Mark your calendars! The West Town Chicago Chamber of Commerce produces a number of special events throughout the year to promote the chamber, the West Town commercial districts, to foster economic development, and provide area wide marketing. Funds raised at these events supplement the chamber’s operating budget and benefit specific commercial corridors, local schools, parks, and other local non-profits.
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Renegade Craft Chicago
September 8th & 9th 2018
Saturday & Sunday, 11am-6pm
on Division Street between Damen and Paulina
Visit www.renegadecraft.com for more information
Renegade Craft Chicago is the world's largest curated showcase of independent craft and design. Renegade is a celebration of creative spirit and for each event gathers emergent and seasoned independent makers alike. 2018 will mark Renegade's 16th year in their hometown of Chicago! This event will be held outdoors rain or shine, and is free to attend.
West Town Art Walk
October 5th & 6th, 2018
Friday 5pm-8pm (After Parties from 8pm-10pm)
on Chicago Avenue between Milwaukee & Hoyne
Visit www.westtownartwalk.com for more information.
Located along the booming Chicago Avenue destination corridor, West Town Art Walk and West Town Food Truck Social will provide strollers with a curated selection of original art through every door as well as some of Chicago’s most popular mobile eats.
West Town Art Walk celebrates art in all forms – visual, musical, performance, culinary, fashion – along Chicago Avenue (between Milwaukee Ave and Western Ave) while the West Town Food Truck Social (on Noble St between Chicago and Chestnut) is a celebration of Chicago’s diverse mobile food kitchens. During this free Friday and Saturday event, attendees can enjoy whatever art forms they like most from over 35 West Town shops, businesses, restaurants, and galleries while experiencing street cuisine from over 12 food trucks.
West Town Food Truck Social
October 5th & 6th, 2017
Friday 4pm - 10pm
Saturday 11am - 10pm
on Noble St between Chicago Ave & Chestnut St. (800-900 N Noble)
The popular Food Truck Social brand is marrying up with the West Town Art Walk to create a one-of-a-kind neighborhood wide food and art festival, October 5th & 6th 2018. Located in the heart of West Town along the bustling Chicago Avenue corridor, West Town Food Truck Social & West Town Art Walk is presented by the West Town Chamber of Commerce – the driving force behind hallmark festivals like West Fest and Do Division Street Fest. The dual event gives guests a taste of some of Chicago’s best mobile eats with a side of Chicago’s most tantalizing original art.
Organizers are encouraging participants to “snack-n-stroll” through West Town.
West Town Food Truck Social will feature over 12 Food Trucks shelling out all of their specialties – from lobster rolls to jerk chicken to empanadas, donuts and pierogi. Maps for the West Town Art Walk will be available at the Food Truck Social Info Tent at the corner of Chicago Avenue and Noble Street and patrons can "snack-n-stroll" to discover great local artists, neighborhood retailers, restaurants, a public art installation walking tour, live art making and more.
West Town, Wicker Park & Bucktown Trick or Treat
October 31st 2018
on Halloween 3pm-6pm
Trick or Treat at Over 35 businesses!
West Town Winterfest
December 8, 2018
Join us Saturday, December 8th from NOON-6:00pm for West Town Winterfest.
We invite you to "Shop the Blocks" of West Town as local stores show off their spirit this holiday shopping season as you follow the Winterfest shopping guide through the neighborhood. Participating retailers will feature one of a kind items, special promotions, trunk sales, and other holiday wares.
Collect Winterfest bucks as you shop, the more you spend, the more you earn - for every $40 spent at a participating retailer you earn $20 in Winterfest Gift Certificates to be used to ring in the 2019 New Year.
Hop on the West Town Winterfest guided Jolly Trolley tour and enjoy Winterfest without the walking. The guided tour lasts 3 hours, features all of the shopping blocks and provides a "checked shopping bag" service so you don't have to worry about your gifts while you shop. Receive a $20 Gift Certificate when you purchase a $10 Jolly Trolley ticket. Limit 1 per store, 5 per person.
Collect holiday stickers as you shop West Town and enter to win raffle prizes from participating locations in the neighborhood.
West Town Winterfest Holiday Shopping Guides can be picked up at any of the participating locations, there is no wrong way to Shop West Town this holiday season!
Non Jolly Trolley riders can pick up the Shopping Guides at any participating location and are encouraged to visit each store as they "shop the blocks." As participants explore West Town and visit each location they may pick up 1 sticker from each location they visit, visiting 50% of the locations and collecting stickers will enter them into a raffle for a chance to win gifts from a participating business. Drop off the stickered maps at the WTCC office (1819 W. Chicago Ave. 60622) in the mailbox, OR mail their maps in.
Do Division Street Fest
May 31, June 1 & 2 2019
12-10pm Saturday & Sunday
on Division Street between Damen and Leavitt
Visit www.do-divisionstreetfest.com for more information.
Chicago’s quintessential summer street festival is also one of the first of the season. Now in its 13th year, Do Division Street Fest 2019 kicks off May 31 – June 2, promising the return of local food, shopping, art and live tunes. This year’s blacktop bash includes two fests-within-a-fest; Family Fun Fest and Do Fashion Fest, in addition to crafts, artisans and plenty of ice cold Goose Island beer. The highlight of the three-day mêlée is the live music programmed by iconic Chicago venues, Subterranean and Empty Bottle Presents. Music critics and fans alike usually rate the lineup among the best of fest season. Do Division Street Fest gives attendees each year a taste of what makes West Division Street one of the coolest destination corridors in the city! A percentage of proceeds benefit the West Town Chamber of Commerce and local schools including Friends of Pritzker and LaSalle II PTO.
2019 Dates TBA
Saturday & Sunday 12-10pm
on Chicago Avenue at Damen
Visit www.westfestchicago.com for more information.
When it debuted 15 years ago, West Town's little fest that could was a reflection of the vibrant up-and-coming neighborhood for the few thousand who turned out. Today, massive crowds turn out to celebrate all of the best of the local hood in addition to some of the most highly-anticipated live music of the summer season. Hailed as one of the top festivals in the city and suburbs by the Chicago Tribune, West Fest 2019 returns to one of today's “hottest neighborhoods” in the country!
As always, West Fest will feature critically-acclaimed live music on two stages (plus a third family-friendly stage) programmed by West Town's nationally-renowned live music venue, Empty Bottle Presents. The annual street fest also features a popular Chicago House DJ stage, West Town's most popular boutiques and restaurants, Pet Fest with dog activities for charity, and Kid Fest – the family fun area. A percentage of proceeds benefit local non-profits including the West Town Chamber of Commerce and Talcott Fine Arts and Museum Academy.
Chicago Brewing District's Dancing in the Streets
2019 Dates TBA
Chicago Brewing District's Dancing in the Streets
on Hubbard St. between Wood and Paulina
Live music, jam bands, dancing, local food and retail vendors; plus craft beer by local brewers in Chicago Craft Brewers District.