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Lolla isn't the only party rocking August's first weekend

July 31, 2013|By Kate Bernot, @redeyeeatdrink | RedEye

Hold up, hold up. It's AUGUST, dudes. Where did July go? Hopefully in the midst of cookouts, patio partying and bags tournaments, you remembered to score some Lollapalooza tickets before they sold out. This year's lineup is a buffet of diverse musical acts, from The Cure to Lana Del Rey to Nine Inch Nails. And speaking of food, two words: Chow. Town. But if you missed the boat on Lolla passes, don't sweat it. Wrigleyville Summerfest, Edge Fest and Festival Cubano offer plenty of counterprogramming without all the madness of 250,000-plus hot bodies trying to crowdsurf. Whichever fests you choose this weekend, make them count—summer won't last forever. kbernot@tribune.com | @redeyeeatdrink

Lollapalooza

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

Where: Grant Park (337 E. Randolph St.); main entrance is at Michigan Avenue and Congress Parkway; North entrance is at Columbus Drive and Monroe Street. The box office is at Michigan Avenue and E. Van Buren Street.

How much: Sold out.

Don't miss: With more than 31 hours of non-stop music on the weekend docket, which acts to see comes down to your personal preference. Consult our choices for the top local musicians to catch, plus RedEye Soundboard's picks for the must-see and must-skip bands each day. RedEye photographers and reporters will be hanging around the fest all weekend, so follow our dispatches at twitter.com/redeyechicago/lolla-2013. Oh, and we're on Instagram, too, at @redeyechicago. Pro-tip: Don't forget to fully charge your phone before heading to Lolla. Trust us on this one.

Mini-detours: Good luck getting in to any of the bars, restaurants or even Starbucks bathrooms within a mile of Grant Park this weekend. Instead, plan strategically and fuel up before you hit the park. Hop off the Red Line at Grand and walk south to Hubbard Street to grab some doughnuts to-go from the new Glazed and Infused walk-up window (30 E. Hubbard St.), or, if you're coming from the Blue Line, disembark at Washington and score a half dozen from Do-Rite Donuts (50 W. Randolph St.). Need a full breakfast? Eggy's quasi-hidden location at 333 E. Benton Place might mean it'll be less mobbed than other downtown spots.

Edge Fest

When: Noon-10 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday

Where: 5900 N. Broadway

How much: $5 suggested donation

Don't miss: This Edgewater fest is back for a second year with two stages of live music, including '80s cover band 16 Candles (7 p.m. Sunday) and party rockers Rodd Tuffcurls and the Bench Press (5 p.m. Saturday). Think you have some pipes of your own? Karaoke goes down on the South Stage at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday. Vendors have your street food fix covered with snacks such as corn dogs, sweet plantains, crab cakes and bacon doughnuts available for purchase.

Mini-detours: Frozen custard—with dozens of candy toppings—awaits just a bit north at Lickity Split (6056 N. Broadway). For well-priced craft beers and bar food, keep walking north to Bar63 (6341 N. Broadway), which took over the former Hamilton's space earlier this year.

Wrigleyville Summerfest

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

Where: Seminary Avenue between Roscoe and School streets

How much: $5 suggested donation

Don't miss: Wrigleyville never needs an excuse to party, but if you want to take the party from Clark Street to, well, another street, catch the lineup of performers including fest staple Too White Crew (8 p.m. Saturday) and dance band Hey Jimmy (4 p.m. Sunday). Expect a family-friendly atmosphere during the day—there is a kids' area, after all—with the more festive crowds arriving later.

Mini-detours: Feel good about downing a post-fest burger at Indie Burger (1034 W. Belmont Ave.), where the patties are made from organic grass-fed beef. Wash it down with one of 35-plus beers on draft at Belmont Pour House (1113. W. Belmont Ave.), the tavern that replaced Cuna Sports Lounge earlier this summer. If you're heading north from the fest, pop in to iconic and delightfully divey Lakeview bar Nisei Lounge (3439 N. Sheffield Ave.).

Festival Cubano

When: 3-10 p.m Friday; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Where: Riis Park (6100 W. Fullerton Ave.)

How much: $7 before 5 p.m.; $10 after 5 p.m.

Don't miss: The fourth annual festival expands to include a third day this year. Friday's festivities revolve around a "History of House Music" theme, while Saturday and Sunday focus on salsa, Latin and other dance-friendly music with performances by Alfredo de la Fe (7 p.m. Saturday), Hector Silveira Y Su Orquesta (5 p.m. Sunday) and more.

UPCOMING FESTS

Aug. 9-11: Ginza Festival – Old Town; Aug. 10-11: Chicago Korean Fest – Hollywood Park; Aug. 10-11: Northalsted Market Days – Lakeview; Aug. 10-11: Retro on Roscoe – Roscoe Village; Aug. 10: Bud Billiken Parade and Picnic – Washington Park

Click for RedEye's full summer festival schedule.

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