We slept in later than usual and enjoyed a leisurely breakfast and then headed into the city. The weather prognosticators were giving Chicago a 25% chance of rain while the suburbs and Milwaukee were showing 40%. So we opted for the Wicker Park Arts Festival and Native Foods Cafe. The festival operators describe it this way:
Hailed as Chicago’s “best street festival of the summer” by the Chicago Tribune, Wicker Park Fest’s reputation has grown into epic proportions. What began as a quaint neighborhood shindig nine years ago, has blossomed into The Can’t Miss Music Event of the season. Once again, cutting edge local and national acts fill out a jam-packed weekend, Saturday, July 28 – Sunday, July 29, 2012.
In addition to the highly regarded live music bill, Wicker Park Fest is a showcase of its’ diverse neighborhood. Historic yet hip, Chicago’s Wicker Park and Bucktown district offers a variety of lifestyle options, including acclaimed restaurants, family activities, a trendy fashion scene and a newly introduced distinctive arts element in 2012, all represented at the fest.
Above all else, Wicker Park Fest is known for the highest quality of live music. It’s become one of Chicago’s most highly anticipated music festivals of the summer – and at a fraction of the admission fee ($5) of the other big music fests. With three stages of live bands and DJs, there’s something for everyone, every genre.
Before heading up to the festival we made a stop at the local Home Depot on Clinton to see if we could score a couple of small 1/2 inch clamps for use on my fairing mount. But they did not carry anything that small. I did finally find them in the online Sears catalog:
I thought at the time that perhaps Kozy’s Bike Shop might have a couple of these clamps and we headed over towards Des Plaines Street to check it out. But there is a weekly flea market that is held there and the street was impassable so we left.
But before we did Connie grabbed some great shots of a custom motorcycle trike that was parked along Jefferson. This was a delight to see!
So we took side streets up to Wicker Park and were a bit surprise that they actually block access to the street itself. But we were able to convince the gate keepers that we were only there to get luncheon at the Native Foods Cafe and they allowed us through after searching our bike bags.
The street adjacent to the outdoor eating area at Native Foods Cafe was being used by a company of actors staging an adaptation of what looked and sounded like Sweeney Todd.
Their stage was being hoisted up over the crowd by a giant forklift. It looked a bit precarious but nothing fell from it and the sound system imbedded in it was being controlled by a fellow standing on a motorized platform wearing what appeared to be an outfit identical to that worn by the Mad Hatter in Alice in Wonderland.
We headed back along Wolcott towards the van. There were quite a few cyclists out and about and it was a great thing to see everyone in a good mood. Hope the summer weather continues to hold. Would not mind a bit more rain though.
Distance: 10.5 miles
Time: 1h 29m 53s