June 28, 2011

Outside Gatherings

This post highlights vintage gatherings, festivals and parades as well as the outside movies shown in selected areas of old and current Lake View.
Lake View Meet-Ups:
the oldest ...
The Old Settler's Picnic
Harms Park - A Picnic Grove Daily New Archives
This popular north-side and mostly Germanic event was one of the oldest public gatherings in Chicago having it's beginnings in 1864 to celebrate first arrivals to Chicago. When the townships of Jefferson and Lake View were established in 1857 the Germanic speaking population in Chicago migrated north into the townships along with their oversees brethren from Europe. A park was established on Western Avenue and Berteau Avenues called Harms Park (1893-1946) in the newly formed District of Lake View (City of Lake View was annexed in 1889).  
According to several Chicago Tribune articles Harms Park was a popular location for this event particularly during the 1930's. I am not sure when the first event was held at Harms Park but do know that up to 5000 residents would gather at this park to celebrate a Chicago annual tradition. According to a photo of the Daily News Archives the Old Settlers Picnic was at least once held in RiverView Park in 1905, one year after its own public opening. 
The Picnic of 1893
Picnic of 1929
Medals for the German Born
The Picnic of 1939
Picnic of 1944 at Harms Park
Picnic of 1945 - ever since 1875
In Old Jefferson Township ...

1894 Sanborn Map highlights Schuetzen Park where Riverview was built upon. The original park had an interesting past as well known as an area for German sponsored rife marksmanship (scroll for photo). 
Below is a 1913 Sanborn Fire Map that highlights the Riverview Amusement Park in detail
 images - Chicagopedia-Facebook
Riverview Amusement Park is not part of this historical blog; for the park was located west of Western Avenue in old Jefferson Park Township even though many packed in a streetcar to travel west from the lakefront to visit the park or along the border street of Western Avenue from either the north or south. 
image - Ebay
View some vintage photos from Art Institute of Chicago. 
The photo below is from The Chicagoan
1985 poster - Ebay
The Events Timeline as of 2018:
(a selective list)
Soup Walk &
Frost Fest Craft Beer Festival
once called the Halsted Winter Fest
Ravenswood 5k
Race to Wrigley 5k 
Cover the Bases
Belmont-Sheffield Music Festival
Woogms Memorial Day Parade
Live Lakeview
SausageFest Chicago
Chicago Pride Fest
Summer on Southport
Gay Pride Parade
Live on Lincoln
Southport Art Festival
Taste of Lakeview
... and once called Rock Around the Block
Southport Art Festival
Wrigleyville Summerfest
OUT at Wrigley
Northalsted Market Days
Woogms Labor Day Parade
Lakeview East Festival of the Arts
Octoberfest at St. Alphonsus

Ravenswood ArtWalk
Trick or Treat on Southport
Halloween Block Party 
Life Time Turkey Day Chicago
12 Bars of Christmas
The Southport Holiday Stroll
Most Fabulous Santa Speedo Run

The Spring Summer Autumn Event

The Event Bio's:  
 January since 1985
An estimated 1,500 runners and walkers lace-up on the first day of the new year and run & walk from the south end of the park, Lincoln Park. The course route heads north along the lakefront bike path to Diversey Harbor before returning to the North Avenue Field House.,A portion of run/walk proceeds will benefit the Lake View Citizens' Council, a non-profit neighborhood organization. 
Check out the photos from 2013.
Halsted Winter Fest
 since 2014
Warm up to winter! From super cool winter exhibits to a steamy soup walk that's sure to warm your bones, there's something for everyone at Northalsted Winter Fest. Our restaurants, retailers and performers will be dishing out fire and ice to make this a Sunday Funday for the books.
Now called simply 'Soup Walk'
along with
April since 2006
May since 1996

This three-day celebration that began in 1995 kicks off the City of Chicago’s festival season. This event located at 3100 North Ashland near Lincoln Avenue brings in three days of celebration featuring Chicago’s BEST Bands, Festival Cuisine, pretzels, beer, and a broad spectrum of super cool entertainment starting off Friday with VIP Party for the general public.
 May since 1984

