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West Fest Chicago 2020 CANCELED

April 13 2020
Given the growing concerns around COVID-19, the West Town Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors made the difficult decision to cancel the following 2020 summer festivals: Do Division Street Fest, West Fest Chicago, and Chicago Brewing District’s Dancing in the Streets

The health and safety of the community, festival patrons, vendors, performers, and everyone who works to put these events together is of paramount importance to our organization. The 2020 fall and winter West Town Chamber events are still being planned as scheduled until future safety guidelines are released.

We still plan to celebrate summer in West Town with you, as we’ve done for years, and will be sharing additional plans on our upcoming virtual and digital programming soon.


We also plan to bring back West Fest Chicago in 2021!

2021 DATES*:

Friday, July 9th 5pm-10pm
Saturday & Sunday, July 10th & 11th 12pm-10pm

West Fest Chicago is an annual street festival in Chicago’s West Town Community on Chicago Avenue between Damen Avenue and Wood Street (1800W - 2000W Chicago Ave. Chicago IL 60622) presented by the West Town Chicago Chamber of Commerce.

What makes West Fest Chicago so unique? Since 2004 West Fest Chicago stands out from the rest because it is locally planned and managed by the West Town Chamber of Commerce, thus the emphasis is on local offerings and local talent. West Fest Chicago features neighborhood retailers and restaurants, fine artists, crafters, and more. The event reflects the eclectic and hip West Town community, and is also known for cutting edge live music and Chicago House DJs.

The West Fest Chicago live music stage is booked by Empty Bottle Presents and features current and diverse original live music. The West Fest Chicago DJ Stage showcases high profile local, national, and International DJs with an emphasis on Chicago House with Mark Farina, Jesse De La Pena and Derrick Carter regularly featured.

“There is something for everyone at West Fest Chicago. The family and dog friendly atmosphere and activities are a great fit for the West Town neighborhood.” 

West Fest Chicago features two specialty fests within the fest: Kid Fest and Pet Fest.

Pet Fest is 12-6pm Saturday and Sunday sponsored by Canine Crews. Pet Fest features a charity dog wash, dog obstacle course, paw painting, pet retail booths; plus various pet related demonstrations throughout the day, pet services booths, local veterinarians and canine therapists. All proceeds benefit Alive Rescue and One Tail at a Time, and goodie bags for those humans whom donate or purchase.

Kid Fest is 12-7pm on Saturday and Sunday and is organized by and benefits Talcott Fine Arts & Museum Academy. Kid Fest takes place on an adjacent street (Wolcott Street between Chicago Avenue and Rice Street) within the fest site and offers quality children and family activities including train rides, bounce houses, an inflatable super slide, pony rides, carnival games, kid friendly vendors, and a kid's stage with live family friendly music.

There is a $5 donation requested to attend West Fest Chicago. Proceeds benefit local non-profits including the West Town Chicago Chamber of Commerce and Talcott Fine Arts and Museum Academy.  The West Town Chamber of Commerce, a 501 C6 non-profit serving the community, produces the event and is the primary benefactor. 100% of Pet Fest activity proceeds benefit local animal shelters, and 100% of Kid Fest activity proceeds benefit Talcott Fine Arts and Museum Academy.

Optional Donation & Security at Entrance Gates
The $5 suggested donation is optional. During the event hours, all persons entering the festival site must enter through our entrance gate areas and our gate staff and local volunteers will suggest the donation, however it is not required to enter.

For the safety and security of our event site, all persons will be subject to security bag checks at the entrance areas. Please be patient and understanding if you have to wait in line, we are trying to ensure the safety of all patrons.

Getting to West Fest Chicago

West Fest Chicago takes place on Chicago Avenue between Damen Avenue and Wood Street. The address at Damen and Chicago Avenue is 2000 W. Chicago Avenue for navigational purposes. There is FREE Bike Parking at West Fest Chicago and the event is easily accessible by public transportation via the #66 CTA Chicago Avenue BUS and/or the closest El Train stops are the Blue Line at Division or at Chicago Avenue. Vehicle street parking nearby the fest is also available.

For more information, please email info@westtownchamber.org or call 312-850-9390. 

Like West Fest Chicago on Facebook at facebook.com/westfestchicago.


*2021 Festival permits and approvals are pending. Dates are subject to change.