Downpour thinned crowds but didn't dampen spirits at Ukrainian Fest and Chicago Food Social


Small groupswere eating an listening to the music

The Ukrainian Days Festival (UDF), in Smith Park, 2526 W. Grand Ave., and the Chicago Food Social in the parking lot of Kendall College, 900 N. Branch St.(near Chicago Ave. and Halsted St.), were significantly short on attendees after the tremendous downpour early Saturday afternoon, Aug. 23, but everyone's spirits were high in anticipation of people coming later in the evening.


Musicians played on at Ukrainian Day

Put on by the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America, Inc., Illinois Division, UDF will be in full swing on Sunday from noon until 10 p.m. The event is a celebration of Ukrainian culture with music, dance, ethnic food, sports competitions, crafts and family-friendly activities.


This duo was trying to make it through the rain saturated grass field at Smith Park

The Chicago Food Social is a West Town Chamber of Commerce event that has live music produced by the Empty Bottle. While the event goes from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., the major music draw will be at 6:30 p.m., Led Zepplin 2.  

Food highlights are Chef Jim Dewan from the Chicago Tribune at 12:20 p.m. followed by Chef Brian Jupiter from Frontier. The public is encouraged to make Mayonnaise faster than a Culinary Student at 3:50 and see a punch making demonstration by Will Duncan.


Lined up food trucks

Throughout those events, local food trucks will be offering up a variety of tasty morsels that can be dampened down by an assortment of beverages.



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