Established in 2001, this event is a weekend event that showcases local music talent.  The event is located between Belmont and Addison and along Sheffield. The Fest offers continuous live music, tastings from area restaurants, and goods and wares from local merchants with the famous ballpark as a backdrop.
May since 2002
unknown date photo - Chicagoland-Facebook
This annual event kicks the cars off of beautiful Lake Shore Drive so you can peacefully ride their bike along it. You get to admire Chicago from one of its best vantage points and view LakeView East that includes Belmont Harbor along the outer drive. All eight lanes are open for riders along a 15 mile stretch. If you make the entire loop (north and south), it's a 30 mile ride. Marker 7 & 8 (mile) are located in Lake View. View the route as of 2014 that includes the best places to view it according the DNAinfo.
May since 2005
Chicago Cubs Charities Annual Race to Wrigley 5k Run Presented by Athletico Physical Therapy, which starts and finishes at Wrigley Field, helps kick off the baseball season. Runners & sponsors show their support for a good cause.
May since 2009
June since 2018
June since 2010
- Redeye pics
Celebrate all things having to do with encased meats at Sausagefest. This fest is in the shadow of Wrigley Field in the community of Wrigleyville. This annual summer street festival features plenty of live music, arts & crafts and, of course, stellar sausage offerings from local butcher shops and eateries such as Bobak's Sausage Company, Paulina Meat Market, Chicago's Dog House, Murphy's Bleachers, Notolli & Son Italian Sausage Shop and Greek Delights.
June since 2003
- Gozamos pic
This crowd-pleasing LGBTQ celebration of community pride showcases an eclectic lineup of arts and crafts, food and other vendors that day before the Pride Parade. It also features entertainment on two stages with one dedicated to some of Chicago's fine performers in the gay community. Check out more photos of this event! and more from a professional photography. The fest was originally on the Saturday before the Pride Parade but due to increase crowds on that weekend the Fest was moved that Saturday before.
 Poster Clintmay

Celebrate summer on Chicago's north side at Halsted Tastes Better! This festival offers visitors a vibrant mix of savory foods, refreshing drinks and lively music. It is the perfect way to enjoy the summer season. This culinary event takes place on Aldine Street on the east side of Halsted Street. In addition to the culinary festivities, you can enjoy live music & cheer for your favorite server in The Waiter’s Race.
Taste of LakeView

 3200 North Lincoln Avenue @ Belmont
 Taste of Lakeview is replaced Rock Around the Block in 2012, which angered local merchants because it was so poorly planned and organized. - Center Square Journal
Rock Around the Block 
was renamed Taste of Lakeview
Crowds of 40,000 people would experience Chicago’s ultimate music and culinary fare. View more of this former event by  listening to the music.
2017 photos - Southport Corridor News & Events 
once called Summer on Southport
since June 1988
This two-day community festival is located at 3700 N Southport at Waveland near Wrigley Field home of the Chicago Cubs. Southport is one of the city’s mecca shopping/nightlife districts and includes beautifully maintained tree-lined streets, with rows of lovely houses in all manner of architectural styles.Local artisans will showcase their wares and local restaurants and eateries will offer your favorite summer food. Our Sunday Gospel Brunch will provide an early morning opportunity to join us in this celebration of community. Join them on Facebook! 
The Unofficial 4th of July
south of the Belmont Harbor
Since 2010
2011 via Flickr
  This unofficial 4th of July celebration just south of
 Belmont Harbor that apparently lasted about an hour.
August since 2002
Move over Wrigley Field here's Wrigleyville Summerfest!
Not your average festival, this event  features live music, a kid zone with interactive games, and family-friendly activities. Food that Chicagoans have come to know and love will be on hand for this out of this out of the park festival!
August since 2018
Porch-Fest Lake View is a community-building festival featuring local musicians performing on front porches. 
Lake View residents can and will volunteer their porches to host the concerts, and local musicians will perform on the porches at specified times. We’ll have food trucks, kids activities, local beer, and great times with the community!
August since 1981 
This lower photo as of 2012
A crowd of more than 100,000 from across the country will converge on Market Days on Halsted Street in August to celebrate an annual event. It's the largest two-day street fair in the Midwest and lives up to its reputation as one of the country's finest festivals! View my friend's, Greg Baird, YouTube perspective of 2012 event. 
US Navy Blue Angels
August since 1959
While this event occurs over North Avenue Beach the residents of Lake View experience it during their practice runs on Thursdays & Fridays.
 2014 photo - abc7chicago
Michael S Lyons via Pictures of Chicago-Facebook 2017
Rules of the Road
While this aerial show is not a exclusive Lake View event  it may as well be ... for the residents of the neighborhood hear the thurder-stormed sounds of the jets above their heads and in their homes and apartments one weekend per year with their rehearsals 
a day or two before. 
2016 photo - DNAinfo 
turning around with a view of Belmont Harbor
Michael S Lyons via Pictures of Chicago-Facebook
2019 video
its many practice routes - this one over Paulina L
view of Lake View East from North Avenue Beach
& more views from Curbed Chicago
1911 Air and Water Show @ Grant Park - Calumet 412 
September since 2013
The street fest on the Southport Corridor will try to feature Chicago’s best taco establishments. 
photo - Lake View Chamber of Commerce
Attendees will vote for “Chicago’s Best Taco” winner 
 Yes, it's in September! since 2000
photo - from Conciege Preferred.com
Lake View's version of Oktoberfest located at one of the oldest Catholic churches in the neighborhood. St. Alphonsus Parish was founded by German immigrants in 1882 and continues to recognize its German roots by celebrating an authentic Oktoberfest every September. Keeping with tradition, festival-goers can expect to experience homemade bratwurst, the “oom-pah” of German bands, the music of top area headliner bands, activities for kids (“Kinderfest”), and of course lots of great beer!The festival is held outdoors in a beer garden fashion under a ‘big-top’ tent. Thousands from Chicago of all ages attend and raise their stein to toast this German event. As of 2013 the new location will be Southport between Lincoln Avenue and George Street instead of tradition Oakdale. Find it on Facebook!
September since 2004

