Fringe Festival in Jeff Park shutting down after raising over $230,000 for artists
by BRIAN NADIG
The Chicago Fringe Festival, which has taken place in recent years in early September in Jefferson Park, is ceasing operations after 10 years.
The unjuried festival features a variety of uncensored performances, which include comedy, music, dance and drama. The festival also had children-oriented performances.
The festival took place at a variety of venues in and near the Milwaukee-Lawrence commercial district, including the Congregational Church of Jefferson Park, 5320 W. Giddings St. Performers from around the world traveled to Chicago, and many of them stayed in the homes of Jefferson Park families, saving on hotel costs.
In the past 10 years the festival presented 367 total performances, raising $231,654 for the artists.
“As our festival has grown, so have the personal and professional lives of our volunteer staff. Unfortunately, at this time we are unable to commit to the demands of an annual festival.
“I am so grateful for the astonishing community of volunteers, artists and patrons that came together to embrace weird, inventive, challenging performances from around the world. I look forward to celebrating the community we built this spring,” said festival executive director Anne Cauley. A festival celebration party is scheduled for Saturday, June 1, at the Windsor Tavern and Grill, 4530 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Fringe festivals are held in other cities around the world. Performers are chosen on a random basis through a lottery.