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This Week In Street Fests: Do Division, Mayfest, SausageFest And The 57th Street Art Fair

By Samantha Abernethy in Arts & Entertainment on May 31, 2012 10:00PM


This German festival in Lincoln Square kicks off tonight. It's has all the polka, beer, pretzels and cased meats of Oktoberfest, without waiting until fall.

Tonight Old Town School of Folk Music Alumni perform, as well as 60s rock-n-rollers The Captain Blood Orchestra. Friday features the official "keg tapping" and the crowning of the May Queen, plus the Polkaholics all night long. Saturday features more live music, and Sunday has some more authentic German-American activities.

And did we mention the beer. Beer and wine. All weekend long.

Mayfest, 4700 N. Lincoln Ave., Thursday 5 to 9:30 p.m., Friday 5 to 10 p.m., Saturday noon to 11 p.m., Sunday noon to 10 p.m.

Do-Division Fest

This Wicker Park street festival kicks off Friday night and continues through Sunday. It features headlining performers JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound, Le Butcherettes, Black Belles, Peanut Butter Wolf, The Antlers, plus stellar bands all day every day.

See our previous post for the full musical lineup and other activities.

o-Division is Fri. thru Sun., June 1-3 on Division between Ashland and Leavitt, $5 required donation


This Lakeview street festival is all about cased meats and music. The lineup includes headliners Lovehammers and Company of Thieves, and the full lineup features some of our local favorites Ha Ha Tonka, Art vs. Science, Archie Powell & The Exports, The Noise FM and Aktar Aktar.

Check out the full lineup and find out how you can become the next Sausage King of Chicago.

SausageFest, Sheffield & Addison, Saturday and Sunday, noon to 10 p.m., suggested donations benefit the Prostate Cancer Foundation and the Lake View Citizens' Council.

57th Street Art Fair

Down in Hyde Park artists and art lovers will be milling about at the city's oldest juried art fair. In addition to the arts on display, there's an opportunity to make a few things for yourself, plus hands-on activities for kids.

If you don't know much about art, check out the Art Buying Boot Camp, a guided tour with art-buying experts to help you make the right choices for your home. Check out the site to see a map and the full list of artists.

57th Street Art Fair, On 57th Street (obviously) between Kenwood and Kimbark avenues, Saturday 11 to 6 p.m., Sunday 10 to 5 p.m.