Andersonville’s Midsommarfest: A Taste of the Other Chicago Festival

Older than the Chicago Taste, this three-day summer street fair kicks off Friday, June 7, with music, dancing and delicious food.

Photo by: Andersonville Midsommarfest The biggest party of the year in Chicago's Andersonville.  A two-day street fair to jump start summer. 

We love street fairs. When this Chicago staple first swung onto the summer calendar in 1965, Mick Jagger was strutting The Rolling Stone’s chart topping (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction. That song is a classic and so is the Andersonville Midsommarfest, going strong 48 years. (It’s older than the Chicago Taste, born 1980.) Kicking off Friday, June 7, on Clark Street for three days where about 50,000 people pour into Andersonville, boogie and chow down on local vendors' grub and sample Farmer's Market fare. Oh, yeah. Beer.

This year’s music lineup has a touch of Sweden with an ABBA cover band unlocking the '70s Dancing Queen Saturday at 7 p.m. The always crowd-pleasing Chicago Spirit Brigade and Windy City Cowboys bands will bring it, in fact the whole line up is spanking. See the full schedule of performances and check if your favorite band is headlining on the North, Center or South stage. The Friday night party begins at 5 p.m. on Clark Street between Balmoral and Catalpa Avenues. A quick note: This benefits the work of the Andersonville Development Corporation, a cool organization set up to help make the business district pop with sustainability and eco-friendliness. Bring the kids.

Andersonville Midsommarfest on Clark Street from Foster Avenue to Catalpa, June 7-9. Asking $10 donation. Free to kids under 12 and seniors 65+.

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