Glenwood Avenue Arts Fest Presents Vendors & Bands For Free 8/21-22

The Glenwood Avenue Arts Fest (GAAF) is a free, weekend-long event, usually drawing over 10,000 visitors, featuring artists, open studios and live entertainment on three outdoor stages. Experience art, theater, music, as well as food and drink, on the brick-laid streets of the Glenwood Avenue Arts District in Chicago's historic Rogers Park neighborhood.

The Glenwood Avenue Arts Fest takes place in the Glenwood Avenue Arts District on Chicago's North Side, in the heart of Rogers Park, on Glenwood Ave., 6900 - 7000 North (between Farwell and Lunt) and the 1400 block of Morse Avenue, steps from the Morse Ave stop on the CTA Red Line. Outdoor fest and many art studios are handicapped accessible.

Kick-Off: Friday, August 20, 2010, 6-10 p.m., 6900 block of N. Glenwood Ave.
Festival: Saturday and Sunday, August 21-22, 2010, 12 noon to 9 p.m., 6900-7000 N. Glenwood Ave. and the 1400 block of Morse Ave.

Information: 773-761-4477 x701, FREE admission

Call for Artists and Sponsors: Artist applications will be available at after April 19, 2010 ($60 fee). Exhibitors are required to provide or rent a 10' x 10' tent. Organizers seek a balanced, mixed-media exhibition, with preference given to local artists and handmade arts and crafts (mass-produced products are not accepted).

Business and organization sponsorships are available on the website now, and range from $500 to $5000. Visit or contact Al Goldberg at 847-910-1556 for more information. The Glenwood Avenue Arts Fest is free and open to the public, asking no admission fee or suggested donation.

Friday, August 20, 2010, 6 - 10 p.m.
Festival Kick-Off Party: 6900 block of N. Glenwood Ave. Headliner to be announced soon.
Saturday and Sunday, August 21 and 22, 2010, 12 noon - 9 p.m.
Open Studios: Glenwood Avenue Arts District studios and galleries will be open to visitors on Saturday and Sunday from 12 noon until 9 p.m. A full-color map suitable for self-guided walking tours will be available at the street fest.

KidFest Area: Features hands-on arts activities, plus in addition to the music stages, the Performance Stage will feature family friendly circus, theater, dance and music acts.

Three Festival Stages: Two live music stages and a live performance stage (dance, theater, circus as well as music acts). Scheduled bands include: Michael McDermott, Greg Ginn and the Taylor Texas Corrugators (featuring Greg Ginn of the legendary punk band Black Flag), The Polkaholics, Skapone and Micki Croissant. Full stage schedules TBA.

Food and Beverage: Unique Rogers Park restaurants and bars contribute to the neighborhood flavor with food and beverage booths.

Rogers Park is the most culturally and economically diverse neighborhood in Chicago. Located in the far northeast corner of the city, more than 80 languages are spoken among the community's 63,000 residents. Rogers Park celebrates diversity and harmonious living. "In a city made famous for an accepted and often enforced cultural and socio-economic homogeneity within neighborhoods," said the Chicago Tribune, "Rogers Park stands almost alone as an exception." The Daily Herald reported that "Rogers Park, on the north edge of Chicago, offers an urban vibe, intimate but exciting theater, a variety of live music, good restaurants and largely free parking, and the glorious Lake Michigan beachfront open to all."

Glenwood Avenue Arts District features artist studios, music venues (Duke's, Heartland Café, Morseland, Red Line Tap), and numerous unique and tasty restaurants. The Rogers Park neighborhood is also well known for its theaters, including Lifeline Theatre, the side project, and Theo Ubique, which make up one of the city's hottest theater corridors and are regularly recognized by the Jeff Awards. "For pure Chicago heart, soul and polished grit, the Glenwood Avenue Arts District in Rogers Park is our favorite new destination" (Chicago Magazine, October 2008).

GAAF 2010 Planning Committee: Glenwood Avenue Arts Fest is a broad-based, grassroots, non-profit event planned and staffed by volunteers, dedicated to remaining free to the public, offering low participation fees to artists, showcasing the artists and venues of the Glenwood Avenue Arts District and retaining the unique and eclectic neighborhood character. The GAAF 2010 planning committee is Gregory Altman, Mary Bao, Ellen Baren, Diana Berek, Rene Camargo, Mina Cardenas, Andy DeLaRosa, Jim Ginderske, Alan J. Goldberg, Brettly Kawaguchi, Renee Labrana, Neil Lifton, Dorothy Milne, and Ron Scroggin. The Glenwood Avenue Arts Fest is a community partnership with Lifeline Theatre, a 501(c)3 organization.

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