West Fest

Dates: TBAWest Fest
Location: On Chicago Avenue between Damen Avenue and Wood Street
Hours: Friday: 5PM-10PM; Saturday & Sunday 12N-10PM
Attendance: 40,000
Demographics: Young, educated, sophisticated urban professionals; artists and musicians.
Admission: Free
Theme: Summer party!

• National music headliners on Mainstage produced by Empty Bottle Productions
• DJ Stage produced by BassByThePound featuring some the country’s top DJ’s.
• PetFest
• PupFest
• More than 100 food and merchandise vendors


West Fest- local’s the thing!
If there is a street festival in Chicago that accurately reflects its surrounding community- West Fest would be it. ‘Urban sophistication’ is the watch phrase to describe this colorful, eclectic and lively event. West Fest is a three-day party that offers continuous high quality entertainment for young sophisticated urbanites- artists and musicians- and hipsters and even their pets. And just like the community it celebrates, there is nothing cookie-cutter about West Fest. Each element of the festival contains a local, homegrown element.

For starters- the music is produced by Empty Bottle Productions, a fact that guarantees a musical line-up that will thoroughly satisfy even the most cutting-edge of musical tastes –and one that will rival any festival in the city for sheer quality and imagination. Headliners in the past have included world renowned bands: Los Campesinos!, John Maus, Ex Hex, ESG, Speedy Ortiz, Local H, Royal Headaches, The Meat Puppets, The Ponys, Redwalls, Califone, King Kahn, The Black Lips, Tortoise, The Oblivians, Murder City Devils, Dead MMoon, Joey Purp and more.

In addition to the Empty Bottle Mainstage- the West Fest DJ Stage has showcased world renowned local and international DJs with an emphasis on Chicago House. DJs Derrick Carter and Mark Farina are regular headliners and always gets the huge crowd moving.

The festival’s emphasis on ‘local’ and ‘unique’ is underscored by the variety of more than 80 neighborhood artists, restaurants and shops that set up booths to offer the best of West Town food and merchandise. Attendees from outside the area get a real sampling of all the treasures that this neighborhood has to offer.

Events & Venues

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January Events

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February Events

Randolph Street Market

March Events

St Paddys Day Run

May Events

American Brain Tumor Walk
The Lucky 13
Do Division
Southwest Half Marathon
San Diego Taco Fest
Randolph Street Market
Taste of Mexico
Belmont-Sheffield Music Festival
Sheffield Music Festival
Lincoln Park Greek Fest

November Events

Polish Independence 10K Run/Walk
Randolph Street Market

Year Round Opportunities

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Sponsorship Opportunity

Sponsorship of this high quality, cutting edge event gives your company direct exposure to 40,000 young, upscale, educated, white-collar urban professionals and families in a relaxed and friendly environment.


Sponsorship Benefits Menu includes but is not limited to:
• Naming rights to the event.
• Naming rights to event components including stages.
• Category exclusivity.
• Logo inclusion in print ads, collateral and internet.
• Corporate banner placement (sponsor provides).
• Sales and sampling rights.
• On-site activation with varying footprint sizes.
• Customized promotions.