Image By Dan Kasberger, Chicago. Photo provided courtesy of Square Roots.

Image By Dan Kasberger, Chicago. Photo provided courtesy of Square Roots.

Chicago rocks when it comes to outdoor festivals but Square Roots, the one-of-a-kind craft beer and music experience, is great because it appeals to both adults with and without kids as well as the kids themselves.

Square Roots returns to Lincoln Square July 11-13 with more than 50 acts on four stages and 30 regional craft brews paired with Lincoln Square’s finest restaurants and artisans.

Here are the details so you can prepare for a whole weekend of fun:


Friday, July 11, 5-10 p.m.

Saturday, July 12, noon-10 p.m.

Sunday, July 13, noon-9 p.m.


Lincoln Avenue, between Montrose & Wilson Avenues


Suggested donation of $10 for adults, $5 for seniors/kids, $20 for families

Now the fun stuff:

Image By Dan Kasberger, Chicago. Photo provided courtesy of Square Roots.

Image By Dan Kasberger, Chicago. Photo provided courtesy of Square Roots.

The Music

Multiple music stages, both inside the Old Town School of Folk Music and outside on Lincoln Avenue features an eclectic and a vibrant mix of performers from local indie rockers to world music stars. We used to take our little ones to Wiggleworms music classes at the Old Town School and it’s a fun place to visit, make and hear music.

Local acts include Chicago folk trio Sons of the Never Wrong and the world soul groove of Fatbook. Touring acts range from Cajun legends and Grammy winner Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys to powerful Mauritanian singer Noura Mint Seymali to indie folk pop duo Ivan and Alyosha.

A full line-up of performers can be found here.

For the Big Kids: The Beer
In addition to great music, Square Roots is proud to be one of Chicago’s best craft beer destinations. The festival features the best local and regional craft breweries with a wide variety of styles and flavors. Many restaurants and bars even introduce special beers at this event so if you’re a beer connoisseur, you’ll want to put this on your calendar.

Among the popular Midwest breweries that will be there include Two Brothers, 5 Rabbit, Lagunitas, Ale Syndicate, Temperance, Virtue Cider and Revolution. The full beer list can be found here.

The Food

There is no shortage of outstanding restaurants in the Lincoln Square area and the festival will have many of hand serving up their signature dishes. Participating restaurants include Fountainhead, Bistro Campagne, Himmel’s, Monti’s, Big Fork Brand’s, Byron’s Hotdogs, Cheesie’s Pub and Grub, Dinky Donuts, Gather, Bo’s Concessions and Jo Snow. To view a full list of menu offerings, visit here.

The Family Fun

With the Old Town School of Folk Music leading the entertainment, there will lots of reasons to twist and shout. From Wiggleworms for the little ones to multicultural dance performances to open, participatory jams as the day rolls into night, Square Roots is family-friendly.

Bring the whole crew by for a Family Barn Dance with kid performers, sing along with kids music favorite Laura Doherty & the Heartbeats and walk along in a Brazilian Parade with instruments that you make in the art tent.

And if you needed yet another reason to attend:

Proceeds from Square Roots support both Old Town School of Folk Music and Lincoln Square Ravenswood Chamber programs, including supporting music education scholarships, local shopping programs, ongoing community events and public farmers markets, as well as free summer concerts and artist-in-residence programs at Chicago Public Schools. The financial support garnered from the festival helps make music, dance and fresh food available to everyone regardless of their economic circumstance.

Now, shall we dance and share a drink?