Andersonville Midsommarfest kicks off Chicago's festival season this weekend

Wed. June 6, 2018 2:43 PM by News Staff

andersonville midsommarfest, 2017

photo credit // anthony meade

Chicago Equality Rally on Sunday, June 10 to coincide with Andersonville Midsommarfest

Chicago, IL - Midsommarfest returns to Andersonville for its 53rd year this weekend, bringing with it two days and three nights of music and shopping, food and drink to help kick off the Chicago summer neighborhood street festival season. 

Last year's event drew an estimated 50,000 people to the six blocks of Clark St. between Foster and Catalpa that make up the heart of this far-north neighborhood, known for its Swedish heritage and current identity as a more relaxed alternative to Boystown.

The street festival opens Friday, June 8 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. featuring two entertainment stages - including 16 Candles on the North Stage (Catalpa & Clark St.) at 8 p.m. - and a smaller selection of booths and vendors located along Clark Street from Summerdale to Catalpa.

Midsommarfest goes full blast on Saturday, June 9 and Sunday, June 10 from 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. along Clark St. from Foster to Catalpa with two dozen food vendors offering international fare and festival favorites, local artists, and five entertainments stages featuring festival favorites Catfight, Rod Tuff Curls & the Bench Press, Abba Salute and more.

Additional entertainment includes the Chicago Gay Men's Chorus and the Chicago Spirit Brigade. 

The Pride Stage, sponsored by Hamburger Mary's, Replay, Mary's Attic and Elixir, returns to the corner of Clark St. and Balmoral with DJ Laura B. and Moose the DJ, plus the Cabaret Brunch featuring Jason Fein.

On Sunday at Noon, Chicago's LGBT community and allies will gather at the Pride Stage for the second annual Chicago Equality Rally. Speakers are slated to include lesbian Chicago mayoral candidate Lori Lightfoot, LGBTQ-rights activist Rick Garcia, openly gay state Rep. Greg Harris and Chicago Ald. Harry Osterman.

Admission to Andersonville Midsommarfest is a $10 suggested donation, with proceeds benefiting the work of the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce. A portion of the gate donations will also benefit Chicago Filmmakers, Chicago Smelts and Senn High School.

Midsommarfest Schedule: Friday, June 8 | Saturday, June 9 | Sunday, June 10