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This Week In Street Fests: Glenwood Avenue Arts Fest, Unisono, The Procession Of St. Rocco

By Chuck Sudo in Arts & Entertainment on Aug 16, 2013 3:30PM

A scene from the 2010 Glenwood Avenue Arts Festival. (Photo credit: Gabriel X. Michael)

What this weekend lacks in volume of street fests is made up in quality. Here are this week's picks:

Glenwood Avenue Arts Festival
This festival in Rogers Park has art of all disciplines. Buy paintings, jewelery and other art from over 100 artists, tour their studios and enjoy music and theater on three stages. The festival starts 6 p.m. tonight with a cobblestone jam and runs from noon until 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

The Glenwood Avenue Arts Festival is located at 6900-7030 N. Glenwood, 1400 W. Morse.

Unisono Festival
The epicenter of Pilsen becomes a celebration of community empowerment through diversity, education and social justice Saturday with musical acts, poetry readings, art workshops and exhibits and seminars on accessing community grants and financial aid.

Unisono Festival runs Aug. 17 from Noon until 10 p.m. at 18th Street and Paulina Avenue.

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The Procession of St. Rocco di Simbario
The Catholic patron saint of infectious disease and his cape of many dollars makes his annual procession through the streets of Chinatown, Bridgeport and Armour Square Aug. 18. The procession begins and ends at St. Therese Catholic Church in Chinatown and all you need to do to find it is follow the sound of fireworks. The St. Rocco di Simbario society sets off enough fireworks to give you a concussion.

The Procession of St. Rocco di Simbario starts at noon from St. Therese Catholic Church, 242 W. Alexander.