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As Street Fests Multiply, Organizers Ask: “Are There Too Many?”

By Paul Wilson

When Rock Around the Block struggled in its rebirth in West Lakeview last June, one of its organizers acknowledged a reality of the current climate for Chicago street fests. “These aren’t cash cows anymore,” John Barry, Star Events chief executive, told a group of concerned business owners shortly after the festival. It was a quick Read the Rest…

The Answer to World Peace? Maifest

By Patty Wetli & Sarah Tilotta

If only NATO and the international media could have come to Maifest, they’d have seen what it looks when hordes of Chicagoans take over the streets not in protest but to par-tay. Wanna bring about world peace? Give everyone a brat and plastic mug full of beer (and don’t forget to discount the refills). After Read the Rest…

If It’s Mayfest, It Must Be Summer Festival Season

By Patty Wetli

After a taste of August back in March, Chicagoans are primed for summer festival season. Along comes Lincoln Square’s Mayfest (aka, Maifest), May 31 – June 3, to kick things off in style. For a classic Mayfest experience, grab a beer and nosh on sausage and jumbo pretzels while enjoying the oom-pah-pah sounds of the Read the Rest…

Mayfest Crew Cleans Up, Counts Up

By Mike Fourcher

If measured in sheer, gob-smacking quantities, Mayfest should be considered a success. Over the course of four days, the festival consumed over 1,000 kegs of beer, 5,000 pounds of sausage, 40 pounds of herring, 10,000 rolls, served up 3,840 pieces of cake and 7,200 dozen pretzels according to Mayfest Committee organizer and DANK Haus Chairwoman Dagmar Read the Rest…

Mayfest Finishes Up Strong And Crowded

By Mike Fourcher

Whoever stayed away from Mayfest due to Saturday’s rain seemed to come out today, as the square filled with thousands of hearty drinkers and people watchers. Got your own Mayfest pictures? Share them on with the CSJ Flickr pool and we’ll showcase them tomorrow!

Maifest Crowd Unfazed by Heat

By Sarah Tilotta

The 12th annual Maifest in Lincoln Square brought out the crowds on Saturday afternoon, June 4th, despite the heat. Under the main tent the Phenix band kept people hopping with German folk music. The beer flowed into traditional “das boots”, as well as Maifest memorabilia plastic steins, while families shared favorite speciality foods such as German Read the Rest…

Sunny Weather Attracts Mayfest Crowds

By Mike Fourcher

The sunny, warm weather with a light breeze attracted a strong Mayfest crowd on Friday evening. CSJ stopped by to see who was enjoying themselves. Don’t forget to check schedules and see more photos on the CSJ Mayfest page!

Join CSJ For A Beer At Mayfest Saturday

By Mike Fourcher

If you’re looking for some friendly faces at Mayfest, stop by the southwest corner of Lincoln and Leland on Saturday at 3:00 p.m. and look for at least one person in a CSJ t-shirt. We’ll be hanging out, saying hello and generally doing what people do when they drink beer outside. We’ll also be saying Read the Rest…

Tonight: Keep Mayfest Rolling With Pieptone!

By Mike Fourcher

We got a note from our friends from Pieptone! last week: “Just wanted to let you know that Pieptone! will be doing a Friday night, June 3rd post-Maifest performance at Glunz Bavarian Haus, 4128 N. Lincoln Ave. This should be a great evening: we’re hoping to catch revelers headed south on Lincoln after a night Read the Rest…

Mayfest Kicks Off

By Mike Fourcher

Despite the dreary weather, fest-goers rolled off the El and strolled into Lincoln Square on Thursday evening to start the weekend’s merriment. CSJ stopped by to see who was there.  

Plan For Mayfest With CSJ

By Mike Fourcher

Today’s the big day! If you went by the Western El stop last night or this morning, you saw the tents and trucks all over Leland St. and Lincoln Ave. Tonight at 5:00 p.m. Mayfest Chicago kicks off the start of Center Square’s summer festival season. You can get a head start and plan ahead Read the Rest…

Mayfest Kicks Off In Lincoln Square

By Mike Fourcher

Today’s the big day! If you went by Lincoln Square last night or this morning, you saw the tents and trucks all over Leland St. and Lincoln Ave. Tonight, Mayfest Chicago kicks off at 5:00 p.m. You can get a head start and plan ahead with CSJ’s Mayfest page! Get the band listings, gates open and closing Read the Rest…

Introducing The Neighborhood Parents Network

By Ellie Ander

Parenting in the city has amazing perks. For one thing, there are literally hundreds of choices in childcare, children’s classes, schools, and daily activities. Awesome as that is, all of these choices could easily send your head spinning. Turn to Neighborhood Parents Network of Chicago (NPN) to help guide you through many of your daily Read the Rest…

Merger Of German Organizations Canceled

By Samantha Abernethy

A plan to consolidate operations between DANK Haus German American Cultural Center and United German American Societies of Greater Chicagoland has fallen through. The agreement would have provided $1 million in new funding to improve the DANK Haus building, freed up funds for new cultural programming by DANK Haus and more closely integrated the operations Read the Rest…

DANK Haus Merger With German Organizations Stalled

By Mike Fourcher

An agreement to merge DANK Haus, 4730 N. Western Ave, with the German Day festival and Mayfest to create a new German American Cultural Center has stalled because German Day and Mayfest leaders have failed to sign the necessary paperwork, according to DANK Haus Executive Director, Nicholle Dombrowski. “We have no idea [why]. We just had our quarterly Read the Rest…

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