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Lincoln Square’s Apple Fest Returns In October

The two-day festival starts Oct. 2 on Lincoln Avenue and will expand to Wilson Avenue for the first time.

Vendors like Mick Klug Farm from Michigan will sell apple-inspired food, drinks and other goods at the in-person and online Lincoln Square Ravenswood Apple Fest this weekend.
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LINCOLN SQUARE — Lincoln Square’s first major festival since the pandemic will be Apple Fest in October.

The two-day festival will kick off 9 a.m. Oct. 2 on Lincoln Avenue between Lawrence and Wilson avenues. It will feature vendors selling apple-inspired items, arts and crafts, craft beers and hard ciders, apple cider and caramel apples. Attendees can also take home a bushel of apples from local farms. 

Apple Fest is expanding onto Wilson for the first time. That was planned last year, as well, but the 2020 event was canceled because of the pandemic. The added space this year will allow organizers more room to manage the crowds that come from across the city.

The event will have programs for kids, and there will be a main stage with music, said Nicole Benjamin, the Lincoln Square Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce’s director of special events. 

“We’re working on such a popular event and we’re super excited to bring it back,” Benjamin said.

Details are still being finalized for the full line-up of events. For the latest information, visit the chamber’s website.

The city and the rest of Illinois reopened Friday without capacity restrictions at businesses and events. But several neighborhood organizations have called off their 2021 festivals, saying they can’t stage those events with only weeks to prepare instead of months.

The Lincoln Square Ravenswood chamber has only hosted smaller events this year, like its farmers markets. Starting June 26, the chamber will also start hosting an artisan and makers market at Ainslie Arts Plaza, 4844 N. Lincoln Ave.

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