• Apple Fest 2017
  • Apple Fest

  • Usher in the Fall at the Lincoln Square Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce's 31st Annual Apple Fest!

    Dozens of vendors participate in Apple Fest every year, selling everything from candy apples to scarves and hats. Pick up fresh apple pie, hot apple cider, or even a whole bushel of apples!  When you're finished, bring your food to our Lawrence Avenue Music Stage to hear great local music while you eat.

    And parents won't have all the fun!  Kids can play in our Leland Avenue Kids Zone, featuring child-focused activities throughout the day.  There's something for everyone at Apple Fest!

  • Event Details

    Date: Saturday, October 6th & Sunday, October 7th 2018
    Time: Saturday 9am – 8pm & Sunday 9am-6pm
    Location: Lincoln Ave between Lawrence & Eastwood
    (CTA Western Brown Line Stop)
    Admission: $5 Suggested Donation

    Interested in volunteering?  While the bulk of our volunteers come from local non-profits working for a volunteer grant program - we still have holes to fill.  Please click here to view our current volunteer needs.

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    Artango Bar & Steakhouse

    • Empanadas - Choice of Beef, Chicken, or Corn and Cheese
    • Arepas - Choice of Apple and Cheese, Beef, or Chicken

    Bo's Concessions

    • Funnel Cake w/ Apple Topping
    • Apple Brats
    • Apple Cotton Candy
    • Apple Fries
    • Hot Dog and Chips
    • Lemonade

    Carbon Arc

    • Roasted Apple Chardonnay Sausage w/ Apple Mustard
    • Founders Beer Brat w/ Caramelized Onion & Grain Mustard
    • Soft Pretzel w/ Apple Mustard
    • Apple Caramel Corn
    • Popcorn
    • Kids Hot Dog

    The Chopping Block

    • Famous Whole Apple Pie w/ Cast Iron Skillet
    • Famous Apple Pie Slice w/ Handmade Whipped Cream
    • Smoked Pulled Pork Sandwiches w/ Apple Slaw

    Dinky Delights

    • Dinky Delights Donuts - choose ONE sugar topping: Cinnamon Sugar, Old Fashioned Sugar Cream Pie, Chocolate, Ginger Bread, Apple Crisp, Powdered Sugar, or Ancho Mamma's Chile Topping

    Essence of India

    • Apple Curry Chicken
    • Butter Chicken
    • Vegetable Samosa
    • Vegetable Korma
    • Shrimp Biryani 

    Gayle V's Best Ever Grilled Cheese

    • Classic - Fresh Bread, Fresh Butter and Butterkase Cheese
    • Southport - Fresh Bread, Butterkase Cheese and Smoked Onion Marmalade 
    • Abreo - Fresh Bread, White Cheddar Cheese, Honeycrisp Apple Slices and Bacon Onion Jam
    • Jake - Fresh Bread, Gouda Cheese, Ham and Apple Butter
    • Pulled Porker - Fresh Bread, Double Butterkase Cheese, Pulled Pork and Sweet Market Slaw
    • Tomato Pesto Soup - Mighty Vine Tomatoes, House Made Pesto, Local Onion, Kosher Salt and Pepper


    • Smoked Chicken & Apple Sausage
    • White German Bratwurst
    • Kobe Burgers
    • Veggie Burgers

    Lee Concessions

    • Grilled or Orange Chicken with Vegetable Rice
    • Egg Rolls
    • Crab Rangoon
    • Corn Dogs and Chicken Tenders w/ Fries
    • Cheese Curds, Cheese Fries, and Tater Tots
    • Funnel Cake w/ Apple Topping
    • Deep Fried Oreos, Snickers, and Twinkies
    • Lemonade

    Luella's Southern Kitchen

    • Apple Braised Pork Belly with Cheddar Grits
    • Fried Apple Pies w/ Cinnamon Ice Cream
    • Candied Apple Sweet Tea

    The Northman

    • Fish and Chips - malt cured Icelandic cod, cider battered, spicy gribiche, malt mist
    • Cider Donuts
    • Döner Kabob - ground and spit-roasted beef, chicken, and lamb, marinated tomato, cucumber, onion, lemon, crispy rice, yogurt, flatbread wrap
    • Apple Hand Pie
    • Northman Melt - grilled patty, dark onions, garlic aioli, butterkase

    Taco In A Bag

    • The Chipper Swine - Cider braised pork shoulder, swiss cheese, bacon, dried cranberries
    • Norberto - Braised chicken thigh, avo/jalapeno sauce, pepper jack, cilantro, dried cranberry

    Tamales Express

    • Tamales - Apple Raisin, Pork in Salsa Verde, Sweet Corn (vegan), Poblano Pepper & Cheese (vegetarian), Chicken with Mole, Black Bean & Veggies (vegan)
    • TacosSeitan and Veggies (vegan), Fish, Steak, Chicken Tinga
    • Guacamole & Chips
    • Elote (Mexican Style corn on the cob)
    • Mangoes (Mexican Style)
    • Vegan and Gluten-Free Pastries
    • Lemonade, Mexican Soft Drinks, Bottled Water



    The Chopping Block

    Hard Cider from Right Bee Cider
    This all-natural cider is made by a Chicago couple and uses local honey.

