Fest planner: Do-Division, Maifest, Lincoln Avenue Live and more

German food? Local bands? Fashion? Take your pick from a packed fest line-up

  • Bands and fashion are on the docket for this summer's Do-Division fest.
Bands and fashion are on the docket for this summer's Do-Division… (Brock Brake/ For RedEye )
May 28, 2013|By Kate Bernot, @redeyeeatdrink | RedEye

This is the kind of fest weekend Chicago loves. Maifest, Do-Division, Lincoln Avenue Live and more bring a little something for everyone, from pretzels and PBR to bands and boutiques. 'Hoods are well represented too, with parties going on in Lincoln Square, Lincoln Park, Wicker Park/Ukrainian Village and the South Loop, to name just a few. There's enough art, live music, sausage and beer to fill a whole weekend, and with some judicious planning, you might even be able to hit up two or three fests—just stay hydrated. kbernot@tribune.com @redeyeatdrink

Do-Division Street Fest & Sidewalk Sale

Where: Division Street between Ashland Avenue and Leavitt Street (sidewalk sale) and Division Street between Damen Avenue and Leavitt Street (festival)

When: 5-10 p.m. Friday; noon-10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

How much: A $5 suggested donation for the festival portion; Sidewalk sale is free

Don't miss: Local music is the main attraction on this hip strip that divides Wicker Park from Ukrainian Village. I'd bookmark Disappears (Friday, 8:30 p.m.), Archie Powell & The Exports (Saturday, 6:15 p.m.) and Bailiff (Sunday, 7:30 p.m.) New this year is Do-Fashion, a fest-within-a-fest featuring pop-up sales and runway shows from area boutiques such as Le Dress, Trillium and Beadniks. And because Coors, Leinenkugel's, The Boundary, SmallBar and Smoke Daddy all are sponsors of the fest, your beer and barbecue needs won't go unmet.

Mini-detours: There are plenty of popular bars and restaurants along Division Street, but hop just a few blocks off the beaten path to check out some of West Town's most charming dives, such as Happy Village (1059 N. Wolcott Ave.), The Inner Town Pub (1935 W. Thomas St.) and Club Foot (1824 W. Augusta Boulevard).

Maifest Chicago

Where: Lincoln Square, 4700 N. Lincoln Ave. (at Leland Avenue)

When: 5-11 p.m. Friday; noon-11 p.m. Saturday; noon-10 p.m. Sunday

How much: Free to attend

Don't miss: Just like everyone is Irish on St. Patrick's Day, we all can claim a little bit of German heritage at Maifest. Mostly, that means drinking from plastic steins of Hofbrau beer, snacking on huge pretzels and leberkase (Bavarian meatloaf) and saying "Prost!" a lot. If for some reason you have a dirndl or German soccer jersey in your closet, this is the time to dust it off.

Mini-detours: Though Rainbow Cuisine (4825 N. Western Ave.) isn't a new restaurant, there's been lots of recent buzz from hard-core Thai food fans for its Thai-language menu, which contains more authentic—and spicier—dishes than the main menu. Nearby Isla Pilipina (2501 W. Lawrence Ave.) is an excellent bet for Filipino food such as fried chicken with banana ketchup.

Lincoln Avenue Live

Where: Lincoln Avenue between Belden and Webster streets

When: Noon-9:30 p.m. Saturday; noon-9 p.m. Sunday

How much: $5 suggested donation

Don't miss: One stage offers up live music from cover band favorites 16 Candles (6:50 p.m. Sunday) and Wedding Banned (8:30 p.m. Saturday), while a second stage is devoted to DJ acts. Local food and drinks are the focus, with coming-soon-to-Chicago brewery Lagunitas supplying the beers for sale and Moe's Cantina mixing up sangria.

Mini-detours: You're not going to be the only person looking to dig into one of the city's favorite burgers—or one of the glorious Nutella milkshakes—at Edzo's Burger Shop (2218 N. Lincoln Ave.), so consider arriving close to the shop's 10:30 a.m. opening time. If pizza speaks to you, grab a to-go East Coast-style slice from Armitage Pizzeria (711 W. Armitage Ave.).

Millennium Art Festival

Where: Michigan Avenue at Lake Street, just north of Millennium Park

When: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

How much: Free to attend

Don't miss: Artwork including sculpture, painting and jewelry from more than 130 artists will be on display in booths, and live music and fest food for sale also are also in the plans.

Fashion in the Street

Where: Intersection of Dearborn and Polk streets

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

How much: $5 suggested donation

Don't miss: Collections from labels such as Barbara Bates, J. Toor and E. Kaye Collection will strut down a 100-foot runway, while bands and DJs provide the music as you check out fashion from local boutiques and designers.

57th Street Art Fair

Where: 57th Street between Kenwood and Kimbark avenues

When: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday

How much: Free to attend

Don't miss: More than 200 artists exhibit their paintings, sculpture, photography and jewelry along this Hyde Park street. Food will be available for purchase, but note that the entire event is alcohol-free.

Upcoming Fests: June 6-9: Chicago Blues Fest (Loop), June 7-9: Ribfest Chicago (North Center), June 7-9: Midsommarfest (Andersonville), June 8-9: Bellwether Chicago (West Town), June 8-9: Printers Row Lit Festival (Loop), June 8-9: Old Town Art Fair (Old Town), June 8-9: Wells Street Art Festival (Old Town)

See the full summer fest calendar here.

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