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Best Chicago Summer Festivals: Metronome Festival

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Earlier I discussed local summer festivals and Chicago’s love for spending time in the streets outside during the warmer months. Do Division Fest was spotlighted, and this entry the focus is on the brand new Metronome Festival.

Metronome Celebration is located on Milwaukee at Armitage and Western on the border of Bucktown and Logan Square neighborhoods. As most local festivals go, Metronome features food, beer, and booths overflowing with local merchants and local groups. The festival features five stages, each booked by an excellent group who know their respective genres of music. There is the Rock Stage by Empty Bottle, the Punk Stage by MP Productions, the Electro Stage by the Congress Theater, and the Folk Stage by the Chicago Bluegrass & Blues Festival, and a local stage that will showcase talent from the Logan Square neighborhood and Chase and Goethe schools. The music ranges from local acts to national talent, and the diverse stage line-ups guarantees that everyone can find something to their liking.

The other focus of the festival is their mission of sustainability and promoting a green lifestyle. They’ll be using biodegradable products, encourage patrons to use public transportation, and will be using the event proceeds to award an applicant the Sustainable Project Award. The Sustainable Project Award is “awarded to a project submitted to improve recycling, composting, energy efficiency, green space development or any other project that will help reduce the burden of the local community on the environment and improve the lives of the citizens of Chicago.”

The festival is this weekend, June 6th and 7th, and is located on Milwaukee at Armitage and Western. For a more detailed look at some of the stellar artist playing Metronome, check out the wonderful feature on the festival at Gapers Block.