Every weekend from April to October has a street fair, block party, or festival of some kind happening somewhere in the city of Chicago. My favorite of these is the Glenwood Avenue Arts Festival. It’s a little more low-key compared to some of the bigger events like the Ribfest Chicago in North Center, or the Old Town Art Fair. Also, they don’t guilt you into forking over a “suggested donation” to get in. It’s just a fun party atmosphere that lasts a whole weekend on the eclectic tree-lined stretch of Glenwood Avenue near Morse Avenue in Rogers Park.

Part of the reason I am particular toward the GAAF is that my artistic home, Lifeline Theatre, is one of the anchors of this particular arts district. I spent a couple of shifts at our booth over the weekend, right on the street across from our theater space. There was deep-dish pizza and beer available in the booth right across from us. It was ideal.