 photo - East Lake View Chamber of Commerce
photo - East Lake View Chamber of Commerce
This festival showcases more than 150 approved (for quality) artists featuring world class original paintings, sculpture, photography, furniture, jewelry and more. Artists in almost every medium will be represented including photography, printmaking, mixed media, ceramics, clay, collage, fiber, glass, sculpture, furniture and more. Unique and original artwork is on sale in all price ranges. 
prepping the streetscape
2012 photos - Garry Albrecht
In addition to the art on sale, the Festival features live demonstrations and entertainment stages where some of Chicago’s favorite musicians play throughout the weekend. Sculpture artist Lucy Slivnski typically contribute her designs to the Chirsty Webber urban garden. The Festival also hosts children’s entertainment featuring puppet shows, interactive arts and crafts and activities to foster an appreciation of fine art in the youngest participant. 
'You are the Parade'
Labor Day & Memorial Day since 1963
The first parade in 1963
photo from WOOGMS Facebook page
... and a 1972 article about this event
Since 1963 the Woogms Parade known as the 
'Do-it-Yourself Parade' starts at corner of Pine Grove and Wellington Street. If you plan to attend this Lake View parade leave your lawn chairs at home. This parade is all about "marching in it - not watching it". The pace is leisurely so kids and strollers are welcome. 
The Chicago Tribune published an article in 2015.
 above photos from their Facebook page
below 2017 group photo - Matthew Nickerson
The was to be the last year of the parade was in 2017
At the 'Wellington-Oakdale Old Glory Marching Society Memorial/Labor Day Parade' everybody marches from grandparents to school kids. The event began when a resident named Al Weisman grabbed a flag in 1963 and led some neighborhood kids around the block.The grass-root parade begins at the corner of Pine Grove and Wellington Avenues, then moves south on Sheridan Road and winds up at St. Joseph`s Hospital about 30 minutes later for an after parade entertainment. The main attraction of the parade is a chance for folks to come out of hibernation and see the neighbors. In 2012 the parade featured the Jesse White Drum Corps and the Jesse White Tumblers. In 2013 Alderman Tom Tunney entered a resolution celebrating its' 50th year
But Wait Its' Back by Popular Demand 2017
The Parade Went Virtual in 2020
Like many gatherings in 2020 events like this one were either cancelled or went virtual due to the Covid-19 pandemic
the video
 OUT at Wrigley

September since 2001
The nation's largest annual LGBTQ sporting event
The Halloween Parade on Halsted
October since 1994

photo - DNA info
 2009 - TimeOut Chicago
 2010 - Metromix
2010 - ChicagoPride.com

2013 - 3 photos Garry Albrecht
along with other photos when I volunteered 
at the registration tent at end of this post
2013 - DNA info
The Year the Cubs Won the World Series 2016
 a sign in Sidetrack on Halsted
The WIN symbol drapes from the Roscoe Tavern building 


