Wicker Park Fest 2017 Announces Full Lineup

Published Monday, July 10, 2017

Highly Anticipated Chicago Street Fest Returns with 3 Stages of Live Music, July 29 – 30


The festival that Chicago magazine and Chicago Tribune have each called “best” of the season returns for its 14th year July 29th and 30th (on Milwaukee Ave from North Ave to Paulina St).  Always one of the most anticipated summer events, Wicker Park Fest attracts visitors from across the region with its stellar music line-up and homage to the beloved Wicker Park neighborhood.  Chicago’s longest (in terms of length) two-day neighborhood festival reflects Wicker Park’s rich musical heritage, vibrant nightlife and hot culinary scene.  Today, the bookers at Subterranean announced the full music schedule of close to 40 artists performing at Wicker Park Fest 2017. 

Building on Wicker Park’s unique character, this year’s colossal street party presents three stages of continuous live music, a dedicated children’s fun area, celebrated local food vendors, an arts section with jaw-dropping installation and performance acts, a specialty beer tent, and dozens of the most popular local boutiques and restaurants. Presented by the Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce, Wicker Park Fest 2017 is expected to draw over 70,000 people over the two-day span.  A $10 gate donation benefits the Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce, a local non-profit. 


Live Music:

Above all, Wicker Park Fest showcases cutting edge live music.  Since the fest’s inception, Subterranean, the iconic live music venue located in the heart of Wicker Park, has been the Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber’s partner in curating the festival.  The weekend lineup is as follows:


North Stage


8:30 - 10:00     Guided By Voices

7:15 - 8:00       SALES

6:00 - 6:45       Ovlov

4:45 - 5:30       pronoun

3:30 - 4:15       Mother Nature

2:15 - 3:00       Ratboys

1:00 - 1:45       Campdogzz



8:30 - 10:00     Piebald

7:15 - 8:00       JEFF The Brotherhood

6:00 - 6:45       The Coathangers

4:45 - 5:30       Brick + Mortar

3:30 - 4:15       Bonzie

2:15 - 3:00       Lifted Bells

1:00 - 1:45       No Men


South Stage


9:00 - 10:00     Doomtree

7:45 - 8:30       The Mattson 2

6:30 - 7:15       Air Credits

5:15 - 6:00       Harts

4:00 - 4:45       Step Rockets

3:00 - 3:30       The Claudettes

1:00 - 2:30       School of Rock Oak Park



9:00 - 10:00     Pokey LaFarge

7:45 - 8:30       Charly Bliss

6:30 - 7:15       Malcolm London

5:15 - 6:00       Chicago Funk Mafia

4:00 - 4:45       Bassel & The Supernaturals

3:00 - 3:30       Bleach Party

1:00 - 2:30       School of Rock Chicago


Center Stage


8:45 - 10:00     Turquoise Jeep

7:30 - 8:15       GGOOLLDD

6:15 - 7:00       DJ no DJ

5:15 - 5:45       Nnamdi Ogbonnaya

4:15 - 4:45       Mazi Dancers



8:45 - 10:00     Slim Cessna's Auto Club

7:30 - 8:15       The Blind Staggers

6:15 - 7:00       Post Child       


Arts at Wicker Park Fest:

Arts at Wicker Park Fest includes some of the year’s most tantalizing installation and performance art curated by renowned Wicker Park artists and arts organizations.  The dedicated section within Wicker Park Fest features unique and inspired works in the middle of the action on Milwaukee Avenue throughout the weekend.  Last year, an installation entitled “Universe” provided a contemporary mythological model of the Cosmos, composed of a life-size, sculpted human figure covered with mirrors and tethered to the top of a 20-foot radio tower.  Likewise, Collaboraction, Wicker Park’s own nationally-renowned performance art company, presented the Collaboraction “Art Oasis” – an area of art, community and fun – with interactive art activities such as the Dome of Dance Tournament, an Art Bar, and Break Dancing Workshops. 

This year, Wicker Park Fest is going to have a sculpture installation called, "Life's A Balance" by Christina Murphy. It will be unveiled at 1 pm on Saturday, the first day of the Fest.  "My vision is to show the joy that youngsters, in this case, portrayed by young animals, have while playing around," stated Murphy.

The Arts area will also have an interactive game. PLAY BIG is the interactive game area that is intended for kids of all ages thanks to Miracle Works.  Included in this play area will be oversized versions of Battleship, Pool and more.  There will even be referees to officiate these games.

Arts at Wicker Park Fest is presented by the Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber and is generously underwritten by the WPB Special Service Area #33.


Kids Fest at Wicker Park Fest:

Wicker Park Fest is also home to one of the summer's top fests within a fest - for little ones. Kids Fest at Wicker Park Fest offers a wide variety of children's programming from noon to 6 pm both days (no additional entrance fee required). Kids Fest 2017 activities include: Chess Wizards, Mad Science, The Kids Table, 606 Karate lessons, Children's Learning Place (balloons, giveaways), balloon animals (currently only Saturday), cookie decorating, face painting, inflatables, carnival games, hair dying, nail painting, and more. In addition, the performance stage at Kids Fest includes the following:



1 pm: Mary Macaroni

2 pm: Mad Science Show

3 pm: John Kilmer and the Burr Backers (cover band)

4 pm: 606 Karate demonstration



2 pm: Ben the Bubble Guy

4 pm: 606 Karate

Kids Fest at Wicker Park Fest benefits Jonathan Burr Elementary (specifically to improve the technology and programming) and is sponsored by the WPB SSA# 33.   

Wicker Park Fest is held on Milwaukee Avenue between North Avenue and Paulina, easily accessible by the Blue Line and just minutes from downtown Chicago. Event hours are 12:00 (noon) - 10:00 pm on July 29th and 30th and the main gate donation is $10. Donations are put towards yearly festival production by the Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce, the local nonprofit which works to increase the neighborhood's visibility and viability with special events and programming that promote the local business community. The Chamber also partners with Burr Elementary, which recieves 100% of ticket sales from activities in the Kids Fest area. Free bike parking will be avilable at the North Honore Gate. Well-behaved dogs on leashes are permitted.