What makes a community festival great? It’s getting a wide variety of neighborhood, school and other nonprofit organizations involved in the event. The Jefferson Park Chamber of Commerce is fortunate that this community is filled with dedicated, hard-working individuals who volunteer on many different levels to make Jefferson Park a better place to work, live and play. By coming together to put on this festival, it demonstrates a collaborative spirit about this community. Special thanks to Eva Skowronski of the Jefferson Park Neighborhood Association and Rolando Rodriguez of Jefferson Park Forward for taking a lead role on the chamber’s Jeff Fest Committee. The chamber also would like to thank the Jefferson Memorial Park Advisory Council and the park’s great supervisor, Andrea Woppel, for their assistance with the festival, and the Chicago Creative Coalition for bringing back its PhotoArt Fest to Jeff Fest. This photo exhibit is a highlight for many fest-goers. And what about our friends at Fringe Fest, which comes to the Lawrence-Milwaukee business district in early September? They will be conducting story time for kids at 4:45 pm on Saturday on the Community Stage.
The following organizations which will be volunteering in the beer tents, and during their designated shifts, your gracious tips will be donated to these groups. So please stop by and say “hi” to these hardworking individuals – they all live and/or work in your community!!
Beer Tent Volunteers
6 to 9:30 pm Friday:
NW Chicago Historical Society
Congregational Church of Jefferson Park
Saturday 2 to 5:45 pm:
Eden United Church of Christ
Pope Francis Global Academy
5:45 to 9:30 pm Saturday:
Jefferson Park Forward
Gladstone Park Neighborhood Association
Sunday 2 to 4:45 pm:
Knights of Columbus Tonti Council
Sunday 4:45 to 7:30 pm:
‘Rock The Badges’ benefitting Ignite the Spirit & Chicago Police Memorial Fund
And special thanks to Senator John Mulroe who will be volunteering his time at the Fest on Sunday afternoon and to those members of the Jefferson Park Neighborhood Association who will be helping out at the gates and during some of the beer shifts.
The Jefferson Park Chamber thanks all of the volunteers and all of the fest-goers. Proceeds from the fest are vital to the operations of the chamber. The funds go toward a variety of activities, including scholarships, business district cleanup initiatives and community events, including a presentation of ‘Wizard of the Oz’ on Friday evening, Aug. 19, in the same park as Jeff Fest!!
Friday-Sunday, July 29-31
Jeff Fest Returns for 16th Year
Jefferson Park community happening features
food, music, a community stage,
kids' activities and NEW afternoon wine tastings
…PLUS weekend display of "PhotoArt" contest finalists
With its tidy homes and cozy ambience, Jefferson Park might well be Chicago's most quintessential neighborhood. On Friday-Sunday, July 29-31, the northwest side enclave will celebrate the community at its 16th annual Jeff Fest (Jefferson Park Arts & Music Festival).
Held in Jefferson Memorial Park, 4822 N. Long Ave. (just west of 4800 N Milwaukee Ave. and a block from the Jefferson Park Blue Line stop), fest highlights include both a music and 'community' entertainment stages, food, art & craft vendors, and a Kids' Zone area (with art activities and inflatables) from 2:00-6:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
NEW in 2016: "Wine Tasting in the Park" on Saturday and Sunday afternoons from 3:00-6:00 p.m. With the purchase of a $20 daily wine tasting pass, ticket holders will be able to sample up to 15 varietals in a special area in the park.
There will also be a display of the top 50 images from the Chicago Creative Coalition's 4th annual "PhotoArt" fine art photography contest. Juried winners will be announced on Saturday. A 'People's Choice' winner (voted on by visitors) will be announced on Sunday.
Also on display will be recent winners in the Student Division. That division showcases student photographers from kindergarten through 8th grade.
Among the music stage performers are popsters 16 Candles, the ambient/acoustic sounds of Little Egypt, and tribute bands paying homage to (among others) Led Zeppelin, Journey, The Who and Pearl Jam.
Jeff Fest hours are: 6:00-10:00 p.m. on Friday; 2:00-10:00 p.m. on Saturday; and 2:00-8:00 p.m. on Sunday. (Kids age 12 and under and seniors age 65 and older are free.)
A $5 gate admission for adults benefits the Jefferson Park Chamber of Commerce.
Friday, July 29
6:00 p.m. 97 Nine (rock tribute)
-Playing two sets
8:00 p.m. 16 Candles (pop/rock)
Saturday, July 30
2:00 p.m. The Gingers (rock)
4:00 p.m. The Who's Who (The Who tribute)
5:45 p.m. Pearl Jam Tribute Chicago
7:30 p.m. The Classic Rock Experience ('70s rock)
2:30 p.m. Dance troupe
3:45 p.m. Charlie Hustle Band
5:45 p.m. Buy the Stars
7:30 p.m. The Ferns
Sunday, July 31
2:00 p.m. Little Egypt (acoustic rock)
3:30 p.m. Kashmir (Led Zeppelin tribute)
6:00 p.m. Journey Unauthorized (Journey tribute)
2:30 p.m. Dance troupe
3:45 p.m. Simply Sound (pop)
5:45 p.m. The Etc. Choir
7:30 p.m. Butterfly in Traffic (pop)
Enjoy this video from Jefferson Park's 1976 Bicentennial celebration:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZcqBGZ2Wh-I