown to the end of summer begins, so does the countdown to the end of fest season. Still haven't been out to one ofChicago'sstreet takeovers this year? This weekend provides the perfect opportunity to get one under your belt as Retro on Roscoe, Northalsted Market Days and Taylor Street Festa Italiana highlight what all good fests have to offer: Local food, art and more music than one stage can handle.

Retro on Roscoe

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

Where: Roscoe Street at Damen Avenue in Roscoe Village

Cost: $10 suggested donation

The details: This fest capitalizes on a '50s and '60s throwback feel through rows of antique vendors and a weekend-long classic car and motorcycle show showcasing more than 50 vintage and muscle cars. The fest area also includes three music stages, featuring performances by Chicago bands 16 Candles, Wedding Banned, Too White Crew and others .Local food vendors such as Turquoise Restaurant, Phil Stefani's, Baba Pita and Thai Classic will be on-hand to keep fest-goers fueled.

Northalsted Market Days

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

Where: Halsted Street from Belmont Avenue to Addison Street in Boystown

Cost: $8 suggested donation

The details: One of the most widely attended summer fests in the city, Market Days transform the already bustling stretch of North Halsted Street into an open-air party complete with more than 40 music acts. This year's lineup includes '70s R&B band The Pointer Sisters as Saturday's headliner and singer Olivia Newton-John as Sunday's headliner. Fans will also likely crowd the stage at 7:15 p.m. Sunday night to see pop duo Karmin, who rose to internet fame for their YouTube covers and recently released a few originals including radio favorite "Brokenhearted." Bars and restaurants along the six-block fest area typically stay open during fest hours, allowing patrons to bounce in and out. Outdoor booths will also feature food from local favorites includingYoshi's Cafe, Chicago Diner, D.S. Tequila Company and more.

Taylor Street Festa Italiana

When: 5-10 p.m. Friday, noon-10 p.m. Saturday, noon-9 p.m. Sunday

Where: Taylor Street between Racine Avenue and Ashland Avenue in Little Italy

Cost: $5 suggested donation

The details: Now in its sixth year, this fest celebrates all thing Italian through food, fashion, music, games and more. In the past, the fest has pulled in more than 50,000 attendees over the course of the weekend, enough to crowd the three stages set up for the occasion. Bands include Italian-American singer Moreno Fruzzetti, restaurant owner/singer Tony Spavone as well as such as '80s and '90s rock cover band Hairbangers Ball and Talking Heads cover group This Must Be The Band. Expect plenty of food options, including booths from Francesca's, Rosebud Restaurants and Salatino's. If you're looking for a more interactive experience, be sure to check out the grape-stomping demonstrations on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., an Italian fashion show on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. and the daily meatball-eating contests.

Upcoming fests:

Northside Summer Fest: Aug. 17-19 in North Center

Boulevard Bash: Aug. 24-26 in Logan Square

Chicago Jazz Fest: Aug. 30-Sept. 2 in Grant Park, Millennium Park

evanzandt@tribune.com | @redeyedrinks

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