Summer Festivals: A.V. Fest/Hideout Block Party

Young The Giant | Aug. 7, 2013 / PHOTO BY ALEX V. HERNANDEZ

Young The Giant | Aug. 7, 2013 / PHOTO BY ALEX V. HERNANDEZ

I attended A.V. Fest/Hideout Block Party this weekend. For those not familiar with it, The Hideout is bar located just off of Elston Avenue, on the industrial area nestled between Wicker Park and Lincoln Park on the shore of the Chicago River.

Named The Hideout since it opened (legally) in 1934, the bar’s located in a balloon-frame house built in two days and still standing in 2013. For the past 17 years the bar’s block party has been a staple of the Chicago music scene.

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Slaughterhouse 19, Chicago’s longest running scooter rally

The Midnight Ride through Lower Wacker Drive. | Aug. 30, 2013 / PHOTO BY JULIE EGELAND

The Midnight Ride through Lower Wacker Drive. | Aug. 30, 2013 / PHOTO BY JULIE EGELAND

The first slaughterhouse scooter rally was held in Chicago in 1995. The rally’s name is an homage to Chicago’s history as the “hog butcher to the world.” Initially, the rally was specifically for classic vintage scooters. As the market for modern scooters has grown, Chicago’s Slaughterhouse Rally has become the Midwest’s largest gathering of scooters. Annually scooterists from all over the country descend on Chicago over Labor Day weekend to dance, eat good food, share bike tips and most importantly ride.

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