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Explore Albany Park’s Music, Art, Architecture (And More) At Mosaic Festival This Weekend

Neighbors can enjoy a Brick of Chicago walking tour, tamale contest and arts parade at events through Sunday.

Mosaic kicked off with musical performances Thursday.
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ALBANY PARK — Mosaic Albany Park Arts Festival is showcasing the neighborhood’s arts community all weekend.

The weekend festival is a guided tour of Albany Park that features a variety of events, including a comedy showcase and architectural scavenger hunt.

“Albany Park is endowed with a lot of great restaurants. But we’re also trying to let people know about the arts and culture community that exists here, we wanted to celebrate them as well,” said Alexa Schutz, a program coordinator at the North River Commission

Here’s a highlight of the fest’s events: 


-8 p.m., “Southern Gothic” at Windy City Playhouse, 3014 W. Irving Park Road. Buy tickets ($100) online here, 25 percent discount for neighborhood residents. 

-8-9:30 p.m., Comedy Showcase at The Kedzie Inn, 4100 N. Kedzie Ave., featuring Luke Swanson, Carly Ballerini and more comedians. Cost: Free, suggested donation $5

-8:30-11 p.m., Pool Tournament at Surge Coffee Bar & Billards, 3241 N. Montrose Ave. The night’s winner will take home a trophy & one-of-a-kind art by local makers. Cost: $10 at check-in 

-9 p.m., Live Music at Montrose Saloon, 2933 W. Montrose Ave.  Cost: $5 cover 


-Noon-6 p.m., North Park Art Walk, Bryn Mawr Avenue between Kedzie and Kimball, featuring local art, kid’s activities and live music. Cost: Free, suggested donation 

-Noon-4 p.m., Mobile Arts Parade and Pop-Up from Ronan Park River Trail Plaza to 4654 N. Kedzie Ave., featuring a parade, music and free art workshops. Cost: Free 

-4-6 p.m., Architecture Scavenger Hunt, starts at Rojo Gusano, 3850 W. Lawrence Ave. Register for the hunt here. Cost: Free, suggested donation 

-8-10 p.m., 2nd Story Performance and Cocktail Pairings at Nighthawk Chicago, 4744 N. Kimball Ave., featuring stories by 2nd Story company members Martinique Hallerduff, Karla Estella Rivera and Nicholas Ward and cocktails from mixologist Danny Ong. Cost: $10 cover 


-Noon-6 p.m., North Park Art Walk, Bryn Mawr Avenue between Kedzie and Kimball, featuring local art, kid’s activities and live music. Cost: Free, suggested donation 

-2-4 p.m., Brick of Chicago Walking Tour, starts at Nighthawk Chicago, 4744 N. Kimball Ave. Led by photographer Will Quam, this walking tour will unlock the beauty and remarkable stories behind the houses, apartments, and storefronts that call Albany Park home. Cost: $12, tickets can be purchased online. 

-5-7 p.m., Tamale Contest at Tortuga’s Latin Kitchen, 3224 W. Lawrence Ave. Five cocineras from different regions of Guatemala compete for the title of La Tamale Reina, as decided by a panel of expert judges and the popular vote. All proceeds from the night will help raise funds for Abrazos, an organization that provides backpacks and books to Guatemalan school kids. Advanced registration required, register by calling the restaurant at 773-961-8414. Cost: Free, suggested donation 

-6-8 p.m. “Algren” screening at The Kedzie Inn, 4100 N. Kedzie Ave. The festival will close out with a screening of the 2014 documentary about the life of Nelson Algren, who was a resident of Albany Park during his childhood. The screening will include an introduction by filmmaker Michael Caplan. Cost: Free 

Festival schedule 

More information on the fest’s full weekend of programs can be found here. 

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