ROGERS PARK — Two popular Rogers Park street festivals are taking place this summer after putting on alternative events last year due to the pandemic.
The Glenwood Avenue Arts Festival and the Chalk Howard Street will return this year, the Rogers Park Business Alliance announced this week. The festivals took place last year but in different forms.
To avoid crowding, the Glenwood Avenue Arts Fest last summer transformed into a parade of bands and video art that snaked through the neighborhood. The Chalk Howard Street festival was originally canceled last year before making a comeback as a recurring virtual event.
This year, the Glenwood Avenue Arts Festival will make a return as an in-person event Aug. 20-22 at Glenwood and Morse avenues near the Morse Red Line station. The event is free and open to the public.
The festival will have 90 artists and vendors plus 20 musical acts. That Saturday and Sunday will have the “outdoor festival,” which will bring artists and craftworkers to Glenwood Avenue.
Coronavirus guidelines will be enforced and will be publicly announced closer to the fest, organizers said. For more on the event, click here.
The Chalk Howard Street festival will return for its third year but will keep its coronavirus changes.
The event will kick off July 23 and will run 11 a.m.-noon every other Friday through Oct. 29, according to the Rogers Park Business Alliance. It will take place virtually and will be streamed on the Howard Street Instagram page.
During the event, 3D chalk artist Nate Baranowski will create tabletop chalk drawings of meals and products from Howard Street businesses. Eight businesses will participate in the program, and there will be interviews with business owners.
The Chalk Howard Street festival began in 2019 and brought internationally known 3D chalk artists to decorate the main stretch of Howard Street in Rogers Park.
For more on Chalk Howard Street, click here.
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