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Summer On Southport Festival To Benefit Southport Neighbors Association

(Photo Credit: Southport Neighbor's Association)

Wrigleyville isn’t just home to Cubs games this summer. It’s also the home of the Summer on Southport Festival. After a two-year hiatus, the festival returned last year and is bigger and better this year! For only a $5 donation, you can eat local food, hear great bands, and entertain the whole family. With the summer heat, it’s best to arrive after the sun goes down. The Summer on Southport Festival covers three spacious blocks, so the fest gives you plenty of room to walk around with the family. The festival draws a good-sized crowd, but is never too crowded. You can even bring your pets if you want!

The kids can enjoy their own festival fun at the 10th annual Children’s Festival with mini -golf, a rock wall to climb, and balloon artists.  They can get their faces painted by Fanciful Faces. Children can also watch students perform from SPACE (Southport Performing Arts Conservatory), a dance studio in the North Side neighborhood. Your kids wil also love the music of Ralph’s World, children’s music performer Ralph Covert.

The festival will have a lot of entertaining performers. On the North Stage is Edwin McCain ( who sang the soft rock classic ”I’ll Be”). There will also be performances from the famed Second City comedy troupe. The South stage will festure local band Curbside. Relive high school memories with Hairbanger’s Ball, a band that covers 80’s songs from bands like Bon Jovi and Poison.

The Summer on Southport Festival is not only a lot of fun, but does a lot of good for the neighborhood. Donations to the festival go the Southport Neighbors Association, whose Granting Program helps neighborhood schools like Blaine School. Come to the Summer on Southport Festival in a beautiful neighborhood and have an affordable, fun weekend.

Sponsors include Wendy’s, Miller Lite, Chicago Tribune, Natalie G. Heinman Smart Love Preschool, Fresh 105.9 (WCFS-FM),  The Mix 101.9 ( WTMX-FM), K-Hits 104.3 (WJMK-FM), Clifbar Energy Bar, Airoom Remodeling, Sweet Leaf Tea Company, and AT Home Improvements.


Saturday July 30, 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Sunday July 31, 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

Children’s Festival:
Saturday July 30, 11:00 am-5:00 pm
Sunday July 31, 11:00 am-5:00pm

3700 N. Southport
Chicago, IL 60613

Adults: $ 5 suggested donation
Kids enter free

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