About Chill Fest

ChillFest is back for a fifth year in 2017 and better than ever after four successful years. Featuring over 60 local musicians playing live, acoustic “living-room sets” in local storefronts throughout the neighborhood, this day of music continues to celebrate the live music history and creative roots of the Wicker Park and Bucktown neighborhoods while presenting emerging musical talent in unique settings throughout the neighborhood. You’ll enjoy great new music while exploring the many treasures offered in our wonderful local businesses.

Last year’s participants included local boutiques, restaurants, and other venues, each hosting four or more artists in a dedicated portion of their business space. Artists played an acoustic set of music matched to the ambiance of the host business.

In its inaugural year, ChillFest generated buzz all over the Windy City, with recognition online, in print, on radio and on television! We appeared in the Chicago Reader, the Redeye, the Sun-Times, Daily Herald, and even on the front page of the Chicago Tribune! TimeOut Chicago, DNAInfo, Crains, and many more showed us love online, and we were featured on ABC-7, FOX-TV, WGN Radio, and WXRT Radio to boot. Our event even got the attention of SXSW! Six ChillFest artists were invited down to Austin, TX to play special sets during the festival.

We hope you’re as excited as we are for another round of acoustic music, networking, exposure, and supporting local business and your fellow artists in Chicago’s coolest neighborhood!