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.
Festival photo credit: REP3.com
West Town Art Walk
October 6th & 7th, 2017
Friday 5pm-8pm (After Parties from 8pm-10pm)
on Chicago Avenue between Milwaukee & Hoyne
Visit www.westtownartwalk.com for more information.
Art in all forms and food trucks will be abundant in West Town the weekend of October 6th and 7th when the West Town Art Walk marries up with the West Town Food Truck Social for a second consecutive year. 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.
The 7th annual 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 6th & 7th, 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 for the second year to create a one-of-a-kind neighborhood wide food and art festival, October 6th & 7th 2017. 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.
Patrons may choose to purchase the $20 Sampler Ticket in advance or at the event (quantities limited) which will be comprised of six individual tickets that can be used to purchase a sample size tasting portion from the participating food trucks onsite. Food trucks will offer tasting size samples of their regular menu favorites. The food trucks will also feature their full regular sized food and beverage menu items available for individual cash purchase.
West Town, Wicker Park & Bucktown Trick or Treat
October 31st 2017
Trick or Treat at Over 35 businesses!
West Town Winterfest
December 9, 2017
West Town WinterFest rolls through the hood from noon to 6 pm offering a winter wonderland experience for families, couples and friends alike (#ShopWestTown, #WestTownWinterFest). Organized by the West Town Chamber of Commerce, WinterFest 2017 proudly boasts an array of exciting new activities along with returning favorites. This year, in addition to many of the area’s favorite independent shops interconnected via Jolly Trolley, there will be a new guided shopping tour, a pop-up holiday market, family activities, WinterFest Bucks, and a new “Naughty List” After Party.
During the day, WinterFesters are invited to use their official WinterFest Tour Guide to "Shop the Blocks" of West Town. Over 30 participating indie stores will show off their spirit, with great deals on unique items, special promotions, trunk sales, treats, holiday wares, a pop-up holiday market with handmade goods and hand-on family fun crafts along the way. WinterFesters can collect Winterfest Bucks as they shop whereas the more they spend, the more they earn. For every $40 spent at a participating retailer they will earn $20 in Winterfest Gift Certificates to be used in 2017. West Town Winterfest Holiday Shopping Guides can be picked up at any participating location.
Those who prefer to cruise in chauffeured style can hop on the West Town Winterfest Guided Jolly Trolley tour and enjoy Winterfest without the walking. The guided tour lasts three hours, features all of the same participating shopping haunts with several "Shop the Block" stops, and provides a "checked shopping bag" service so shoppers don't have to worry about gifts during the day. To cap it off, everyone who purchases a $10 Jolly Trolley ticket will automatically receive a $20 WinterFest Gift Certificate (WinterFest Bucks) to get them started.
More info and links to tickets TBA.
Do Division Street Fest & Sidewalk Sale
June 1st, 2nd & 3rd 2018
12-10pm Saturday & Sunday
on Division Street at Damen
Visit www.do-divisionstreetfest.com for more information and vendor applications.
Chicago’s quintessential summer street festival is also one of the first of the season. Now in its 12th year, Do Division Street Fest & Sidewalk Sale 2018 kicks off June 1 – 3, promising the return of over 10 blocks 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 a multi-block sidewalk sale, crafts, artisans and plenty of ice cold 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 – and at only $5 it’s one of the least expensive too. 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.
July 6th, 7th & 8th 2018
Saturday & Sunday 12-10pm
on Chicago Avenue at Damen
Visit www.westfestchicago.com for more information.
When it debuted 14 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 2018 returns to one of today's “hottest neighborhoods” in the country (per). 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.
Renegade Craft Fair
September 8th & 9th 2018
Saturday & Sunday, 11am-7pm
on Division Street between Damen and Paulina
Visit www.renegadecraft.com for more information
Renegade Craft Fair is the world's largest curated showcase of independent craft and design. Renegade is a celebration of creative spirit and for each Fair gathers emergent and seasoned independent makers alike. 2018 will mark Renegade's 16th year in their hometown of Chicago! This Fair will be held outdoors rain or shine, and is free to attend.
Dancing In The Streets
September 29th & 30th 2018
NEW Event on Hubbard Street at On Tour Brewing!
Saturday & Sunday, 12pm-10pm
on Hubbard St. between Wood and Paulina / 1725 W. Hubbard
Live music, dancing, local food and retail vendors; plus craft beer by On Tour Brewing.
Website & More Details TBA
Superior Design Harvest
October 13th & 14th 2018
NEW! On Superior Street and at the Superior Street Center for the Arts 2744 W. Superior St.
Saturday & Sunday, 12pm-10pm
Local West Town retail designers and vintage showcase with live music and food trucks.
Website / More Details TBA