Weekly Worldly Events



Guest post by Lucia Anaya, Community Media Workshop New Media Intern

Square Roots Festival

July 12–July 14

Get ready for a weekend full of musical performances and craft beer. Co-presented by the Old Town School of Folk Music and the Lincoln Square Chamber of Commerce, Square Roots Festival has something to do for the whole family.

Expect performances by Sierre Leone’s Refugee All Stars, Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside, Fatoumata Diawara, The Black Lillies, Birds of Chicago, The Sanctified Grumblers, Jon Langford & Skull Orchard, JD Wilkes & The Dirt Daubers, Le Vent du Nord, Savoy Family Band, Glenn Jones, Boukman Eksperyans, The Meditations, and Alasdair Roberts & Friends.

As well as craft beers and cider pours from Two Brothers, Lagunitas, 5 Rabbit, Hinterland, Founders, Revolution, Metropolitan, Vander Mill, Finch’s, and Virtue.

Lincoln Ave between Montrose and Wilson Aves. July 12, 5pm–10pm; Juyl 13, noon–10pm; July 14, noon–8pm. $10, children and seniors $5


Bocafloja with Illuminati Congo

July 13

Mexico City poet, hip hop and spoken word artist, Bocafloja will spearhead a lecture, workshop and performance in Pilsen’s NiteCap Coffee Bar. Bocafloja is recognized in Mexico as the pioneer of the utilization of hip hop culture as an alternative tool to create awareness, developing a different form for political participation that reaches and is more relevant to marginalized youth. Join him along with Illuminati Congo for a night of afro-beat, reggae and hip hop.

Here’s the schedule:

5:30- 6:30 p.m.  Screen Printing Activity by Power to Panamá and Libertad Youth Libertad Youth-Collaborative

6:30 – 7:30 p.m. BOCAFLOJA Lecture & Workshop “Moving towards Emancipation”

8-10 p.m. Performances begin

For more information click here.

NiteCap Coffee Bar, 1738 W. 18th St. July 13 6-10 p.m. $10 suggested donation


Downtown Sounds Featuring Fatoumata Diawara and Alasdair Roberts and Friends

July 15

Fataumata Diawara’s music is a blend of jazz, pop and funk along with sounds from her ancestral Wassoulou tradition. She’ll bring her unique sound to Downtown Sound, a musical summer weekly series at Millennium Park that brings musicians from around the world and of all genres under one roof.

For more information click here.

Millennium Park, 201 E. Randolph St. July 15, 6:30 p.m. Free.


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