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A.V. Fest is days away, Chicago. Here’s info on a water taxi, bike valet, set times, drinks, and more

The Hideout Block Party/A.V. Fest is this weekend, and we certainly hope to see you there. Here’s a last-minute bunch of information that will help those of you who’ve already bought tickets, and perhaps convince those of you who haven’t. (You can buy tickets here.)

SET TIMES
Friday, September 5: Death Cab For Cutie (8:30), Hamilton Leithauser (7:15), The Handsome Family (6:20), Bad Luck Jonathan featuring Jon Langford (5:30)

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Saturday, September 6: The War On Drugs (8:45), The Dismemberment Plan (7:30), The Funky Meters (6:30), Mac DeMarco (5:15), Sylan Esso (4:00), Valerie June (3:00), Empires (2:00), Plastic Crimewave Vision Celestial Guitarkestra (1:30)

TAKE A BOAT TO THE FEST FROM DOWNTOWN
Yes, you can take a Chicago Water Taxi from downtown (Madison Street near Ogilvie and Union Stations) to a dropoff about three blocks from the festival. It only costs $4 to ride the water taxi, and if you board before 5:30 p.m. on Friday, you’ll get a free bottle of Lagunitas beer. (Only if you’re 21, obviously.) See Chicago Water Taxi’s site for times.

THERE WILL BE TONS OF GREAT FOOD
I already posted a whole Newswire about it, but the short version is: Publican, Cheesies, Tamale Spaceship, County Barebecue, Jeni’s Ice Cream, Taquero Fusion, Wow Bao, Goose Island, Urb Garden, Bridgeport Pasty, and maybe more.

AND LOTS TO DRINK
We’re delighted to once again have Lagunitas on board for beer this year. Inside the Hideout you’ll be able to purchase Crafthouse Cocktails, some of which were created by Chicago native (and Bartender Of The Year) Charles Joly. If you like water, we’ve got Boxed Water, so hydrate.

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KIDS ARE WELCOME
We’ve got a Kids Corner from 1-5 p.m. on Saturday presented by Wishcraft Workshop. They’ll have crafts and other projects, as well as performances by Adventure Sandwhich, Mr. Loops, and more. And they’ll have kid-friendly snacks from GoGoSqueez.

GETTING THERE/FREE BIKE VALET/UBER
The only entrance to the festival is at Elston Avenue and Wabansia, which is just north of North Avenue. If you’re driving, arrive early, as street parking is limited (though not impossible). Our free Bike Valet—run by West Town Bikes and made possible by MailChimp, who will also be distributing bike lights and T-shirts—is right across from the main entrance for your convenience. The North/Clybourn Red Line stop is a 17-minute walk from the gate, and the Damen Blue Line is about 20 minutes. And Uber is offering two free rides to new users; you can sign up for that right here.

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SEE YOU THIS WEEKEND

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