Taste of Lincoln Avenue 2008

Taste of Lincoln Avenue Date: July 26-27, 2008 Cost: $7 before 5 p.m., $10 after Organizer: Chicago Special Events Management What to expect: A crowded street full of music, food and families.

Why to go: Over 40 local and national music acts (including Little Feat, 8 p.m. Saturday). There's also a block-long Kids Carnival that is sure to please.

Additional info: The Kids Carnival takes place on Altgeld Street between Lincoln and Halsted (noon-6 p.m.). It includes a giant slide, petting zoo, face painting and more. There is also a "Virgin" Wine Garden, sponsored by the Virgin family of wines, at Lill Street and Lincoln featuring both tastings and sales. Five stages of entertainment run music continuously. This event benefits the Wrightwood Neighbors Association.

The event takes place on a major artery in the heart of Lincoln Park, where high home values meet the DePaul University population. The area is the home to many of Chicago's oldest and most favored restaurants.

Begun as a small neighborhood fund raiser, today Taste of Lincoln Avenue is one of the largest neighborhood festivals in the region, covering six city blocks. The event features 300 vendors and presents approximately 40 musical acts. attracting a mix of young professionals and families. Five entertainment stages are in operation throughout the event featuring top-name national music headliners, Blues acts, hometown bands, Country acts, and entertainment for kids.

The event also features an entire city block devoted to children's entertainment.