I might be biased because I live in Wicker Park and I can literally see the pony rides from my backyard, but I really think that Do Division is one of the best summer festivals in Chicago. At least, it is our favorite family-friendly street fest.
So many festivals claim to be family-friendly -- but then don't deliver. Crowds, excruciatingly loud bands and drunk frat boys (no offense because street fests are really your territory guys) don't always make for the best family outing.
The family-friendly offerings are numerous and varied. 100% of Proceeds from Do-Division Family Fun Fest go to Friends of Pritzker School and LaSalle II PTO, two local public elementary schools.
Do Division Family Fun Fest is the exclusive family and kid-friendly area of Do Division Street Fest. This is the 6th year Friends of Pritzker and LaSalle II PTO are organizing the fest-within-a-fest. Sponsored by the Smoky Mountain Tourism Alliance, the Family Fun Fest occupies two jam-packed blocks on Hoyne Avenue between Division and Crystal and on Crystal between Hoyne and Damen.
Some of the many popular activities featured at the Family Fun Fest include: Building Blocks Toy stores' train rides, The Easel Art Studio Craft Tent, face painting, balloon animals, punk rock hair do's, the Children's Learning Place Toddler Zone, inflatable obstacle courses, goodie bags, photo ops, face painting, mini golf and pony rides. Plus, everyone is encouraged to boogie on down at the Pizano's Family Fun Fest entertainment stage with Laura Doherty, Mary Macaroni, Jeanie B and many more throughout the weekend. Some of my favorite local family businesses and schools will also be on site including Goldfish Swim School, Chicago Parent, Cultural Care Au Pair and Bennett Day School.
100% of Proceeds from Do-Division Family Fun Fest activities go to Friends of Pritzker School and LaSalle II PTO, two local public elementary schools. 18% of the main fest net gate proceeds are also donated to the two schools.
Family Fun Fest Stage Line Up
Saturday May 31
12:00-12:20 Family Yoga with Zen Garage
12:25-12:55 Gracie Lou
1:00-1:45 Mary Macaroni
2:00-2:20 Trinity Irish dancers
2:30-2:45 Chang’s Martial Arts
2:45-3:30 Mad Science
3:30-3:45 LaSalle II student choir
3:45-4:15 Tunes with Tim
4:20-5:20 The Music House Variety Kids
5:30-6:00 Sunny Side Up
Sunday June 1
12:00-12:25 Suzuki Orff
12:30-1:30 Miss Lauren from Bubbles Academy
1:30-2:00 Ava Suppelsa
2:00-2:15 Chang’s Martial Arts
2:15-3:00 Sarah Jayne Parker
3:05-3:25 Yo Yo master Ben from Cat & Mouse Game Store
3:30-4:00 Corrientes Violins
4:00-4:45 Mary Macaroni (balloons at 2- 4)
4:55-5:10 Hoopy Hoops with Mr. Petey
5:15-6:00 Environmental Encroachment Marching Band