Here at ChiIL Mama and ChiIL Live Shows, we've been going to Wicker Park Fest, Chicago’s biggest street festival, since it's inception. With 3 stages, over 40 acclaimed live bands, an arts area, family fun, food and drinks, there's something for everyone. This is one of the best of the Chicago fests, so get on down to Milwaukee Avenue from North Avenue to Paulina Street July 22-24 for Wicker Park Fest's 18th season.
Photos: Local H, NNAMDÏ, Cherry Glazerr, Caroline Rose, The Happy Fits. Courtesy of the artists.
Headlining bands include Chicago’s established rock band Local H, Chicago-based multi-instrumentalist NNAMDÏ, as well as eight national acts such as Cherry Glazerr, Caroline Rose, The Happy Fits, MICHELLE, Y La Bamba, The Spits, Armand Hammer, and Tom the Mail Man. Other highlights from the music lineup include Laura Stevenson, Arin Ray and Cheekface. The free festival with $10 suggested donation benefits the nonprofit Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce. The presenting sponsor for Wicker Park Fest 2022 is Goose Island Beer Company.
The complete lineup and schedule are as follows:
FRIDAY, JULY 22, 5-10 P.M.
08:30 - 10:00 Local H
07:00 - 08:00 The Spits
06:00 - 06:30 Bev Rage & The Drinks
09:00 - 10:00 Y La Bamba
07:45 - 08:30 ÉSSO! Afrojam Funkbeat
06:30 - 07:15 Cheekface
05:15 - 06:00 Dwaal Troupe
09:00 - 10:00 Reggae Gold
07:30 - 09:00 Tukkiman
07:00 - 07:30 DJ Illest
06:00 - 07:00 Ifficial Reggae Movement
05:00 - 06:00 Lady Sol & Friends
SATURDAY, JULY 23, 12-10 P.M.
08:45 - 10:00 The Happy Fits
07:30 - 08:15 Laura Stevenson
06:15 - 07:00 Quasi
05:00 - 05:45 Marina City
03:45 - 04:30 Caracara
02:00 - 02:45 Phoneboy
01:00 - 01:30 Lightleak
12:00 - 12:30 Young Ritual
09:00 - 10:00 Armand Hammer
07:45 - 08:30 Arin Ray
06:30 - 07:15 Gramps The Vamp
05:30 - 06:00 Tom the Mail Man
04:30 - 05:00 Matt Muse
08:45 - 10:00 Future Rootz feat. Daniel Crane
08:00 - 08:45 Mo Mami
07:00 - 07:45 La Reina Cumbia
06:00 - 06:45 Lester Rey
05:00 - 05:45 Bumbac Joe & his Mamakinas
03:00 - 05:00 The Gr8Cypher w/ TheGr8Thinkaz
12:00 - 02:00 School Of Rock Chicago West
SUNDAY, JULY 24, 12-10 P.M.
08:30 - 10:00 Cherry Glazerr
07:00 - 08:00 Caroline Rose
05:45 - 06:30 MICHELLE
04:30 - 05:15 Dante Elephante
03:15 - 04:00 TheGr8Thinkaz
02:15 - 02:45 Emmett Mulrooney
12:00 - 01:45 School Of Rock Chicago
09:00 - 10:00 NNAMDÏ
07:45 - 08:30 Oux
06:30 - 07:15 Mo Lowda & The Humble
05:30 - 06:00 The Brevet
04:30 - 05:00 Stay Outside
07:00 - 10:00 The Hustle
05:00 - 07:00 Duane Powell
03:00 - 05:00 Tommaso Conforti
Other entertainment and special offers at the festival include:
The Arts Area is presented by Wicker Park Bucktown Special Service Area #33 with provoking sculpture installations and interactive art, showcasing unique works from local artists. This year, 3 artworks will be shown: Rainbow Pyramid by John Bannon and Ed Wesly, A Quivering Life (Snared) by Samuel Schwindt, and Studio W.I.P. by Native 312. For more information on the Arts Area and the artists, visit https://www.wickerparkbucktown.com/wpfest/arts-area/.
A $10 donation at the gate benefits the nonprofit Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce, and comes with festival pin perks of receiving more than 20 discounts from festival vendors and businesses in the area. Participating businesses and deals include but are not limited to: Steely Boutique (30% off one item), Transit Tees (free pin or button with any in-store purchase), Kadampa Meditation (50% off one regular drop-in class), Spynergy (3 classes for $60), Liquor Park (10% off entire purchase), One Strange Bird (15% off entire purchase), Burton (20% off full price items), Eco Conscious Technologies (20% off online purchases of Air/Surface Pro/Pro+), Earth Rider Cycling (free pair of bike sock with any purchase), Barry's (free first class), and Ouro Hermetica (free OuroHermetica tea light candle). For more information on the pin perks, visit https://www.wickerparkbucktown.com/wpfest/wpb-pin-perks/.
Food and Drinks
Food vendors at the festival include:
5411 Empanadas: empanadas (truck)
Beat Kitchen on the Riverwalk: tacos, empanadas, pizza, fries, tater tots
Blackhawk BBQ & Seafood: BBQ, carnival & seafood
Donerman: German food (truck)
Genoa Italian Concession: Italian food
Harold’s Chicken: Chicken
Indian Garden Restaurant: Indian food
Island Noodles Chicago: Hawaiian food
Lee Concessions: carnival & Asian food
Seoul Taco: Korean tacos
Suzies Fun Foods: carnival food
Zucci Events & Dining: Mediterranean food
Kids Fest and Family Activities
The Kids Fest, hosted by Burr Elementary and taking place at Wolcott and Milwaukee Avenues, will offer an exclusive area of family programming, including early childhood learning, kids’ mini tennis, science learnings, balloon animals, cookie decorating, kids cooking lessons, and more!