    2017 Chateau Pesquie Rose, Cotes du Ventoux, Rhône Valley, France
    Bright flavors of red berries and citrus fruits. Well-balanced and fresh, a nice accompaniment to grilled fish, vegetables or charcuterie.

    Les Deux Moulins Sauvignon Blanc, Loire, France
    Crisp and lively with vibrant minerality. Subtle grassiness and notes of lime, it's the perfect summer sipper.

    DANK HAUS, German-American Cultural Center

    Possman Pure Cider
    Hard apple cider made of country apples from Hesse, Germany.

    Spaten Oktoberfest Beer
    The beer of Munich’s famous Oktoberfest: aromatic, savoury, gold-colored.  The world's first Oktoberfest beer!

    Fischborn Dry Riesling from Germany
    Floral notes with hints of honey and peach.


    Vander Mill Totally Roasted Cider
    The medley of cinnamon, pecan, and vanilla will dance on your palate. This is a mind altering example of what cider can be.

    Metropolitan Flywheel Pilsner
    Features the spicy hop flavors and bitterness you expect in a Pilsner, but the malt bill is amped up for balance.

    3 Floyds Zombie Dust Pale Ale
    This intensely hopped and gushing undead Pale Ale will be one’s only respite after the zombie apocalypse. Created with marvelous friends in the comic industry.

    Hot Mulled Wine

    DeVois de Perret Rose Wine
    This is a smooth, easy-drinking rose blend with aromas of grapefruit zest and strawberries that are lifted by bright acidity and a clean menthol note on the finish.

    The Northman

    Northman Pub Cider
    Not too dry, not too sweet. Right in the middle, with decent acidity. Made from Michigan heirloom apples such as Grimes Golden, Northern Spy, Winter Banana & Winesap.

    Uncle John's, Cherry Cider
    Uncle John's starts with farm-fresh Apple Hard Cider, then use a special family recipe and mix in Michigan Cherry Juice. This carbonated blush brings together Michigan’s best tastes.

    Begyle, Free Bird

    Joie de Poulpe Rosrose wine

    Gougenheim Malbec,  red wine

    Ricochet's Tavern

    OutCider from 2 Towns Ciderhouse
    Rugged and fresh, OutCider isn't afraid of taking the trail less traveled. Jonagold apples are pressed, fermented, and left unfiltered, so you can experience their raw character.

    Carlsberg Beer by Carlsberg
    Slim cropped white head has no problem sticking to the glass, bright and bubbly with a shimmering pale golden hue. Very crisp with a thin body, hops and malt are proportioned very well and leave the brew quite balanced.

    Pinot Noir, red wine

    Pinot Grigio, white wine

    Savory Spice Shop

    Mulled Apple Cider, Hot & Cold (non-alcoholic)

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    Tunes throughout the day at Lincoln & Lawrence Avenues

    Saturday, October 6th 2018

    10:00am - 11:15am - 8th Annual Pooch Costume Contest, by Urban Pooch Canine Life Center
    An amazingly fun opportunity to parade your special pooch in front of our special panel of judges in hope of winning great prizes and parading around Lincoln Square. (Click HERE to register now)

    11:45am - 1:45pm - The Friends Band, Variety of Genres
    The Friends Band has something for everyone!  From top 40 current hits to popular jazz classics, you'll come to enjoy this band as one of Chicago's most delightful group of musicians!

    3:00pm - 5:00pm - Los Perros CubanosCuban Latin
    Los Perros Cubanos plays La Musica Cubana from the 1940's to today. Lead vocalist and acoustic guitarist Roger Sosa is a first generation Cuban American, who uses music to blend his cultural history with his American experience.

    6:00pm - 8:00pm - Jonas FriddleIndie Folk / Americana
    Jonas Friddle and some of his frequent collaborators form a four-piece Americana folk rock band. Drawing from the deep well of American Roots music, they play his original songs alongside energetic arrangements of traditional songs on banjo, guitar, fiddle, bass, drums, and trumpet. Jonas was raised in the mountains of North Carolina and has adopted Chicago as his home, having developed strong ties to the Old Town School of Folk Music.His banjo-driven compositions have received numerous awards including Song of the Year from The John Lennon Songwriting Competition, First Place in the Great American Song Contest and a nomination for Album of the Year in the Independent Music Awards.

