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Fest planner: July 26-28

Ted Leo, Cults, Team Bayside High and more rock your weekend

  • A solid music lineup comes to this year's Wicker Park Fest.
A solid music lineup comes to this year's Wicker Park Fest. (Chuan D. Vo/For RedEye )
July 22, 2013|By Kate Bernot, @redeyeeatdrink, RedEye | RedEye

Didn't get enough at Pitchfork, greedy music fans? Clear your schedule for a second weekend in a row, because smaller neighborhoods fests bring the noise this weekend. Stellar acts Ted Leo and the Pharmacists and Cults rock Wicker Park Fest, while Shiny Toy Guns (performing a DJ set) and Team Bayside High perform at Taste of Lincoln Avenue. Head to Pilsen's Fiesta del Sol for house music and plenty of food, or to Jefferson Park's Jeff Fest for craft beer. Cheap music and plenty of fest food—you know what to do. kbernot@tribune.com @redeyeeatdrink

Wicker Park Fest

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

Where: Milwaukee Avenue between North Avenue and Paulina Street

How much: $5 suggested donation

Don't miss: Hold on to your Warby Parkers, because this three-stage lineup will have you dancing. Catch sets by dreamy Canadian guitarist Bahamas (7:45 p.m. Saturday), indie poppers Cults (8:45 p.m. Saturday), surrealist marching band Mucca Pazza (8:45 p.m. Sunday) and the multitalented Ted Leo and the Pharmacists (8:45 p.m. Sunday). When you need a break, check out the installations and other artwork in the Arts Area.

Mini-detours: Don't kid yourself into thinking you'll get a table on Big Star's patio this weekend. Tacos (and one heck of a daiquiri) still are in reach at Takito Kitchen (2013 W. Division St.), or try to snag a seat for drinks and Asian-inspired eats on the spacious patio at recently opened Mott St (1401 N. Ashland Ave.).

Jeff Fest

When: 6-11 p.m. Friday; noon-11 p.m. Saturday; noon-10 p.m. Sunday

Where: Jefferson Memorial Park, 4822 N. Long Ave.

How much: $5 per person; $7 after 5 p.m.

Don't miss: Like a bigger version of a block party, this neighborhood fest draws Jefferson Park locals with the always-satisfying combo of music, beer and food. The music—from soul to alternative rock to folky pop—provides a backdrop for eating, courtesy of food trucks including Curried and Chubby Wieners, plus above-average beers such as newly relaunched Berghoff brews, 5 Rabbit 5 Lizard witbier, Stiegl Grapefruit Radler and Founders All Day IPA.

Mini-detours: While you're in Jefferson Park, pick up a few of the European goodies at Delightful Pastries (5927 W. Lawrence Ave.), a charming institution of a bakery that also has a stand in the Chicago French Market. Bigger appetites can head straight for the ribs at Gale Street Inn (4914 N. Milwaukee Ave.).

Fiesta del Sol

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

Where: 1400 W. Cermak Road (at South Loomis Street)

How much: Free admission; $60 mega-passes available online and on-site include unlimited carnival rides

Don't miss: One of the city's largest fests, this four-day Pilsen bash annually draws approximately a million visitors across four days. Bounce to diverse musical acts and house music DJs across three stages, check out booths from Latino-focused resources and organizations, and of course, eat all of the churros, tacos, hot dogs and funnel cakes in sight.

Mini-detours: Wander a few blocks pre- or post-fest to 18th Street, one of Pilsen's main drags, for a whirlwind tasting tour that could include stops for lollipop-style "little hotties" wings at Take Me Out (1502 W. 18th St.), a bacchanalian feast of pork at Carnitas don Pedro (1113 W. 18th St.) and some cold craft beers in the historic Harbee Liquors & Tavern (1345 W. 18th St.).

Taste of Lincoln Avenue

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

Where: Lincoln Avenue between Fullerton Avenue and Wrightwood Avenue

How much: $10 suggested donation

Don't miss: Though it has "taste" in the name, this long-running Lincoln Park fest really is about the music—with a healthy dose of beer thrown in. New this year, Headquarters Beercade sponsors an arcade area with free games and craft beers for purchase. Grab a cold one before nodding along to a DJ set by Shiny Toy Guns (9 p.m. Sunday) and a performance by Dave Davies of The Kinks (8:30 p.m. Sunday) among others.

Uptown Summer Festival

When: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday

Where: Boys & Girls Club of America, 4835 N. Sheridan Road

How much: Free admission

Don't miss: Game shows, an open mic, a "Fear Factor"-type eating presentation and other family-friendly performances are on the docket for this one-day-only event hosted by the Illinois Vietnamese Student Union. Purchase tickets on-site and redeem them for food and drinks.

Upcoming fests: Aug. 2-4: Lollapalooza (Grant Park); Aug 3-4: Edge Fest (Edgewater), Wrigleyville Summerfest (Lakeview)

See RedEye's full summer fest weekend planner at redeyechicago.com/fests.

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