Music and Micheladas: Miche Fest Celebrates Five Years

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What: Miche Fest 2023

When: Saturday and Sunday, June 24-25 from 12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Where: Harrison Park, 1824 S. Wood St., Chicago, IL

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Tickets: www.michefest.live

Chicago, IL – From the first tickle from the beer bubbles, the sharpness from the lime to the twinge of heat from the Valentina sauce, a michelada is not a drink, it’s a whole vibe. There is a myriad of variations to this delectable drink. You can garnish it with lime, shrimp, pork rinds, and even mango or pineapple. It can be on the hot side or a little bit sweet, it all depends on the mood. It’s the perfect day drink, especially on a hot summer day in Chicago, while traipsing around a music festival like Miche Fest 2023, previously called Chicago Michelada Fest, where the michelada is everything. At Miche Fest, there are live international acts, an adult playground, food trucks and local merchandise vendors.

But Miche Fest, presented by ‘Tribú Presents,’ is so much more than the drink it celebrates. It’s a celebration of Latin music and culture. “We first created Miche Fest in 2018 as a platform to showcase Chicago’s vibrant and diverse communities, local food and beer vendors, musical and artistic talents, and to support small businesses,” says Co-founder Miguel Torres. And this continues to be the case in its fifth year. The tunes will be nonstop thanks to local Chicago DJs, who will be keeping the music flowing, including sets by Miriam, King Inesse, MO MAMI, Karennoid, DJ Zel, DJ La Queen, Mamicana, CEDEÑO, and DJ Squadooble.

Founders of the fest, Fernando Nieto and Miguel Torres, both grew up in Pilsen and are excited about bringing such a cool event to the neighborhood, which includes multi-genre musical acts. This year marks the 5th year for Miche Fest, and it has progressed tremendously since the first year. Aside from scaling up with top acts like Prince Royce, El Tri, Gerardo Ortiz, bringing in a variety of local food, local art and micheladas, “It truly is a celebration of our culture, not just for Chicagoans, but for Latinos everywhere,” says Torres. 

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Although there were some concerns by neighbors regarding noise, unruly attendees and after-fest cleanup, Nieto and Torres told community members that they are open to hear from them and created a hotline they can call or text (312.885.1039). Other neighbors said they support the fests because they bring money into Pilsen. Miche Fest is expected to have around 7,500 attendees each day. Many local vendors are part of the fest and surrounding businesses also see an increase in customers.

Since its first year, Miche Fest has used the opportunity to give back. The first year, they donated to the Dreamer Fund and over the years, organizers of these festivals have given to other local non-profits like Mujeres Latinas en Accion and Elevarte. This year, they are giving back to Pilsen-area athletic programs.

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Saturday, June 24th 2023 

PRINCE ROYCE • NATTI NATASHA • ELVIS CRESPO • RKM Y KEN-Y • NORIEL• DAAZ • MIRIAM • KING INESSE• MO MAMI• KARENNOID • DJ LA QUEEN

Sunday, June 25th 2023

GERARDO ORTIZ • ALEX LORA Y EL TRI • BANDA LOS RECODITOS • GRUPO KUAL GRUPO VANGUARDIA • LILO BERMÚDEZ • LA ORGANIZACIÓN • MAMICANA • CEDEÑO • DJ ZEL • SQUADOOBLE

Hosted By: Jesse El Grandote

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