West Fest Chicago 

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West Fest Chicago 2021

Friday, July 9th 5pm-10pm

Saturday & Sunday, July 10th & 11th 12pm-10pm

1800-2000 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago IL 60622

#WestFestChicago @WestFestChicago

Since 2004 West Fest Chicago is an annual street festival held in Chicago’s West Town Community on Chicago Avenue between Damen Avenue and Wood Street presented by the West Town Chamber of Commerce.

What makes West Fest Chicago so unique? The event stands out because it is locally planned and managed by the West Town Chamber of Commerce, thus the emphasis is on local offerings and talent.West Fest Chicago features neighborhood retailers and restaurants, local fine artists and crafters, Pet Fest with dog activities for charity, Kid Fest with family activities and live entertainment, and more.


The event reflects the eclectic West Town community, and is also renown for cutting edge live music programmed by Empty Bottle Presents, plus the ever popular West Fest Chicago House DJ stage.

There is a $10 suggested donation to attend West Fest Chicago. Proceeds benefit the West Town Chamber of Commerce, a local 501 C6 providing valuable programs and services for the small businesses in West Town Chicago.

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Live Music

The West Fest Chicago live music stage is booked by Empty Bottle Presents and features an eclectic mix of current and high quality live music. Headliners in the past have included world renowned bands: Los Campesinos!,  John Maus, Ex Hex, ESG, Speedy Ortiz, Local H, Royal Headaches, The Meat Puppets, The Ponys, Redwalls, Califone, King Kahn, The Black Lips, Tortoise, The Oblivians, Murder City Devils, Dead Moon, Kevin Morby, Joey Purp, and many more.


Since 2006 the West Fest Chicago DJ Stage has showcased world renowned local and international DJs with an emphasis on Chicago House. DJs Derrick Carter and Mark Farina are regular headliners and always get the dance party started.


Kid Fest

Kid Fest 12-7pm on Saturday and Sunday during West Fest Chicago is organized by and benefits:

Talcott Fine Arts & Museum Academy.


Kid Fest takes place on an adjacent street (Wolcott Street between Chicago Avenue and Rice 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.


Pet Fest

Pet Fest 12-6pm Saturday and Sunday during West Fest Chicago is organized and sponsored by Canine Crews. Pet Fest features a dog obstacle course, paw painting, pet retail and services booths; plus various pet related demonstrations throughout the day.


All proceeds in Pet Fest benefit Alive Rescue and One Tail at a Time, and all humans whom donate receive goodie bags.



Interested in vendor opportunities?


West Fest Chicago features food vendors, retail vendors, corporate sponsors, local artists...

Please email info@westtownchamber.org for more information on becoming a 2021 festival vendor. Add your email address to our vendor list for notifications and 2021 applications:



Sponsorship can connect your business with a wide range of consumers through sampling and/or sales, lead generation, displays; plus logo inclusion, web links, social media promotions and more.


Custom sponsorship packages are created according to the sponsor's individual category, goals, and budget.

For Sponsorship Information please contact Kara Hughes Salgado

at 312-850-9390 ksalgado@westtownchamber.org


General Event Contact

West Town Chamber of Commerce



Vendor & Sponsor Contact

West Town Chamber of Commerce



Media Contact

Zapwater Communications: 


Talent Booking Contacts


For all Empty Bottle Presents booking inquiries please email Brent Heyl at brent@emptybottle.com

Empty Bottle c/o Brent Heyl 1035 N Western Ave Chicago, IL 60622

Note: please allow 3 weeks for follow up.  Feel free to check in after this time if you have yet to receive a reply. 

Phone calls are welcome as well at 773 276 3600.

For all West Fest Chicago DJ Stage inquires please contact info@westtownchamber.org.


Sponsors & Partners


In 2019 the event benefited the West Town Chamber of Commerce (WTCC) and Talcott Fine Art Fine Arts and Museum Academy.

Answers to FAQs

Directions and Transportation Information

West Fest Chicago 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 Chicago 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.

Dog Policy

Well behaved dogs on leashes are allowed within the festival site. However, we advise owners to be aware of the heat during the day as the event takes place primarily on asphalt and concrete. The event can also get very crowded and difficult to navigate with a dog, especially past 7pm.

$10 Suggested Donation

There is an optional $10 donation requested to attend the event. Proceeds from West Fest Chicago benefit local non-profits and schools. West Fest Chicago is produced by and primarily benefits the West Town Chicago Chamber of Commerce, a 501-C6 non-profit organization providing programs and services for the local small businesses. 100% of Pet Fest activity proceeds benefit local animal shelters, and 100% of Kid Fest activity proceeds benefit Talcott Fine Arts and Museum Academy.

1819 W. Chicago Ave.

Chicago, IL 60622



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