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Andersonville’s City Made Fest Features All Things Local

cmf201Kick off autumn with a festival highlighting the best Chicago has to offer, City Made Fest in Andersonville. This is the first all-local street festival that highlights Chicago-made beer, cuisine, artisans, and music.

The second annual City Made Fest takes place Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 20-21, noon to 9 p.m. The festival is on Clark between Argyle and Carmen, and boasts 32 vendors, all from Chicago.

“I’m really excited about the music line-up this year,” said Jason Cox, associate director of the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce. “It’s fun and diverse, and a little bit different than what we had last year.”

Bands performing at City Made Fest range from blues to hip hop to Afro-Mestizo Mexican folk! The event kicks off with shoegaze/dreampop band Lightfoils, who Cox said was supposed to play last year but had to cancel last minute because a band member was in an accident. Other notable acts include hip hop act Jason Maek and Zaena, folk rockers Congress of Starlings, reggae/calypso/roots masters Stann Champion’s Roots Rock Society, and jazz/blue virtuoso Brent Kimbrough & Company Quintet.

What goes better with great music than craft beer? City Made Fest features beer from 12 Chicago breweries, including Ale Syndicate Brewers, Andersonville Brewing, and Lagunitas Brewing Company. Not into beer? New this year is a sangria option, courtesy Cantina De La Granja, a restaurant opening soon in the former T’s location.

In addition to music and beer, festival attendees will enjoy browsing the booths of local artists and vendors.

“It was such a nice weekend last year,” said Cox. “I’m looking forward to another great event.”

There is a $5 suggested donation at the gate for City Made Fest. All proceeds from the event go to benefit the Andersonville Development Corporation and its mission to foster sustainable community and economic development in the Andersonville commercial district.


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