 in Sidetrack on Halsted
presenting the awards for the most best custom
above images - Garry Albrecht
This parade on Halsted Avenue was established in 1996. It has grown from a gay-bar street event to a all inclusive LakeView and Chicago event for all adults, children, and their decorated pets.One year a small black dog was dressed in a spider suite. It looked totally real in the dark and from distance.Winners of the costume contest for kids and pets are announced immediately after the parade, followed by adult, group, and pet owners contestant winners. The event is sponsored by Northalsted Business Alliance, in conjunction with Triangle Neighbors Association, a member of the Lake View Citizens Council. View a YouTube video from 2009.and for the kids .... Facebook'em!
The bars along Halsted Street get into the act
Here is James @ Sidetracks 2014
Some Scary Characters in 2019
photography by MB Mace
Spooktacular at the Park
Running down Southport Avenue from Belmont Avenue to Irving Park Road, the annual trick-or-treat event is scheduled this year for Sunday, Oct. 28 from 1-4 p.m. Between the buckets of candy, bounce houses, pumpkin patches, face painting, and more, the event draws a outrageously massive crowd. “It’s really fun, and we’ve been doing it for a long time,” said Executive Director at the Lakeview Chamber of Commerce, Heather Way. “It’s wildly popular. There are thousands of children… Last year it was a pretty nasty day out, something like 50 degrees and raining. I still had some merchants who went through almost 2,000 pieces of candy in 90 minutes.” The pumpkin party features, games, activities and pumpkin decorating. Smarty Pants and the Lovely Miss Dena will be on hand creating amazing balloon creations and spooky face painting designs.
October since 2002
Begins in the community of East Ravenswood within the neighborhood of Lake View north to Uptown
When Judith Roth (President of Chicago Women’s Caucus for Art) sought to involve her community in the celebration of Chicago Artists Month. Judith went door-to-door speaking with artists and asking them if they would open their studios for a day to the public and called the Ravenswood ArtWalk. Over the years it has grown into what it is today, an exciting community event featuring over 150 artists and highlighting the wonderful talents and diversity of the Ravenswood Corridor. Thanks to the sustained growth and outpouring of community members, Ravenswood Art Walk is the official kickoff to Chicago Artists Month in October.
November since 1978
Southport Holiday Stroll
Santa Speedo Run
 December since 2011
anything goes for charity :)
December since 2014
This neighborhood loves their beer-crawls events but this great idea may take off as a great way to spread the cheer of the season one cookie at a time. 

December since 1996
This 2013 event was better organized but not in 2015
an all summer event

a monthly affair
photo - Lake View East Chamber of Commerce
This neighborhood bike ride happens on most every Sunday - even in the winter months at 10am for about an hours worth. This event starts at Seminary and Waveland Avenues next to Wrigley Field with a post-ride gathering at a new
or popular destination. 
A November ride in 2012
Lake View Chamber of Commerce photo Feb. 2011
This group rides in the Winter as well!
This a free hour-long neighborhood social ride is organized by the Lake View Citizens Council. Helmets are required and be sure to bring a lock so you can join us for social time afterward. This social ride is traditional on the second Sunday of every month. The rides are geared toward all of our neighbors so bring your kids and your grandparents for that matter! Local elected officials and neighborhood police are also invited to join every month. Visit Facebook for more information.
1890's was the gold decade for bike clubs 
photo - Chicago Public Library
Movies in the Park
A Neighborhood Affair

Dates and show times at Belmont Harbor
06/14/11 8:45 PM Movies in the Parks Movies in the Parks - North By Northwest 
06/21/11 9:00 PM Movies in the Parks Movies in the Parks - Dirty Dancing 
06/28/11 9:00 PM Movies in the Parks Movies in the Parks - The Greatest Show on Earth

Here is a complete list for 2015
June 13 at Belmont Harbor
3600 Recreation Drive
 July 27 Kelly Playlot at 3800 N Seminary
August 1 Belmont Harbor at 3550 Recreation Drive
August 4 Gill Park 825 W Sheridan Road
August 26 Margaret Donahue Park 1230 W School
with a complete city-wide list for that year
Belmont Harbor
3200 N Lake Shore Drive
That year there were four movies shown; three at Belmont Harbor and one at Gill Park
June 10th at Belmont Harbor
June 29 at Belmont Harbor
 two movies that day
July 12 at Gill Park
August 12 at Belmont Harbor
 2020 - Social Distance Please
My Personal Experience:
The Halloween Parade 2013
I volunteered that year - total blast!
the poster for that year
   I volunteered to participate in the 2013 parade after experiencing the event either along the sidelines along the route or seating at Side Tracks watching it from video monitors with a 'tall one' on hand. That year I wanted to experience first hand. That year prizes were given after the parade for different categorizes. Below are pictures of the event from a volunteer perspective.
    All photos were taken my me, Garry Albrecht
 all is still quiet

 early arrivals for registration

The registration tent with categories
 The crowds await!
the band arrives
registration begins with earnest
the tent crew 

 The Parade Begins

The Winners per Category

All these Events were Canceled in 2020 & 2021
due to the Covid-19 Pandemic

Post Notes:

Vintage Entertainment Spots
Ferris Wheel Park
located in Lincoln Park
Ferris Wheel Park was established in 1895 and just south of present day Lake View along Clark Street with an entrance at Wrightwood Avenue. 
photo via Calumet 412
Ferris Wheel Park was the creation of a transportation baron of industry from the 19th century consciously constructed rail tracks to Clark & Wrightwood so that his company's streetcars could reach this amazement park for his own personal gain. I  have a separate post on the subject. The park existed for a brief time.
post 1947 map via Digital Research 
Library of Illinois History Journal
with a 1952 video view
Riverview Park was established in 1913, west of Western Avenue and just across the street of the old border of the City of Lake View. The was a separate streetcar for the park on Roscoe to Western from the east. Read more about it from the title link above.

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