Summer in Chicago means a few things, and one of those things is street festivals. Street festivals galore. In the traditionally German neighborhood of Lincoln Square, MaiFest (or Mayfest) is held in honor of the arrival of spring. It is a German festival transported to one of Chicago's most vibrant neighborhoods.
Thursday & Friday
MaiFest happens May 30 through June 2 this year, giving patrons plenty of time to join in the partei (that's German for party). Thursday's main event is a 60s rock band (practice your twist, everybody). Then, on Friday, the evening kicks off with live music, a keg tapping and, of course, a May Queen crowning ceremony at 8PM. Playing in the auxiliary tent are the Polkaholics, which just might be my favorite band name EVER.
Saturday & Sunday
On Saturday and Sunday, the feierlichkeiten (that's German for festivities, and another one of my all-time favorite words) last all day from noon to midnight. That gives you tons of time to enjoy the traditional German food, the dancing, the music, and that quintessential of German party guests, a huge mug of beer. Lincoln Square is easily accessible by the Brown Line, so you're free to have a good time. Saturday will be a day of throwback tunes from some local favorites, while Sunday will feature traditional music from the German/American Ethnic Program. Maifest is sure to be die beste way to ring in the summer in Chicago!
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