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September 20, 2017

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This Weekend in Chicago: Taste of Lincoln Avenue

Come enjoy the Taste of Lincoln Avenue  in Chicago, which is held on the last weekend in July, from Noon-to-10pm, both Saturday and Sunday – July 29-30, 2017. Located on Lincoln Avenue between Fullerton and Wrightwood, the event includes food and craft vendors, five entertainment stages, and a great FREE Kids’ Carnival Area (click at bottom for more info). There is a $10 suggested donation for the taste of Lincoln Avenue but the Kid’s Carnival is FREE.

 

The 34thth annual Taste of Lincoln Avenue fest offers two stage of live music, with acts paying tribute to Heart, Dave Matthews, Pink Floyd, the Beatles, the Who, Journey and Led Zeppelin, among others, plus a carnival for kids (noon-6 p.m. daily). Wine ($20) and whiskey tastings ($25) take place daily from 2-6 p.m. Food and drink vendors are on hand—with sausages and more..   The Taste began in 1984, as a way to help fund the WNA (Wrightwood Neighbors Association) organization, and to provide financial support for our local schools and organizations through grants. It began with crowds of 10,000 attendees, and has now grown to more than 50,000 visitors for the two-day event.

 

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Wrightwood Neighbors receives the money collected from the event’s gate $10 donations. That money goes to local charities, schools, parks, and neighborhood improvements. In the past 26 years, Wrightwood has raised over $1,500,000!! Past recipients of WNA funding distributions include the following: Area schools; Agassiz Elementary, Alcott Elementary, Oscar Mayer Elementary and Lincoln Park High School, “Wiggly Field”, Dog Exercise Area, Friends of the Lincoln Park Library, Lill Street Learning Center, Christopher House, Lookingglass Theatre, Rochelle Lee Foundation, After School Center, Teen Living Programs, Lakeview Pantry, Chicago Park District-funding kids programs at Jonquil Park, 19th District Community Relations, Gus Foundation, WNA School Trust Fund, Seminary Avenue Church, Windows of Opportunity, Old Town School of Folk Music, and Dignity Diner.  Not only does your donation go towards worthwhile charities, it also helps pay for the fabulous bands that perform each year at the Taste. Last year we were very excited to have Soul Asylum- and we are working lining up more great bands this year.

 

Details: Noon-10 p.m. Saturday-Sunday along Lincoln Avenue, from Fullerton and Wrightwood avenues. $10 suggested donation. | MAP

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