In the summer, Rogers Park comes alive with numerous street festivals and events, including the enormously popular Celebrate Clark Street and the Glenwood Avenue Arts Fest. But in the winter, our neighborhood tends to hibernate.
Join me this weekend as we kick off the holiday season with the first annual Polar Palooza Festival. The festival takes place this Saturday, December 6th, from 12:00 noon to 10:00 p.m., and Sunday, December 7th, from 12:00 noon to 9:00 p.m., at the Loyola Red Line Station Plaza (6550 N. Sheridan).
I am pleased to be one of the sponsors of Polar Palooza, together with Loyola University’s Community Holiday Party Committee, the Rogers Park Business Alliance and the Sheridan Road Special Service Area.
For the first time ever, the trees along Sheridan Road will be illuminated in holiday lights, as some of the city’s “coolest” bands take to the stage. Saturday’s lineup includes Stache,Ear Candy, Blue Shag, Lost at Land, and Ryan Westwood. On Sunday, enjoy T-Byrdz, Urban Rhythm, Joyce Renee & the JK Connection, Cheryl and the Dynamics, and Grace Affie.
For a schedule of the bands, visit:
The event will also feature a synthetic ice skating rink, a Christmas tree lot, holiday shopping at unique and socially conscious vendor booths. Enjoy pizza, sliders, brats, funnel cakes, and mulled wine and beer from some of the city’s best restaurants, including Act One Pub, Bullhead Cantina, Hard Water Bar and Grill,Heartland Cafe, R Public House and Rogers Park Social.
Arts and crafts, face painting, holiday cookie decorating, peep-thru photos, stilt walkers and costumed characters will delight kids of all ages. Take a ride through Loyola’s campus on one of Santa’s “sleighs,” and round out your weekend with a visit to the New 400 Theater for unlimited holiday movies all day Saturday and Sunday.
Admission is free, but you must purchase a $5 wristband to enjoy the movies, the synthetic ice skating, Santa’s sleigh ride, and the kids’ arts and crafts and cookie decorating.
Parking is available for $5 at 1225 W. Loyola (just west of Sheridan Road).
Please bring a non-perishable item for the biggest food drive our neighborhood has ever had!
For more information on the 2014 Polar Palooza, visit:
I hope to see you there!