Andersonville Midsommarfest

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Sunday, June 10, 2007

Andersonville Midsommarfest

The Andersonville Midsommarfest is one of the many street festivals that the city of Chicago hosts.  This is officially the 3rd festival of the summer that I have gone to...and all 3 in one weekend.  The Midsommarfest takes place on the far northside of Chicago on Clark street and stretches about 4 blocks.  Each end of the festival is anchored by a stage and in between are various vendors hocking their goods.

The weather on Sunday couldn't have been better.  I met up with some friends and we started the event off by listening to an 80's hip hop band called Too White Crew.  The band, like all the other bands there, did only covers.  The theme for all the bands there must have been 80's music...cause the other band we saw on stage was 16 Candles...another 80's cover band.  So, the music wasn't all that great, but it was very humorous and the company was good.

In between the music there was a lot of walking around, some sitting, and a decent amount of drinking.  The nice thing about the festival was that there were bars all along Clark St. This made it easy to pop inside a bar, grab a beer, and head back out to the festival.  The festival also had concession stands that were selling beer...but it was a little more expensive.  Needless to say I bought most of my beer from the local bars...supporting the local business owner.  There were quite a bit of vendors selling hand blown glass flower vases and drink stirring rods...even a woman who takes glass bottles and crushes them into cheese serving trays.  There was one vendor that was selling glass nail files...and claiming that it had milli foire on the glass...but upon closer inspection it was just painted glass.  I'm sure the people I was with where confused when I walked up to the nail file stand.

After all the walking around and music, we stopped in at Simon's on Clark St.  Simon's has a long bar, and a little seating area/Lounge area in the back.  The back area is funny...reminds me of a bad basement form the 60's.  It's composed of touch sofas, a fake fire place, and one of those tripy static electric lamps.  Also there was a lamp with the wizard Merlin as the base.  The "lounge" area was great...loved it.  They had trivial pursuit and some dice games back there too.  All together, it was a good night....good times....good people.
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