by Tosten Burks
Wicker Park Fest comes to a close today with a great lineup that includes Ted Leo and Secret Colours, both Soundboard-endorsed. The former, Kevin Warwick says, "writes adroit, melodic indie-leaning pop-punk songs that would sound just as natural blasting from a dingy basement as they would soundtracking a TV car commercial." Miles Rymer writes that the latter's latest album, Peach, has "an airiness to the production, an increased emphasis on rhythm, and a certain loony feel to the whole venture that’s reminiscent of the Madchester scene’s more rock-oriented groups."
It seems like a crime that Chicagoans should have to go to another state to celebrate the noble pierogi and its friends paczki and halupki, but actually, Whiting, Indiana, home of the Pierogi Festival, is just across the state line. So grab your polka shoes, get your picture taken with life-size anthropomorphic pastry, and stuff your face.
Taste of Lincoln Avenue celebrates its 30th anniversary this weekend with over 250 vendors and three stages of music featuring Loverboy, Gemini Club, Porn and Chicken, and more. Headquarters Beercade also hosts a craft beer garden with 25 free-to-play classic arcade games.
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