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EdgeFest Brings Global Fare, Local Art, More This Weekend

Edgefest_027 (2)How does global cuisine, karaoke on a big stage, and relaxing on a landscaped oasis in the middle of Broadway sound? You can find all that and more this weekend at EdgeFest.

The Edgewater Chamber of Commerce is hosting their third annual summer street festival on Aug. 2 and 3. Last year, over 10,000 people attended the two-day event, and this year that number is expected to grow. EdgeFest features all the trappings of a Chicago street fair, but with a heaping dose of neighborhood  flavor. Enjoy local bands on the south stage, an interactive kids’ area sponsored by State Sen. Heather Steans, local artisan and merchant vendors, and great food and drinks!

We are proud to announce a 33 percent% increase in vendors in 2014,” said Edgewater Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Katrina Balog. “Of the 70 vendors selling a variety of food, art, jewelry and handmade items, 27 of them are local businesses.”

The Chamber has incorporated a shop-local promotion into EdgeFest this year. Present a receipt dated July 28 through Aug. 3 totaling $30 or more from an Edgewater business at the Chamber’s EdgeFest booth to receive a free beer token. What a great excuse to go to a nice dinner or make an impulse purchase this week!

We produce EdgeFest as a way to promote our business districts in Edgewater and our vendor lineup reflects the quality and diversity of what Edgewater has to offer,” Balog said.

EdgeFest will take place on Broadway between Thorndale and Ardmore. There is a $5 suggested donation at the gate, $10 for families. Proceeds from gates and beer sales benefit the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce and its work to create a vibrant community. Attendees who make the suggested donation will receive a free Edge Card, which is good for a one-time 10 percent% discount at over 40 Edgewater businesses.

EdgeFest 2014 promises to be the best yet,” said Balog. “We expect over 15,000 people to attend over the course of two days to hear music, shop our local vendors, and sample food from our restaurants. Try food from Ethiopian Diamond, Mas Alla Del Sol, Little Vietnam, Black Dog Gelato and more!”

The north stage will feature well-known headliners Rod Tuffcurls and the Benchpress on Saturday night and Sixteen Candles on Sunday night. Looking for a little local flavor? Check out Joel Hall Dancers, State Farm Insurance Agent Dave Frederickson’s band The Clusters and Broadway Armory Park Park District Supervisor Nick Boijko’s band Dr. Zylo & The Brainiacs. Other highlights include a dog costume parade hosted by Bark Bark Club, and karaoke on the south stage on Saturday night. EdgeFest runs from noon to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 2 and from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 3. For more information, including a complete music schedule, visit edgewater.org/edgefest.

Ally Brisbin is the Marketing and Events Coordinator for the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce.


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