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Street Festivals - Summer Essential

Have you ever heard the saying that summer in Chicago doesn't start until you go to a street festival?  (I may have made that up, not sure.)

Well after Saturday, summer has officially started for me x2.  

My friend, Vicki, really wanted to see Helado Negro and asked me to go see him with her at Do Division.  (Helado Negro = Black Ice Cream) I hadn't heard of him before, but I really liked him and Vicki was on cloud 9!  We were definitely front row, center :)


He sings in both English and Spanish and his latin man moves were awesome.  (Vicki & I both commented on them so it wasn't just me.)
Yes, it down poured for a song and a half, but luckily Vicki had an amazing umbrella so we didn't have to miss a second.  

After we watched him, we walked around for a bit before leaving for Maifest in Lincoln Square where we met up with a few more friends.  I decided to put my bike on the bus and ride with Vicki to the north.  Thank goodness because it was a strong downpour most of the way and then it eased off for our walk over to the festival.

2 street festivals in one day.  I'm not sure I've ever done that before.  :)  And they were definitely two completely different atmospheres, that's for sure.  I guess that's what to expect when visiting two neighborhoods on opposite ends of the spectrum.  I enjoyed both of them and liked the contrasting fest goers.  Not to mention Maifest was way cheaper in every way!

Yep, it continued to rain off and on at Maifest, as well, but we had an awesome overhang where we hung out during the rains.  Once it was dry for a bit, I biked home and had to wash my legs because I was wearing shorts and they were very dirty from that rain and I honestly can't explain how nice it was to take off my soggy shoes!  (It was probably just training for my run on Sunday...)

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