Verve Pipe, Michael McDermott and more to perform at SausageFest Chicago

This weekend, sample sausages from around the Chicago area, see who will be crowned this year’s Sausage King and listen to live music by heading out to SausageFest Chicago. Held Aug. 22 through 24, 2014, the festival takes place Chicago’s Old Town neighborhood at St. Michael’s Church (1633 N. Cleveland Ave.). What can you expect? Check out the following guide to SausageFest Chicago when planning your weekend.


Held over three days, SausageFest Chicago keeps the good times going all weekend. The festival is open on Aug. 22 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., on Aug. 23 from noon to 10 p.m., and on Aug. 24 from noon to 8 p.m. Proceeds from the festival will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project, and the festival has a suggested donation of $5 per person.

Food and beverages

Don’t forget about the sausages, either. SausageFest has some of the best sausages the Chicago area has to offer. Festival attendees can purchase sausages from six vendors: Bobak’s, Chicago’s Dog House, Bari, Paulina Market, Gilbert’s Craft Sausages, and Haute Sausage. Other food and beverages will also be available for purchase.

Musical lineup

But enough about food and beer; let’s talk music. SausageFest has more than 10 musical acts from an assortment of genres scheduled, including the following performers.

The Ivorys start the festival when they take the stage at 5 p.m. on Aug. 22. The Chicago-based dance-alternative group released its latest single, “Heartbeat,” one week ago.

The Verve Pipe, the rock band with the hit song “The Freshman,” will perform at 8:30 p.m. on Aug. 22. Overboard, the band’s latest album, was released earlier this summer to positive reviews.

Chicago-based rock group Vintage Blue takes the stage on Aug. 23 at 4 p.m. The band’s latest album, the EP No Going Back, was released this spring, and the band regularly performs in and around Chicago.

Michael McDermott is a singer, songwriter, Chicagoan and music legend, all in one, and will perform at the festival on Aug. 23 at 8 p.m.

Jacob Martin Band, a quartet out of Nashville, Tenn., closes the festival. The country music band performs at 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 24.

Additional entertainment

There’s more to SausageFest than live musical performances. Find out who will be crowned Sausage King this year, and check out the food and beverages available for purchase. If you’re heading to the festival with kids, keep in mind the event has family-friendly activities scheduled, too.

Getting there

St. Michael’s is located in Chicago’s Old Town neighborhood and is right near North Avenue. The church is near several public transportation options, with a number of CTA buses making stops right near the doorstep. In addition, you can take the Brown or Purple lines of the “L” and depart at the Sedgwick stop.

Whether you want to try different types of sausage or just catch a live musical performance, there’s something for everyone at SausageFest this year.

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