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Chicago Peace Fest

Chicago Peace Fest

Friday, June 17, 2011 - 4:00pm to Monday, June 20, 2011 - 1:00am

Lincoln Park
CHICAGO, IL, 60614-

Organization: Unity for a Change

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Description: Chicago Peace Fest is one of the city’s longest running FREE music festivals. Featuring over 30 live musical acts, speakers, poets, artists, and representatives from local grassroots organizations working together in support of peace and social justice. The fest is held outdoors at Lincoln Park, just south of the zoo, 1700 N. Stockton Dr. Chicago, Illinois. On the weekend of June 17, 18, and 19 from noon-nine each day.

Local Organizations are invited to set up tables and distribute materials FREE OF CHARGE!

Join us for three days of fun in the sun with good friends for a good cause. There’s no better place to spend your summer!


Set up a small tent or table, and be a part of the peace festival grounds.

Get your message out to a larger audience and increase public awareness of important issues.

Promote your organization. Get public exposure. Let the world know your group exists. Get some free advertisement.

This is a chance to build your social network and meet other community leaders and social activists in person. Find like-minded people who are ready to help the cause, get involved, and take action. Initiate conversations and start a dialogue that will continue on into the future.

Find people who will want to join your organization. Encourage participation and increase membership.

Get contact information from people in attendance, sign up new members for your group.

Get people to sign up for an email list serve.

Get people to sign a petition in support of a good cause. Promote a local initiative.

Empower people with truth, direction, and encouragement. Educate people about what is going on in the world, present attendees with information they need to know about important issues, and offer new perspectives on reality.

Hand out literature, distribute leaflets and DVD’s.

Speak to the crowd, ask the emcee to take the microphone in between bands and say a few words on stage.

Collect donations and raise some money.

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How much would you have to pay to get such publicity? The Chicago Peace Fest is an entirely FREE event!!!

The Chicago Peace Fest crew has taken care of providing the permits, staging and sound, musical performances, promotion, vending, portapotties, security, waste management, etc. all you have to do is show up, have a good time, and do what you do best!

Unlike other commercial green / music festivals, we are a nonprofit community venue that is hosting the event entirely in support of peace. We hope you will join us!


RSVP in advance if you would like to have us reserve a space for your organization. Or just show up on the day of the fest and we will help you find a spot.


The Peace Fest is located at Lincoln Park (just south of the zoo) @ 1700 N. Stockton Dr., Chicago, Illinois, 60614.



Driving / Parking: There is a pay parking lot directly next to the festival on Stockton Dr. If you drive it is a good idea to car pool.

By Train: Take the CTA Brown or Purple lines to Sedgwick, or the Red line to North / Clybourn, or the Blue line to Damen. The Brown and Purple lines are closest (a few blocks away). The Blue line is the farthest (3 miles away). You can transfer to any CTA train in the loop. Whatever train you take, when you get off start heading east towards the lakefront until you arrive at Lincoln Park.

By Bus: To head North / South take one of the following buses: 22 Clark, 36 Broadway, 151 Sheridan, 156 Lasalle.

Check out the CTA homepage ( for more information on Chicago’s public transit system.


Groups must provide all of their own equipment including tables, tents, chairs, electricity or anything else that may be required. The Peace Fest only provides a friendly space and does NOT provide any other resources or equipment.

Large tents require special permits by the city. Do NOT bring any tent over 12 feet tall.


There is a service road that runs through the park that is accessible near the corner of LaSalle Dr. and Stockton. This road can be used ONLY to drop off and pick up equipment such as tents, tables, chairs, etc.


Please drive very slowly through the park. Vehicles cannot be parked on the service road and must be immediately moved after drop offs and pickups. There will be a member of the Peace Fest Staff available near the stage if any help is needed to load or unload and carry equipment to and from your vehicle.


Tables and tents can be kept backstage overnight (on Friday and Saturday) so that you don’t have to haul everything back and forth each day. A security guard will be hired to watch the area. We will do our very best to keep your belongings safe but the Peace Fest is not responsible for any lost or stolen items.

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For any further inquires please email Mike Kalas at or Jim Patton at