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West Fest

2018 DATES:

Friday, July 6th 5pm-10pm
Saturday & Sunday, July 7th & 8th 12pm-10pm

West Fest is an annual street festival in Chicago’s West Town Community on Chicago Avenue between Damen Avenue and Wood Street. (1800W - 2000W Chicago Ave. Chicago IL 60622)

What makes West Fest so unique? Since 2004 West Fest stands out from the rest because it is locally planned and managed by the West Town Chamber of Commerce, thus the emphasis is on local offerings and local talent. West Fest features neighborhood retailers and restaurants, fine artists, crafters, and more. The event reflects the eclectic and hip West Town community, and is also known for cutting edge live music.

The West Fest live music stage is booked by Empty Bottle Presents and features current and diverse original live music. The West Fest DJ Stage showcases high profile local, national, and International DJs with an emphasis on Chicago House with Mark Farina, Jesse De La Pena and Derrick Carter regularly featured.

“There is something for everyone at West Fest. The family and dog friendly atmosphere and activities are a great fit for the West Town neighborhood.” 

West Fest features two specialty fests within the fest: Kid Fest and Pet Fest.

Pet Fest is 12-6pm Saturday and Sunday sponsored by Canine Crews. Pet Fest features a charity dog wash, dog obstacle course, paw painting, pet retail booths, dog caricature artist (3-5pm Saturday), paddling pools and plenty of water; plus various pet related demonstrations throughout the day, pet services booths, local veterinarians and canine therapists. All proceeds benefit Alive Rescue and One Tail at a Time, and goodie bags for those humans whom donate or purchase.

Kid Fest is 12-7pm on Saturday and Sunday and is organized by and benefits Talcott Fine Arts & Museum Academy. Kid Fest takes place on an adjacent street (Wolcott Street) within the fest site and offers quality children and family activities including train rides, bounce houses, an inflatable super slide, pony rides, carnival games, kid friendly vendors, and a kid's stage with live family friendly music.

Check out the article about West Fest in "The Best Festivals and Fairs in Chicago & Illinois" in Travelmag.com one of the leading travel magazines!

There is a $5 donation requested to attend West Fest. Proceeds benefit local non-profits the West Town Chamber of Commerce, Talcott Fine Arts and Museum Academy, and Sabin Elementary School.  The West Town Chamber of Commerce, a 501 C6 non-profit serving the community, produces the event and is the primary benefactor. 100% of Pet Fest activity proceeds benefit local animal shelters, and 100% of Kid Fest activity proceeds benefit Talcott Fine Arts and Museum Academy.

Optional Donation & Security at Entrance Gates:
The $5 suggested donation is optional. During the event hours, all persons entering the festival site must enter through our entrance gate areas and our gate staff and local volunteers will suggest the donation, however it is not required to enter.

For the safety and security of our event site, all persons will be subject to security bag checks at the entrance areas. Please be patient and understanding if you have to wait in line, we are trying to ensure the safety of all patrons.

After Party

Join Damen Tavern for the official West Fest After Party. Show your West Fest donation / entry hand stamp for $3 select bottles all weekend! 

Damen Tavern Regular Hours: Mon - Thurs: 5pm-2am, Friday: 12pm-2am, Saturday: 11am-3am, Sunday: 11am-2am

Getting to West Fest

West Fest takes place on Chicago Avenue between Damen Avenue and Wood Street. The address at Damen and Chicago Avenue is 2000 W. Chicago Avenue for navigational purposes. There is FREE Bike Parking at West Fest and the event is easily accessible by public transportation via the #66 CTA Chicago Avenue BUS and/or the closest El Train stops are the Blue Line at Division or at Chicago Avenue. Vehicle street parking nearby the fest is also available.

For more information, please email info@westtownchamber.org or call 312-850-9390. 

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