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
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.
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.
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 12-7pm on Saturday and Sunday during West Fest Chicago is organized by and benefits:
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 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Talent Booking Contacts
For all Empty Bottle Presents booking inquiries please email Brent Heyl at email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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.