Logan Square Arts Festival returns this month

Graffiti work displayed at the Logan Square Arts Festival in Chicago.

The Logan Square Arts Festival returns for the 10th straight year around the Illinois Centennial Monument on Logan Square in Chicago from June 22 to June 24, "the first official weekend of the summer."

There will be plenty of art, family activities and live music, with more than 25 bands on two stages, including an expanded stage on the main neighborhood thoroughfare of Milwaukee Avenue.

"Every year we aim to create a festival that is a reflection of our community," Logan Square Arts Festival Executive Producer Geary Yonke said.

"We are proud to present artists that celebrate the cultures Puerto Rico, Mexico and Central America. We believe these communities are the backbone of Logan Square."

A diverse musical lineup includes the dance punk band, !!! (or Chk Chk Chk), the L.A. noise rock duo, No Age, the Washington, D.C., punk band, Priests, "underground pop provocateurs" Ssion, Chance the Rapper collaborator oddCouple, the Detroit indie rock siblings, Flint Eastwood, the Chicago Afrobeat Project, the Puerto Rican all-female ensemble, Las Bom Plenaras, the Norteño band, Grupo Veloz, and Charlie Baran with the Radio Free Honduras collective.

Other scheduled acts include Caleborate, Pixel Grip, Megiapa, Run Child Run, the James Davis Quintet, the P.O.W.E.R. Project, the Intonation All-Stars, and DJ Duane Powell.

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Visitors can check out a wide array of locally made art and browse artisan vendors while sipping craft beer from Revolution Brewing or artisan cocktails from The Whistler and noshing on bites from various food trucks.

There's a $5 suggested donation, and a portion of the proceeds benefits Logan Square Preservation’s work to beautify the northwest-side neighborhood and protect local landmarks. In 2016, the popular festival raised $7,500 to replace neighborhood trees lost to the invasive Emerald Ash Borer.

Past years have included entertainment like live sketches, miniature golf and graffiti murals that are painted live by Chicago graffiti writers as bystanders watch. The art typically includes installations, sculpture, film and performance art.

The Logan Square Arts Festival will be open from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, and noon to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

For more information, visit logansquareartsfestival.com.


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