Chicago Indie Weekend Guide August 24-26
Discover and support independent businesses and art at these events!
Our Indie Weekend Guide is a snapshot of events that support indie businesses, art, and the local community. If you're heading out for food, drinks, or shopping, this will help you do what you can to keep your dollars going toward local communities, small business owners, and other great causes.
The Bucktown Arts Fest features 200 indie artists as well as craft beer, sangria, two stages, several performers, and plenty of kid-friendly activities. All of the proceeds from the festival go to fund, develop, and support arts education for the neighborhood. The fest itself is free (you just pay for your drinks, food, etc) but you can donate at the info tent and beer tent if you'd like. You can enjoy that glass of sangria knowing that your money is going back to the community, and all while you discover new artists and artwork you might not have otherwise seen. As the Bucktown Arts Fest team says on their website, these artists are not "mass producers." They are individual artists sharing their work with you at their booths. Who knows what gems you'll find!
Popular Evanston music venue SPACE is hosting its inaugural Big Evanston Block Party this weekend. It's a free outdoor street festival that will take place at the intersection of Chicago and Dempster, one block east of the Dempster Purple Line stop. The block party features live music performances, food from local vendors, beer from Half Acre, and much more! Indie rock legends Guided By Voices are headlining the first night (Saturday, Aug 25) and Texas alt-country rockers Old 97's headline the event on Sunday.
Sunday, August 26
We're nearing the end of the summer, which means the end of outdoor farmers markets! We found ourselves asking if we'd taken full advantage of them yet, and with so many great ones in Chicago, the answer is definitely not. So, this weekend we're recommending a trip to the Logan Square Farmers Market. The market runs along Logan Blvd from Milwaukee to Whipple and has a rotating roster of 100 local farm and food purveyors. The cool thing about this market is that it is a producer-only market, featuring products grown and produced by those at the booth. Maybe skip the grocery store trip this weekend and head out to the Logan Square Farmers market to stock up on your produce!
Enjoy your weekend, and support some indie businesses in the process!
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