Blooming Fest blooms in West Chicago on May 21

One of West Chicago’s favorite traditions, Blooming Fest, returns Saturday, May 21, after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic.

The annual Garden Festival is held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. outdoors along Main Street in downtown West Chicago.

Gardening enthusiasts and everyone in between are invited to come explore the history of downtown while viewing a variety of plants, artwork, and other merchandise from event vendors.

Along with the vendors, the festival also features a wide selection of food vendors, live music, and activities the whole family can enjoy.

Food vendors include: Sugar Mama’s, Kool Kat Ice Cream, Charboys/International House of Sauces & Seasonings, Kindred Coffee, Nuts to Go, Flyin Hawaiian, La Humita, PT Snacks, Kurtos R US. LLC, Churro Babes, Extract Juicery, Poupee Puf, Lincoln Land Kettle Corn, Tamale Express, Smallcakes Elmhurst, Little Jimmy’s Italian Ice and Dragon Fire Coffee Roasters.

The entertainment stage opens with a ceremony at 9 a.m., followed by the Gary Chorus from 9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. It will be followed by guitarist and vocalist Dillon Riley from 10 a.m. to noon, and a kickboxing demo from noon to 12:45 p.m.

Miss Jamie’s Farm and the Garden Friends offer an educational musical performance for children from 1 to 1:45 p.m., followed by Leman Middle School’s Mariachi los Rayos from 2 to 2:30 p.m. and West Chicago High School Alegria Dance Group from 2:30 p.m. at 15h. There will be an artist demonstration by Marge Hall.


See the exhibition “Art in Full Bloom” at Gallery 200, 103 W. Washington St., presented in May. The exhibition showcases the magnificent works of nine artists, who are Margaret Bucholz, Marge Hall, Judi Horsley, Kathi Kuchler, Sharon Malec, Heide Morris, Laurie Parker, Britta Renwick and Marita Valdizan. Using a variety of mediums, the artists present the delights of spring with flowers, butterflies, garden art, and more. You can also see the exhibition “Alebrijes, creatures from a dream world” which is presented at Galerie 200. It is a taste of the fantastic animals which will be exhibited in Cantigny this summer.

There will be a whirlwind of balloons from noon to 3 p.m. at the corner of Main and Galena.

Stop by the West Chicago Garden Club Plant Sale, chat with University of Illinois Extension DuPage master gardeners, and check out the Ball Horticulture Van.

To see the list of vendors or find out more about the festival, go to or

Later in the evening, the West Chicago Elementary School District 33 Ballet Folklorico will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday in the school cafe.

Parking is available at City Hall, 475 Main St.; Metra Station, 508 Main St.; Republic Bank, 101 Main Street; District 94 Administrative Office, 157 W. Washington St.; and West Chicago Bible Church suburban lot, 222 Chicago St.

Watch out for street closures: Galena Street between Main Street and Tye Court from Friday May 20 from 10 a.m. to Saturday May 21 at 6 p.m.; and Main Street from Chicago Street to West Washington Street on Saturday, May 21, 5 a.m. to 6 p.m.