Fill your weekend with these fun events taking place in Rogers Park. The Glenwood Avenue Arts Festival is a premiere event in the ward. And you can count on the folks at Factory Theater for a good time.
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Glenwood Avenue Arts Festival
Where: 6900 Glenwood Avenue, to the east and west of the “L” tracks on Morse Ave.
The Glenwood Avenue Arts Fest is a free, weekend-long arts festival that features 100+ artists, open studios, and live entertainment on three outdoor stages. Enjoy art of all disciplines, music, theater, food and drink on the cobblestone streets of the Glenwood Avenue Arts District. This year will mark the 17th anniversary of the arts festival. There will be a Friday Night Cobblestone Jam to kick off the festival. For more information on artists and events, visit Glenwood Avenue’s website.
Walking Tour: Clark Street Then & Now
Where: Rogers Park Public Library, 6907 North Clark St.
The story of Clark Street as the commercial hub of the neighborhood starts with the earliest days of Rogers Park and continues today. Throughout its history, Clark Street has prospered in boom times, survived economic downturns, and continually adapted to the needs of the ever-changing population it serves.
Join neighborhood historian Glenna Eaves on a walking tour of Clark Street from Morse to Touhy and see what has changed, and surprisingly, how much has remained in place. Event begins with an open-to-all presentation at the Rogers Park Public Library, followed by a walking tour for ticketed participants only.
Tickets are $15 for members, $20 for non-members.
Fact-O-Mania Slambouree! Hosted by Factory Theater
Where: The Factory Theater, 1623 Howard St.
The Factory Theater celebrates the retirement of beloved art director Scott OKen. This event is a knock-down, drag-out wrestling match. Complete with trash talk, a ring, and a reception. It’s the Fact-O-Mania Slambouree! This event will feature several of The Factory Theater members ready for a great match. Friendships will be questioned. Knees will be iced. Show your love for the man who loves The Factory like no other, Scott OKen. Tickets are available for purchase on The Factory Theater’s Facebook page.
Midsommer Flight presents Two Gentlemen of Verona
Where: Touhy Park, 7348 N Paulina St.
In Shakespeare’s early comedy, the “Two Gentlemen” are Valentine and Proteus, who travel from Verona to Milan, where they fall in love with the same woman, even though Proteus had professed to be in love with Julia back in Verona. Or at least he thinks she’s back in Verona. The comedy deals with many of the themes Shakespeare would explore in later plays, including loyalty and friendship, the foolishness of love and lovers, and whether friendship trumps love.
Bring your own chairs and blankets. Live music begins a half hour prior to performance times. Come early with a picnic to stake out your seats and enjoy this free programming!
Enjoy another fun-filled weekend in the 49th Ward!