    Sunday, October 7th 2018

    10:00am - Noon - Steak House Mints, Orchestral Pop
    The Steak House Mints are a super group of sorts, endowed not with the power of flight, nor the power of invisibility; but the power to melt faces. Fear not, they use their power for good. Described by the fake news media as "Glam Party Gods", The Mints play original music influenced by The Beatles, David Bowie, The Flaming Lips, and Harpo Marx.

    1:00pm - 3:00pm - The Flat Cats, Swinging Jazz and Blues
    The Flat Cats, based in Chicago, play a range of vintage and modern music rooted in the hottest swinging jazz and blues, contemporary classics, and timeless standards.  Whether you choose to listen, tap your foot, or cut a rug on the dance floor, you are sure to be entertained!  The group is comprised of six talented musicians with years of performing, arranging, and composing experience.

    4:00pm - 6:00pm - Tijuana Hercules, Swampy Blues
    Tijuana Hercules is a Chicago based hip shakin', swamp blues combo that surveys the landscape with woe eyes on the past and three eyes on the future.  The band has found musical inspiration in boogie, north Mississippi hill country blues, and hard bop.  Tijuana Hercules has released a handful of critically praised recordings.

    Featured Old Town School of Folk Music teaching artists.

    Sunday, October 7th 2018

    12:15pm - 1:00pm - Liz Klassen, Rock-Infused Folk & Jazz-Infused Rock n' Roll

    1:15pm - 2:00pm - Geoff Dolce, Indie Folk meets Garage Rock

    2:15pm - 3:00pm - Gros Ngolle Pokossi, Afro/Jazz/Pop

    3:15pm - 4:00pm - Jacob Sweet, Acoustic Guitar/Vocals

    4:15pm - 5:00pm Mike DrasslerPicker Extraordinaire

    *times subject to change


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    Kids Activities at Lincoln & Leland Avenues

    Saturday, October 6th 2018

    10:00am - 10:30am - Apple Anthems Sing-a-long, by Sulzer Library

    10:30am - 11:00am - Luis Carreon, Magician and Mentalist

    11:00am - 11:30am - Family Yoga, by Bloom Yoga

    11:30am - 12:00pm - Wiggleworms w/ Miss Liz, by Old Town School of Folk Music

    12:00pm - 1:00pm - TBD, by TBD

    1:00pm - 2:00pm - Storytelling & Live Music, by The Lucky Trikes

    2:00pm - 3:00pm The FunWizz Family Fun Show, by Brian Wismer

    3:00pm - 3:45pm Fun/Active Story-Time w/ Alex the Librarianby Sulzer Library

    Sunday, October 7th 2018

    10:00am - 10:30am - Story-Time w/ Miss Jamie, by The Book Cellar

    10:30am - 11:00am - Luis Carreon, Magician and Mentalist

    11:00am - 11:30am - Pooch and Kid Safety, by Urban Pooch Training and Fitness Center

    11:30am - 12:00pm - Wiggleworms w/ Mr. Nick, by Old Town School of Folk Music

    12:00pm - 12:45pm - The Stu Show, "Be Kind Be Positive and Read", all future superheroes invited

    1:00pm - 1:45pm - American Ninja Warriors, by Ultimate Ninjas Chicago

    2:00pm - 3:00pm Songs for all ages with Brian Jablo & Sarah Ma, by LYRIQ Music School duo

  • Apple Fest Giddings Gourmet

    Located in Giddings Plaza.  Featuring Chefs from local restaurants.

    Saturday, October 6th 2018

    1:30pm - 2:15pm - Cafe Selmarie
    Chef Ricky Sakoda demonstrates a favorite Fall dish: BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich with Celery Root-Apple Slaw on a Pretzel Bun

    3:00pm - 3:45pm - The Northman
    How to Make Hard Cider at Home: Join staff from The Northman Cider Pub & Bistro, including Cider Director Brian Rutzen, as they teach you how to make delicious "wine-like" apple cider at home, including equipment, techniques, styles, as well as a little history and lore about this fabled beverage.

  • Apple Fest Bake Off

    Located in Giddings Plaza @ 10:00am

    Sunday, October 7th 2018

    Do you make an amazing apple pie? Do you want to show off your baking skills? If you answered yes to either of these questions you should enter the 2nd annual Apple Fest Apple Pie Bake-Off!  The Bake-Off will take place on Sunday morning of Apple Fest at 10:00am in Giddings Plaza, where local culinary judges will taste and rank your baking skills.  Prizes will be awarded to the top two contestants.  Registration is limited to the first 20 forms received. Applications Deadline: October 3, 5:00pm.

    Download the Entry Form for complete details.


    Celebrate the 31st Anniversary of Apple Fest by searching for “Corey the Apple” in the businesses of Lincoln Square and Ravenswood!  Throughout the 30 days of September different businesses will have Corey the Apple hidden in their stores.  The more times you find Corey, the greater your chance to win one of three Grand Prizes!

    Download the Entry Form for complete details and to begin playing today.


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