Do Division Street Festival has hit the West Town area of Chicago every summer since 2007, comprised of live music, local retail vendors, and plenty of great Chicago food. Each year, the live music features artists programmed by two local live music venues: The Empty Bottle and Subterranean. The Empty Bottle was named “One of the best clubs in America” by Rolling Stone Magazine in 2013 and is known for their unique, cutting edge music bookings. Subterranean also has a stellar reputation in the live music scene and has hosted performances by artists like The National, Portugal. The Man, and Young The Giant.
Due to this year’s COVID-19 pandemic, the festival is going virtual. #DoDivisionAtHome is featuring a virtual stage with live streamed performances this weekend on Friday, June 26 and Saturday, June 27.
Check out the lineups below:
Friday, June 26th
Empty Bottle Presents
5:15-5:45pm – Wyatt Waddell
6:15pm-6:45pm – We Were Promised Jetpacks (solo)
7:15-7:45pm – Fran
8:15-8:45pm – Ohmme
Saturday, June 27th
5:15-5:45pm – Heligoats
6:15-6:45pm – Sen Morimoto
7:15-7:45pm – Ratboys
8:15pm-8:45pm – Pedro The Lion (solo)
Aside from music, there are also retail and food & beverage specials that you can take advantage of at home that run from June 24 through July 1. Click here to check it out. There is a suggested $10 donation to attend this event, even though it’s virtual. Proceeds go to the West Town Chamber of Commerce, which is a 501 C6 non-profit that provides valuable programs and services for small businesses in West Town. You can donate here.
Lots of shows and festivals have been canceled or postponed in Chicago this summer and it will be interesting to see if any others follow suit in terms of going virtual. Only time will tell.