Wicker Park Fest has consistently been ranked as one of the top Chicago street fests. Located on Milwaukee Avenue in Wicker Park, this huge festival caters to young and old alike with cutting edge performances, high-quality food and beverages, a kids area benefiting local schools and a truly unique selection of retail vendors, reflecting the eclectic neighborhood.
One of the biggest challenges with this festival is that the location is in the heart of a very, very busy area. It's no small feat to shut down a major traffic artery, install 3 stages, the event's electrical grid, 12 food vendors and over 120 retail vendors in under 11 hours.
In 2012, Wicker Park Fest had outgrown it's footprint - too many people, not enough space. To alleviate this, the event expanded by almost 50%, making it the second largest neighborhood festival in the City. There were concerns that an expansion of 50% without an equal expansion in set-up time would pose a serious problem. Just like clockwork, the event was ready to open on time.
With the expanded footprint, the 65,000+ attendees have more breathing room and it provides a much more relaxed atmosphere.
Criterion has provided planning, vendor recruitment and coordination, management and logistical support for the Wicker Park Fest since 2010.
More information about the Wicker Park Fest can be found here.