Fans pack around the north stage as Guided by Voices performs at Lincoln Square Roots Fest on July 9, 2022. Credit: Colin Boyle/Block Club Chicago

LINCOLN SQUARE — The 11th Annual Square Roots Festival is taking over Lincoln Square this weekend.

The festival will take place on Lincoln Avenue between Montrose and Wilson avenues from 5-10 p.m. Friday, noon-10 p.m. Saturday and noon-9 p.m. Sunday.

Square Roots Festival is known for producing one of the most unique lineups in the local street fest scene as well as featuring an assortment of Chicago craft breweries.

This year’s music lineup includes headliners Superchunk, Real Estate and Momma, the Los Angeles-based indie group that is stepping in for X, the band that withdrew from the lineup due to a medical issue.

Chicago-based acts on the lineup include Slow Pulp and Eleventh Dream Day.

The lineup expands to a traditional mariachi performance from Mariachi Cuatros Vientos, a Brazilian samba parade and Niger-based “desert blues” ensemble Etran de L’Aïr.

New to this year’s fest is live band karaoke, where attendees can join some of Old Town School of Folk Music’s teaching artists on stage inside the school’s building at 4545 N. Lincoln Ave. A song list and sign-up for karaoke slots is available on the festival’s website.

DEHD performs at Lincoln Square Roots Fest on July 9, 2022. Credit: Colin Boyle/Block Club Chicago

Local breweries including Half Acre Beer Company, Dovetail Brewery and Pilot Project will showcase over 30 of their craft brews at the festival. In lieu of a single beer garden, select breweries will be bringing their taprooms to the festival by constructing mini-lounges for patrons to sip and sit.

Everything from housewares to clothing will be available from various local vendors and a designated kid zone will be packed with family-friendly activities.

With 50-plus musical acts, multiple breweries and craft vendors, the festival’s variety has something for everyone, said Ruby Flores, chief executive of the Lincoln Square Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce.

The chamber produces the street fest with the Old Town School of Folk Music, the renowned music organization that hosts concerts at its Lincoln Avenue building.

“We have something for everyone from dancing in the street, joining the samba parade through the festival, drinking some of Chicago’s best craft brews and cocktails, eating some amazing food and shopping some of the area’s best vendors,” Flores said.

All proceeds from the festival will go directly to supporting the Lincoln Square Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce and the Old Town School of Folk Music. 

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