47th Sheffield Music Festival and Garden Walk set for July 18-19

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Mark your calendar for the 47th annual Sheffield Music Festival and Garden Walk on July 18-19 when more than 80 Sheffield neighborhood gardens will open for your enjoyment. The wide array of urban gardens in our neighborhood has earned Sheffield the title,  “Garden District of Chicago.”  This year’s festival will also feature top bands such as Rusted Root, Sister Hazel, and Cowboy Mouth, as well as the return of the popular craft beer festival. 

We encourage everyone to support the neighborhood and display their gardens this year, whether an entire plot or just the front, side, deck, or backyard. To include your garden, please fill out the participation form.  Download the application from our website, www.sheffieldgardenwalk.com.  For more information, please contact Garden Search Managers Laury Lewis at lbl1948@yahoo.com or Jeannie Lawson at jeanniemlaw@att.net.  The deadline to submit gardens is June 15.

Christy Webber Landscapes and Christy Webber Landscapes Farm and Garden Center have again agreed to sponsor the gardens this year. In addition, there will be special informative garden tours of select gardens given by gardening experts.

The Sheffield Neighborhood Association has again partnered with Special Events Management of Chicago to produce this year’s festival. There will be many new events added to the festival. The Lincoln Park Craft Beer Festival will be held in the St. Vincent DePaul Church parking lot on Saturday and Sunday afternoons from noon to 4 pm. Admission will be $40, which includes 15 three-ounce tastings from over 75 varieties of craft beer. Please go to the website, www.chicagoevents.com, for more information.

The lineup of food and beverages from local establishments will offer a diverse variety of choices to please everyone’s palette.  The restaurants will be announced in the July/August issue of this newsletter.  Of course, St Vincent DePaul Church will offer its fine selection of turkey burgers (which sold out last year), hot dogs, hamburgers, brats, pretzels, and fresh lemonade.  Budweiser will be our major festival sponsor this year, featuring Bud Light and a selection of its craft beers.

Another new addition this year will be a fine arts venue featuring over 20 artists showcasing their work. This will be located on Webster in front of St. Vincent DePaul Church.

Kids’ Corner will be expanded on Belden and filled with family attractions as always:  pony rides, a petting zoo, face painting, a mini-Ferris wheel, and musical and theatrical performances. Home Depot will provide hands-on activities and Lakeshore Sports and Fitness will be demonstrating fun physical activities for kids.

As many people might not be aware, portions of the Sheffield neighborhood are registered as a national historical district and include four Chicago landmark districts. Polly Kelly, a long-time Sheffield resident and business owner, and Garden Walk co-founder, will organize guided architectural tours. These tours are very popular and fill up every year. The tours will provide an appreciation of our neighborhood’s rich architectural and historical heritage. If you would like to help Polly lead a tour, please contact her at 773-472-8380 or e-mail her at jpk2200@sbcglobal.net. Polly will provide the training as well as a detailed script. Also, the historic St. Vincent DePaul Church will provide guided tours on Saturday and Sunday of areas within the Church.

The musical entertainment will again be the highlight for musical festivals in Chicago this summer. We have added a second stage on Sheffield, north of Belden, to provide continuous music entertainment.  Feature acts will include Rusted Root, Sister Hazel, and Cowboy Mouth. We’ll have more entertainment highlights for you in the July/August issue of the SNN.  In the meantime, check our website at www.sheffieldgardenwalk.com or www.chicagoevents.com for updates.

Sponsorships and advertising are available. As a sponsor, your business will benefit from appearing on the official Sheffield Music Festival and Garden Walk poster, in our ads seen throughout Chicago, and on the Garden Walk website. For more sponsorship information, please contact Crini McCarthy at cmccarthy@chicagoevents.com.  In addition, advertise in the Garden Walk guide book, which reaches neighborhood residents and thousands of attendees from beyond our boundaries. Please contact out advertising manager, Karyn Serota, at karyn@chicagoevents.com.

The suggested donation this year will be $7 from noon to 3 pm and $10 from 3 pm to closing on both days. Gardens will be open from noon to 5:30 pm both days and Kids’ Corner will be open from noon to 7 pm both days.

The Sheffield Neighborhood Association is pleased to bring you another fine neighborhood event that funds the SNA and contributes significantly to neighborhood beautification, local parks, local schools, and many other neighborhood charities and service organizations.   Thank you for your support.

Laury Lewis is co-chairman of the Sheffield Music Festival and Garden Walk.