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'Andersonville Homecoming' Sept. 24-26; line-up, vendors, safety protocols announced
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CHICAGO (Sept. 15, 2021) — The Andersonville Chamber of Commerce (ACC) is pleased to announce the full entertainment line-up and vendors for Andersonville Homecoming, a three-night, two-day outdoor festival featuring live performances, local artisans and merchants, food and drink, carnival games and free kids' activities and more! The end-of-summer celebration will be held Friday, September 24 — Sunday, September 26, 2021 on Clark St. between Catalpa Ave. and Summerdale Ave. The hours will be Friday, 5 pm — 10 pm; and Saturday and Sunday, 11 am — 10 pm.

Admission to the event is a $10 suggested donation at the gate, with proceeds benefiting the work of the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce.

COVID safety protocols: The Chamber recommends that all attendees be fully vaccinated prior to the festival. COVID testing is also recommended both before and after the event. All vendors, volunteers and staff are required to wear masks. Hand sanitizing stations will be located at each entrance and throughout the festival. Walgreens will provide COVID vaccines and flu shots on Saturday 9/25 from 11 am — 4:30 pm.

Andersonville Homecoming will feature three stages of live entertainment located at Catalpa Ave. (main stage), Summerdale Ave. and Rascher Ave., with headliners and neighborhood favorites including Roy Kinsey, Renee Goust, Sixteen Candles, Lynne Jordan and the Shivers, Andersonville's own Laura Doherty & the Heartbeats, Justice Hill & Nighttime Love and Dancing Queen: An ABBA Salute. The Rascher stage puts the spotlight on some of the area's hottest DJs and features nightly digital street projections curated by Trey Elder and Quiet Pterodactyl. The full entertainment schedule is listed below or on the Andersonville Homecoming Page.

The vendor line-up of artisans, merchants and non-profits includes Brave Space Alliance, Defloured: A Gluten Free Bakery, Edgewater Candles, Evoke Tattoos, 48th Ward Neighbors for Justice, Indivisible IL9 Voter Registration, J & L Pogonotrophics, Kotupha Gourmet Popcorn, Mashallah, Middle Sister Card Co., Molly Costello Art & Design, Moon Bow Studio, Nomadic Ant & Quiet Pterodactyl, Six Point Pet, SmushFace Goods, StellaLily, Teresa Therrian, Tree House Humane Society, Twenty-One Senses and Von Poof Cotton Candy. A Vintage Market featuring 10-15 local vendors will be held Sunday 9/26 from 10 am — 3 pm at Summerdale Ave. & Ashland Ave., curated by Emma Lewis of The Twentieth. Food and drink vendors include Blackhawk BBQ, Genoa Italian and Lee Concessions.

Festival firsts include "Instagram Wall" art installations featuring moments from the festival curated by Cushing, Chicago artist Molly Costello and ACC, plus nightly digital street projections. Twenty-One Senses is sponsoring a "Calm Room" for children with sensory sensitivities and disabilities, and "sensory bags" will be available for checkout through the Chamber. Urban Pooch is sponsoring the very first "Homecoming K9 King and Queen." To nominate your favorite pooch, post a photo of your pet on Instagram with a note about Andersonville Homecoming and the hashtags #urbanpooch and #avillechamber. Then ask your friends to vote by liking the post. The winners will be crowned on Saturday 9/24 at 5:45 pm on the Catalpa Stage. As part of ACC's ongoing efforts to be one of the City's most environmentally mindful neighborhoods, Encora will provide food vendors with reusable containers to minimize waste and compost bins will be located throughout the festival sponsored by WasteNot Compost, the only zero-emissions compost company in the Midwest.

The full Andersonville Homecoming entertainment line-up includes:

CATALPA STAGE (main stage at Catalpa & Clark):

Friday, Sept. 24

8:30 pm Roy Kinsey

6:30 pm Dancing Queen: An ABBA Salute

6 pm High-Hat Second Line

5 pm Friday Night Kick-Off featuring Molly Callinan of Catfight and other special guests, including State Senator Simmons and 40th Ward Alderman Andre Vasquez.

Saturday, Sept. 25

8:30 pm Renee Goust

7 pm Emily Blue

5:30 pm White Mystery

4 pm Bev Rage & the Drinks

2:30 pm Gus Giordano Dance School

2 pm Chicago Spirit Brigade

12:30 pm Sam Fazio

11am Community Workout with Hardware Strength and Conditioning

Sunday, Sept. 26

8 pm Sixteen Candles

6 pm Lowdown Brass Band

4 pm Catfight

2:30 pm Moritat

1 pm Mel Senese

12 pm Chicago Gay Men's Chorus

SUMMERDALE STAGE (at Summerdale & Clark):

Saturday, Sept. 25

9 pm Lynne Jordan and the Shivers

7:30 pm Dance Loud

6 pm The Bangers

5 pm Glass Lux

3:30 Walker

3 pm Drag Queen Story Time featuring Alexis Bevels

2 pm The Oh Yeahs

12:30 pm Ryan Burns & the Vocal Ghosts

Sunday, Sept. 26

9 pm Justice Hill & Nighttime Love

7 pm Taylor Mallory

5:30 pm Tears Dry On Their Own

4 pm Laura Doherty & the Heartbeats

3 pm Drag Queen Story Time featuring Alexis Bevels

1 pm Willy Wonka Soundtrack Live! by Joe Clark and Friends

RASCHER DJ Booth (at Rascher & Clark):

Saturday, Sept. 25

8 pm Redux DJs with digital projection

7 pm High-Hat Second Line with digital projections

6 pm DJ All the Way Kay

5 pm Environmental Encroachment

4 pm Larry Miller

3 pm DJ Quin Kirchner

2 pm Environmental Encroachment

2 pm Quiet Pterodactyl DJs featuring Chicago Spirit Brigade

Sunday, Sept. 26

8 pm DJ Sadie Woods with digital projections

7 pm DJ Ariel Zetina with digital projections

6 pm DJ Tess

5 pm DJ Bumbac Joe

4 pm DJ Jamie Hayes

2 pm Chicago Traffic Jam

12 pm Mimosas with DJ Mark "Moose" Moder featuring Chicago Spirit Brigade (proceeds from mimosa sales benefit Brave Space Alliance)

For additional updates, visit the Andersonville Homecoming Page.

Comments ACC Director of Business Services and District Manager David Oakes, "Andersonville Homecoming will be a special moment where we can give a 'thank you' to the folks who have supported our business owners, their employees and those who have given back to the community for the past 17 months. Homecoming is also a very important fundraiser for the Chamber that allows us to continue to provide resources, support and time to continue to make Andersonville different, welcoming and committed to inclusion."

The Andersonville Chamber of Commerce (ACC) fosters a vibrant environment in which Andersonville businesses can thrive by attracting a diverse customer base; providing business support services and advocacy; and engaging in business attraction, long-range planning, and economic development.

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