We’re Ready to Rock Memorial Day Weekend!

It’s been a long, cold spring and Chicagoans are ready to get outside and welcome summer.  Next weekend we hope you’ll join us in doing just that, as the Belmont Sheffield Music Festival returns on Saturday and Sunday May 25 & 26.   This festival, now in its 29th 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 popular Dave Mathews tribute band, a hip hop/rap group and even some kid rockers.   Here is this year’s schedule:

12:30pm – School of Rock Chicago
(kids’ rock) 
2:00pm – The Partyhardigans
4:00pm – 7th Heaven
6:00pm – Liquid Soul
8:00pm – Trippin Billies
(Dave Matthews Band tribute)
Noon – 2nd Generation Pilots
(Hip Hop/Rap) 
1:30pm – Hot Sauce Committee
(90’s music) 
3:30pm – Journey Recaptured
(Journey tribute) 
6:00pm – Dot Dot Dot
8:30pm – Wedding Banned


The year the festival will have two stages  located just up the street from the Old Chicago Inn,  at 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.  New to the festival this year, and new to Chicago too, Jet’s Pizza will be serving up some thick slices of pizza pie this year.  In the past I’ve blogged about all the wonderful pizza options we have in Lakeview, from Leona’s to Giordanos, and now we have what my husband lovingly refers to as “Detroit-style Pie” to choose from too.  Being from the motor city himself,  Jet’s is close to his ideal of a thick crust, heavy with tomato sauce and edges that are close to caramelized, typical of the pizzerias in the Detroit area.

And don’t forget to check out our sister business, Trader Todd’s,  just two doors south of the Inn.   You can  join the fun by taking the Karaoke stage at Trader Todd’s where you can serenade the crowds from their cafe.   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!

One Response to “We’re Ready to Rock Memorial Day Weekend!”

  1. Danielle Babiarz
    May 22, 2013 at 9:50 am #

    Sooo….”Detroit Style Pizza”: Jet’s is a decent substitute, but not quite what you get in the Motor City (suburbs.) If you and Todd are ever in the Detroit area at the same time we are, we’ll take you to THE BEST Detroit Style pizza place ever. Jim actually was kind of happy Jet’s fell short because it would have ruined the mystique.

    We’ll be there for karaoke on Sunday…even if we have to wear rain gear.

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