Chsoen Few Old School Reunion Picnic

Tabatha Taggart dances at the Chosen Few Old School Reunion Picnic house music festival. (Brian Cassella / Chicago Tribune / July 5, 2013)

Fourth of July means most people have an extra weekend day to celebrate America's independence through the consumption of grilled meats and the creation of small explosions. USA! After the beers have been drank and the sparklers have been ... sparkled, there still are two full days to enjoy the weekend's fests. The five-fest lineup this week includes house music celebration Chosen Few Old School Reunion Picnic, Taste of Lakeview, Windy City Ribfest, Riverwest Music Festival and International Festival of Life. Put on that Stars-and-Stripes tank top and get out there, Chicago. | @redeyeeatdrink


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Chosen Few Old School Reunion Picnic

When: 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday

Where: Jackson Park, 6401 S. Stony Island Ave.

How much: $20 general admission tickets; packages from $125 at; GA tickets available at the door

Don't miss: This popular annual gathering on the lakefront celebrates Chicago's long history as a house music incubator with non-stop DJ sets and musical guests. This year, Jocelyn Brown joins Chosen Few DJs Wayne Williams, Alan King and Tony Hatchett with special appearances from Pharris Thomas and DJ Lil John.

Windy City Ribfest

When: Noon-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday; noon-9 p.m. Sunday

Where: Lawrence Avenue and Broadway

How much: $5 suggested donation; $40 food and drink packages available at

Don't miss: It's all about the barbecue (and beer and music) at this three-day Uptown fest. Order a la carte quarter, half and full slabs for $15-$25 from vendors including Chicago BBQ Company, Famous Dave's, Porky Chicks BBQ and more--and don't forget sides like coleslaw and cornbread. Wash that down with offerings from local craft breweries such as Ale Syndicate, Local Option and others. A stage will host rock, pop and indie acts as well as cover bands.

Taste of Lakeview

When: Noon-10 p.m. Saturday; noon-9 p.m. Sunday

Where: Lincoln and Belmont avenues

How much: $5 suggested donation

Don't miss: Eat your way around an entire neighborhood in just a few hours with food for purchase from Jet's Pizza, Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro, The Pony, Falafill, Temple Bar and others. Four of the city's best-known cover bands—16 Candles (7 p.m. Sunday), Too White Crew (8 p.m. Saturday), Hairbangers Ball (7 p.m. Sunday) and Wedding Banned (8 p.m. Saturday)—headline across two stages.

Riverwest Music Festival

When: 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Friday-Sunday

Where: 1111 N. Elston Ave.

How much: Single-day tickets $69.99; three-day passes $169.99 available at

Don't miss: Skipped Spring Awakening? Still mourning the loss of Wavefront? Fill the hole in your EDM-loving heart with this brand-new three-day fest dedicated to electronic music. Major acts spread across multiple stages include Adrian Lux (8:30 p.m. Friday), The Martinez Brothers (6 p.m. Friday) and Loco Dice (8:30 p.m. Friday).

International Festival Of Life

When: 4-10 p.m. Thursday; noon-10 p.m. Friday-Sunday

Where: Union Park, 1501 W. Randolph St.

How much: Single-day tickets $15-$20; 4-day pass from $55 with VIP options available; all tickets at

Don't miss: This 22nd annual festival celebrating African-Caribbean cultures returns to Union Park for four days of music, dance, fashion, food and a 3-on-3 soccer tournament. Musician Tito Puente Jr. and his orchestra kick the weekend off (9 p.m. Thursday), while reggae band Third World (8:30 p.m. Friday), pop artist Kevin Lyttle (9 p.m. Saturday) and reggae artist Luciano (8:30 p.m. Sunday) headline each evening.


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