Chicago Summer Festivals: Elston Avenue Sausage & Music Fest

Chicago Summer Festivals: Elston Avenue Sausage & Music Fest
Sausage--a cause for celebration at Chicago Summer Festivals

Chicago has added a new summer festival to its already overflowing festival calendar. The inaugural Elston Avenue Sausage & Music Fest will be bringing hot links and hot music to the 3800 block of N. Elston Avenue on Saturday, June 27th and Sunday, June 28th.

Chicago’s sausage landscape is legendary—from the iconic Chicago dog to the Maxwell St. Polish—encased meats are a part of our culture.

There's a reason why Carl Sandburg called Chicago "hog butcher to the world" in his famous poem of the same name.  Californians can have their kale and New Yorkers their big apple while we embrace encased meats.

ElstonAvenueSausageThe new Elston Avenue Sausage & Music Fest is just one of many Chicago fests that celebrate sausage. Others include Wrigleyville's SausageFest Chicago (July 18, 19); the History Museum's Hot Dog Fest, (August 7-9); SausageFest Chicago in Old Town (August 28-30) along with a host of other fests with sausage on the menu, even if not in the name.

The line-up of vendors, as of early June, for Chicago's newest salute to sausage include: the artisanal sausages of Big Fork Brands, Paulina Meat Market, Genoa Italian, Greek Delights (selling the meats of the Northwest Side's Nottoli & Son Italian Sausage Shop) and Abbey Pub.

In tandem with the juicy assortment of sausages, the fest organizers are putting together a wildly eclectic music lineup that includes Ohio garage rockers Heartless Bastards, Arizona folk-punk band Andrew Jackson Jihad, South Dakota indie-rockers The Kickback, Chicago indie-rockers Filligar, and singer/guitarist Craig Finn (best known as frontman for Brooklyn rockers The Hold Steady).

The music stage lineup as of early June is:

Saturday, June 27

1:30 p.m.         tba

2:45 p.m.         Anu Alphonse (folk/pop)

4:00 p.m.         Yoko & The Oh No's (rock 'n soul)

5:15 p.m.         The Kickback

6:30 p.m.         Craig Finn

7:45 p.m.         Filligar

9:00 p.m.         Heartless Bastards

Sunday, June 28

2:00-5:00 p.m. tba

6:30 p.m.         Mark Rose  (pop/rock, formerly with the band Spitalfield)

7:45 p.m.         From Indian Lakes (indie rock)

9:00 p.m.         Andrew Jackson Jihad

The action will take place on the 3800 block of N. Elston Avenue (two blocks north of Addison, outside the Abbey Pub). Fest hours are noon-10 p.m. both days. In addition to the food, music and drink, the fest also features artisans and, for kids, art activities and kiddie carnival rides.

A suggested donation of $5 is requested with a portion benefiting the neighborhood's Athletic Field Park and John B. Murphy Elementary School.

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