Chicago Summer Festival Watch 2022: Wicker Park Fest

Chicago Summer Festival Watch 2022: Wicker Park Fest

Chicago’s biggest street festival is back for its 18th season. Wicker Park Fest is alive and well and ready to rock with over 50 live bands,, arts, crafts, family activities, food and drinks coming July 22 through July 24.

Dove’s Luncheonette one of the many unique restaurants in Wicker Park

Home to one of Chicago’s hippest and most eclectic neighborhoods, Wicker Park is a year-round playground for locals and visitors. Known for its trendy restaurants, cozy coffee shops, cocktail bars and great shopping from independents to Free People Movement and Lululemon there .truly is something for everyone.

One of Wicker Park’s historic Victorian Mansions

Wicker Park offers a unique historic perspective. Incorporated in 1837, the neighborhood features a variety of housing from multi-million dollar Victorian mansions to single room hideaways. Famous and infamous residence create a Who’s Who of Chicago’s past and present with names including the Pritzkers, Uihleins, Crowns, Carl Laemmle (Universal Studios), Michael Todd. and famous authors Saul Bellows and Nelson Algren.

A highlight of the summer season, Wicker Park Fest, takes place place on Milwaukee Avenue from North Avenue to Paulina Street. \

The 2022 lineup features sensational LA rock band Cherry Glazerr and indie-pop singer-song-writer Caroline Rose among others, as well as a broad range of genresfrom rock to experimental, rap to pop music.

The headliners include:

LA rock band Cherry Glazerr/indie-pop singer-songwriter Caroline Rose

Alt-rock-pop trio The Happy Fits

New York indie-pop collective MICHELLE

Latin indie alternative/experimental band Y La Bamba

Seattle-based punk rock staple The Spits

New York hip-hop duo Armand Hammer

Up-and-coming emo/pop rap artist Tom the Mail Man

The three-day festival will feature over 50 acclaimed live music acts, art installations, dance performances, and a Kids Fest. Showcasing the iconic restaurant and bar scene in Wicker Park, the festival will also offer dozens of vendors serving food and drinks from local restaurants, in addition to over 100 retail vendors.

A $10 donation at the gate benefits the nonprofit Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce, and comes with festival pin perks of receiving more than 20 discounts from festival vendors and businesses in the area. For more information, visit

The festival reflects Wicker Park’s rich music heritage, with the summer’s most sought-after bands performing on multiple stages, with the neighborhood’s iconic live music venue Subterranean serving as a partner in curating the festival’s lineup. 

There will be an Arts Area presented by Special Service Area #33 with provoking sculpture installations and interactive art, showcasing unique works from local artists. A Community Culture Stage will feature dance and other cultural performances.

Kids Fest offering an exclusive area of family programming and benefiting Burr Elementary will take place at Wolcott and Milwaukee Avenues.

2022 FEST Hours

Friday, July 22nd, 5 p.m. – 10 p.m

Saturday, July 23rd, Noon – 10 p.m.

Sunday, July 24th, Noon – 10 p.m.

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