Even though the summer may be winding down, the festival season is still in full swing. A music festival on Chicago’s South Side is returning for its second year and there is plenty to celebrate. It was a hot topic in the 16th ward at this time last year. The Englewood Music Fest 2022 starts at 12 noon and lasts until 7 p.m. this Saturday, Sept. 17, on Halsted at 63rd Street.
“This year we can expect more family, more love, more peace, more unity, exemplify Englewood excellence by way of celebrating arts and culture. Definitely a safe day and a day of community and resources and providing those wrap-around services for our youth and our baby boomers. The Englewood Music Fest is an inter-generational of family-oriented events. So bring out the entire family,” Ald. Stephanie Coleman of the 16th Ward told CBS News.
This year’s headline musical acts include rapper Juvenile, and R&B duo Kindred the Family Soul. Chicago’s own Katie Got Bandz will also be performing. Admission is free, and the festival will include activities for seniors, school supplies giveaways, youth activities, and health and wellness testing. The entire street will also be filled with local vendors, back-to-school programs and a community resource fair with Englewood partner organizations. There will also be art installations, and educational and pop-up art exhibits courtesy of the Englewood Arts Collective.
Last year’s festival was such a hit that Ald. Coleman told CBS News: “No crime, it was a day of love. It was a day of peace. It was a day of safety and unity.” Similarly, this year’s festival carries the theme of “Englewood Excellence” as an attempt to uplift the community after the community lost the historic Antioch Baptist Church to a fire. “We’re celebrating resilience,” Coleman said. “We keep fighting. That is the story of Englewood.”