Bring your shades and sunscreen for summer’s real start in the city! This weekend the return of the Belmont Sheffield Music Festival will usher in what is expected to be a hot and sunny Memorial Day Weekend. This festival, now in its 28th year, is, as its name declares, all about music. From local to regional acts, both days are filled with a variety of sounds from the main stage. Although loaded with well loved pop/rock cover bands, the festival includes a Weezer tribute band, hip hop artists, kid rockers and even some funky R&B. Here is this year’s schedule:
Saturday, May 26
12:30 p.m. 2nd Generation Pilots
2:00 p.m. Our Name Is Jonas
4:00 p.m. Stache
5:30 p.m. Dot Dot Dot
8:00 p.m. Wedding Banned
Sunday, May 27
Noon School of Rock
1:30 p.m. A Thousand Julys
3:30 p.m. Your Villain, My Hero
6:00 p.m. Infinity
8:30 p.m. Trippin’ Billies
The main stage is located just up the street from the Old Chicago Inn, north of the intersection of School Street and Sheffield Avenue. In addition to the music, the festival offers an assortment of vendors. There are plenty of local restaurants showcasing their fare this weekend and lots of craft vendors as well. I’m especially happy to see local business Bottle and Bottega joining the festival this year. They will have a booth set up where attendees can paint their own 6×6 canvas for just $5. What a great souvenir for your stay in the city this weekend ~ your own masterpiece painted at a Chicago street festival!
And don’t forget to check out our sister business, Trader Todd’s, just two doors south of the Inn. You can also join the fun by taking the Karaoke stage at Trader Todd’s where you can serenade the crowds from their cafe. Then you will have bragging rights, a la Ferris Bueller, to tell your friends that you sang at a Chicago street festival during your visit. As usual you will be able to use your meal vouchers at Trader Todd’s over the weekend, but we recommend arriving early for a table as reservations are not accepted during the festival weekend.
Guests of the Inn are able to come and go as usual and will be provided with courtesy passes for the gate entrances. Our street will be closed to all but pedestrian traffic from late Friday night to very early Monday morning. Please be sure to ask your innkeeper David about parking restrictions if you are bringing your vehicle and planning to street park. Please call ahead for assistance at check in if you are arriving over the weekend.
The proceeds from the festival benefit the Central Lakeview Merchants Association which provides a variety of services to our neighborhood including street cleaning and beautification. For more festival information click here.
Throughout the summer there a many festivals on any given weekend so if you are interested in experiencing this Chicago tradition please ask your innkeeper for a list of current festivals and their locations. Once again Happy Summer, Happy Festing!