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Fest planner: Wicker Park Fest, Beer Camp Across America, more

By Kate Bernot, RedEye

7:12 PM CDT, July 22, 2014

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You've had a few days to recover from Pitchfork, so you should be plenty rested in time to do the fest thing all over again. The lineup this week includes some perennial favorites: Wicker Park Fest, Jeff Fest and Taste of Lincoln Avenue, plus the debut Chicago stop of Sierra Nevada's Beer Camp Across America, a roving beer tour coming to Navy Pier. Whether it's eating, drinking, listening to some music or catching some aerial dance, take your pick from these four weekend options. kbernot@tribune.com | @redeeyeatdrink

#GETFESTED

Each week, we issue you a mini-challenge to complete at a street fest and ask you tag it #getfested on Instagram. Big high fives to @goodeatschicago, who took some colorful, delicious-looking shots at Taste of River North. (If it was up to us, our Instagram feed would be full of nothing but tacos and cheese curds.) This weekend, show us an awesome nighttime shot—we want to see lights, colors, stages, the whole thing. Don't forget to use the tag #getfested for the chance to appear in RedEye.

 

Sierra Nevada's Beer Camp Across America

When: Noon-5 p.m. Sunday

Where: Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave.

How much: $65 tickets available at sierranevada.ticketleap.com/bcaa-midwest

Don't miss: This multi-state beer tour organized by California brewery Sierra Nevada makes its Midwest stop to pour beers from 116 local, regional and national breweries. With so many options, make sure to head straight for the rarely-seen-in-Chicago offerings from Cigar City, New Glarus, Boulevard, Firestone Walker and others.
 

Wicker Park Fest

When: Noon-10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Where: Milwaukee Avenue between North Avenue and Paulina Street

How much: $5 suggested donation

Don't miss: The popular fest returns for an 11th year, expecting to draw 70,000 people to a busy, eclectic stretch of Wicker Park. The main attraction is the musical lineup across three stages, which this year includes Reverend Horton Heat (8:30 p.m. Saturday), RJD2 (9 p.m. Saturday), Woods (8:45 p.m. Sunday) and Diarrhea Planet (7:45 p.m. Sunday). Also keep an eye out for art installations, including a huge flashing neon and steel sculpture called "Eye Candy" created by John Bannon.

 

Taste of Lincoln Avenue

When: Noon-10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Where: Lincoln Avenue between Fullerton Street and Wrightwood Avenue

How much: $8 suggested donation

Don't miss: Prepare for food, drinks, crafts and more than 25 musical acts spread across three stages. The Gin Blossoms headline (8:30 p.m. Saturday)—remember that song "Hey Jealousy"? (Don't play, we know you know the words.) Also keep an ear out for Rusted Root (8:30 p.m. Sunday) and Mr. Blotto (6:30 p.m. Sunday). Before you head to the stages, browse the artwork and crafts on display from two dozen artists at the Lill Street Craft Fair, located on Lill Street between Halsted Street and Lincoln Avenue.
 

Jeff Fest

When: 6-11 p.m. Friday, noon-11 p.m. Saturday, noon-10 p.m. Sunday

Where: Jefferson Memorial Park, 4822 N. Long Ave.

How much: $7 admission ($5 before 5 p.m.)

Don't miss: Jefferson Park welcomes back its popular neighborhood fest, which offers three days of music, beer, food and art. Grab a cold one from Lagunitas or Lake Effect breweries, snack on ribs and grilled corn from Gale Street Inn and settle in for performances by indie pop rockers The Bad Examples (9:30 p.m. Saturday), country act Brushville (6:30 p.m. Sunday) and cover band Shape-Shifter (8:30 p.m. Friday).

 

See RedEye's full summer festival weekend schedule at redeyechicago.com/fests.