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Grassroots event showcases the uniquely Avondale arts scene

Chicago, IL –The highly anticipated arts and culture festival A Day In Avondale returns Saturday, September 26 from 11am to 6pm on an extended stretch of Milwaukee Avenue between Kimball and Belmont. Now in its fourth year, festival organizers expanded the size of the free and family-friendly event to allow more businesses and artists to participate.

“There’s an increasing awareness about A Day in Avondale and we’ve seen an uptick in the number of local artists and businesses interested in taking part,” says festival coordinator Jennifer Hyman. “The festival highlights the unique aspects of our neighborhood, including our Polish and Eastern European roots, Latin American flavor, and strong artistic bent, and we’re excited to introduce festivalgoers to more of what makes Avondale such a vibrant place to live or visit.”

Unlike typical festivals, A Day in Avondale is produced in a grassroots style with events developed by and featuring local businesses, arts organizations and independent artists.

“As Avondale continues to grow, we think it’s important to maintain the community feel of the neighborhood,” says Emily Taylor of the Avondale Neighborhood Association. “To that end, we’re dedicated to keeping our festival a truly local affair showcasing the people and places that call Avondale home.”

The event will feature music and theatrical performances in various parks and venues, food and drink specials at area restaurants, hands-on arts and crafts, and dozens of works by local artists. 2015 A Day In Avondale highlights include:

  • FrankenToy Mobile workshops in front of Corner Art Gallery, 2912 N. Milwaukee Ave., where children and adults reuse toys to build original creations.
  • “Moe-waukee Fest,” live bands, a carpentry contest, arts & crafts sale and more at Moe’s Tavern, 2937 N. Milwaukee Ave.
  • Live music, including Bassel and the Supernaturals in Fireman’s Park, 2800 N. Kimball Ave.
  • Live performances by Mr. Fluxus from Two Light Theater at Woodard Plaza
  • Exhibit from the Northwest Arts Connection, curated by Enrique Morales, at Hairpin Arts Center

A Day in Avondale is produced by The Avondale Neighborhood Association and is part of Chicago Artists month 2015, the 20th annual celebration of Chicago’s vibrant art community presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. For more information, visit

Click here to donate to the event.

Here are some photos from last year’s event!

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