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Lincoln Square Block Party

By Tatum Bartlett | Friday, July 16, 2010

Print by artist Robert Edwards. Photo by urbangeneralstore.

This Saturday and Sunday the Lincoln Square Chamber of Commerce hosts a block party that rivals the best. In only its second year, the Lincoln Square Block Party has generated enough excitement and interest that this year the 4700 block of Lincoln Avenue will be closed down for the occasion.

Chamber of Commerce membership director Mindy McCreless assures, however, that the two-day event is “still just a simple neighborhood block party with the primary goal of getting our neighbors and families out to mix and have a good time, while also, showcasing our businesses.”

Speaking of businesses, more than 30 will be on hand, offering great sales, interactive activities, and goodies galore. Steve Quick Jewelry (a retailer that recently opened a second location in the neighborhood) will present children with the opportunity to string and design their own beaded creations, while the Chamber of Commerce will offer grilled corn and frosty root beer floats featuring Paciugo‘s vanilla gelato.

If shopping’s not your thing, not to worry. The Lincoln Square Block Party will also tease your taste buds with a variety of sweet and savory selections from local restaurants. We think you’ll flip for LM’s crepes (prepared on-site) or try Pizza DOC‘s pizzas and focaccia or the Chicago Brauhaus‘ brats, beer, and pretzels.

And just when your kids are about to go into a full-fledged sugar coma from too much cotton candy (spun by The Davis Theater), you’ll find plenty of activities to keep the “high” going. Saturday and Sunday’s highlights include an 18-foot inflatable slide, group fitness classes, Kids Music with Zeke, a Hogwash Kids Show, the music of Captain Blood Orchestra, tunes from the Old Town School of Folk Music, a Kids Ensemble, an Instrument Petting Zoo, and a Cakewalk.

In case you’d like a definition of the latter: A cakewalk is in essence a confectionery-themed version of musical chairs. After purchasing a ticket, you follow the music from booth to booth, and if, when the music stops, your ticket number is called, you win a cake created by one of the featured local businesses!

The Lincoln Square Block Party takes place Saturday, July 17, and Sunday, July 18, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. $5 suggested donation per family. You’ll find a complete schedule of events here.

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