ChillFest Returns to Chicago's Wicker Park and Bucktown November 14

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Over 60 Musicians to Turn Local Businesses into Acoustic Capital! Free Music Festival Presented by Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce Showcases Artistic Roots of Historic Neighborhood.

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The neighborhood’s creative and entrepreneurial spirit is on display for everyone to enjoy.

Chicago’s biggest interconnected neighborhood music fest makes its way through Wicker Park and Bucktown for a third consecutive run on Saturday, November 14. Presented by Lagunitas Brewing Company, ChillFest 2015 returns with over 60 local musicians of all genres playing live, acoustic sets in over 20 unconventional locations, everything from boutiques to restaurants to galleries. The extraordinary day celebrates the live music history and artistic roots of Wicker Park and Bucktown, while at the same time showcasing the unique business settings throughout the neighborhood.

“ChillFest is a great way to explore Wicker Park and Bucktown,” said Erik Harmon, Executive Director at the Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce. “The neighborhood’s creative and entrepreneurial spirit is on display for everyone to enjoy.”

To date, ChillFest has generated buzz all over Chicago, gaining front page recognition and exposure on most major networks. The 2015 edition of ChillFest aims to make another big splash, with organizers estimating thousands of music lovers to turn out for the most distinct neighborhood-wide fest. The setup is straightforward; every participating venue will stage four or more musicians (or musical groups) in a dedicated portion of their space on November 14 from 12 pm to 6 pm. Venues will be open for business to the general public, who can stop, shop and listen as long as they please (no tickets necessary, this is a free event). Curated by the Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce, each artist will play one acoustic 20 to 60-minute set that is matched to the ambiance of the host venue. All artists will go through a thorough selection process.

Like in years past, a blow-out after party open to the public will take place following the fest (after party tickets and location TBA at During the day, presenting sponsor Lagunitas plans to provide complimentary brews to musicians, work with participating venues to present “tap takeovers” throughout the weekend, and add interactive elements to the official ChillFest after party.

For up-to-date performance schedules and a list of participating venues, visit

About the Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce:
The Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce serves as a cornerstone of the Wicker Park and Bucktown commercial districts, advancing the financial goals of neighborhood businesses through the creation of a dynamic economic climate, increasing the neighborhood's visibility and viability, and encouraging profitable relationships within the community. Find out more at

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