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This Week In Street Fests: International Festival Of Life, Windy City RibFest

By Samantha Abernethy in Arts & Entertainment on Jul 5, 2013 8:20PM

African/Caribbean International Festival Of Life
This celebration of Carribean and African culture kicked off Thursday, so it's already going strong at Union Park. Enjoy reggae, Caribbean, R&B, Electronica, African, Rock, Blues, Latin, House... basically any kind of music you can think of. We recommend checking out Billy Branch and the Sons of Blues on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. Plus there will be food, arts, crafts, and stop by the health pavilion for various awareness and screening events.
The 21st Annual International Festival of Life is at Union Park, 1501 W. Randolph St., on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from noon to 10 p.m.

The Windy City RibFest
This is the city's lesser rib festival, but can you ever really have too many rib festivals? The food lineup is alright, featuring a few vendors we hadn't seen at other rib festivals. Alt-rock band Cracker headlines the party on Saturday night.
Windy City RibFest is at Lawrence and Broadway avenues on Friday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., on Saturday from noon to 10 p.m. and on Sunday from noon to 9 p.m.

Taste of Lakeview/Rock Around The Block
Sample foods from Lakeview restaurants like The Pony Inn and one of our favorite ice cream shops Paciugo. Then grab a beer and watch the usual street fest tribute bands 16 Candles or Hairbangers Ball.
Taste of Lakeview/Rock Around the Block is at Lincoln and Belmont avenues on Saturday from noon to 10 p.m. and on Sunday from noon to 9 p.m.