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Square Roots Festival

July 12, 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

|Recurring Event (See all)

One event on July 13, 2019 at 12:00 pm

One event on July 14, 2019 at 12:00 pm

Square Roots, the one-of-a-kind craft beer and music experience, returns to Lincoln Square July 12 -14, boasting more than 70 acts on four stages (two indoorand two outdoor), and more than 50 regional craft brews paired with Lincoln Square’s finest restaurants and local artisans. Presented by the Old Town School of Folk Music (OTSFM) and the Lincoln Square Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce (LSRCC), the three-day festival will feature music, dance parties, and plenty of family fun.

Events Details:

Dates:Friday, July 12, 5-10 pm; Saturday, July 13, noon-10 pm.; Sunday, July 14, noon-9 pm
Location:4400 – 4560 N Lincoln Avenue(between Montrose and Wilson).
Cost:Suggested donation of $10 for adults, $5 for seniors/kids, $20 for families
**Donations support LSRCC’s free community concert programming throughout the year, and OTSFM’s financial aid programs.

2019 marks the8thAnnual Square Roots Festival in Chicago’s historic Lincoln Square neighborhood. More than 30,000 fans will attend Square Roots,which providesa comfortable and inviting, multidimensional experience appealing to music-lovers, foodies, and craft beer enthusiasts alike.

The Music

Festivalgoers can expect four music stages, both inside the Old Town School and outside on Lincoln Avenue, programmed with an eclectic and vibrant mix of performers from local indie rockers and world-class music stars, to Old Town School teaching artists and students.

Musical performances will include Son Volt, Camper Van Beethoven, Cracker, The Wild Reeds, 47 Soul, Ivan Barrios, and a special 25th Anniversary Celebration of Bloodshot Records featuring Murder By Death, Mekons with secret surprise guests.

Many more artists will be announced and the full scheduleof performers and featured headliners will be posted over the coming weeks at

The Beer
In addition to great music, Square Roots is proud to be one of Chicago’s most anticipated craft beer festivals of the summer. The festival features the best local and regional craft breweries with a wide variety of styles. With special tappings throughout the festival and in the designated brew lounge, there’s something to quench every type of thirst.

Offering a total of over 50 unique craft brews, 20 popular Midwest breweries will have a presence at Square Roots including Half Acre Beer Company, Begyle Brewing Company, Dovetail Brewery, 5 Rabbit Cerveceria, Ravinia Brewing Company, Sketchbook Brewing Company, Spiteful Brewing, Ten Ninety Brewing Company, Temperance Beer Company, and Metropolitan Brewing.  The full beer list will be available in the coming weeks at

The Food

Nearly twenty top restaurants from in and around Lincoln Square will be in the spotlight this year as well, serving up mouthwatering dishes for guests to enjoy with the endless list of cold craft beers. New restaurants added to this year’s lineup offering delicious eats include Green Leaf Thai Cuisine, Luella’s Gospel Bird and Sweet Pepper Venezuelan Food Bar. They round out the collection of festival mainstays that include Amy’s Candy Bar, Artango Bar & Steakhouse, Bistro Campagne, Bo’s Concessions, Byron’s Hot Dogs, Dinky Delights, Essence of India, Gather, Groundswell Coffee Roasters, Isla Pilipina, Jerry’s, Lee’s Concessions, Luella’s Southern Kitchen, Miku Sushi, Taco in a Bag, and The Budlong Hot Chicken.

A full list of menu offerings will be announced at the coming weeks.

The Market Vendors
Square Roots provides a large market area of vendors, all based in Illinois and nearly half from the Lincoln Square neighborhood and surrounding areas, making it a true community event.

Shop distinctive items from Square Roots vendors, many who only set up shop once a year.

Visit the coming weeks to view a full list of vendors.

The Family Fun
Square Roots is one of the only festivals in the city to offer a family-friendly environment. With the Old Town School of Folk Music leading the entertainment, there will be a lot of reasons to twist and shout. From Wiggleworms performances for the little ones, to an art tent and instrument petting zoo, to an interactive sonic sculpture from Swing Set Drum Kit, Square Roots is perfect for families with children of all ages.

To view a full list of family fun activities, visit

Dates:Friday, July 12, 5-10 pm; Saturday, July 13, noon-10 pm.; Sunday, July 14, noon-9 pm
Location:4400 – 4560 N Lincoln Avenue(between Montrose and Wilson).


July 12
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Lincoln Square
4400 N. Lincoln Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625 United States

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