You've really got to do something special to stand out in Chicago's busy festival scene. The Brilliant Corners of Popular Amusements fest that'll take over Eckhart Park this Friday-Sunday have that part more than covered. As much kiddie carnival as sonic wonderland, Brilliant Corners features a full-on midway featuring rides, circus performers, and general summertime reverie, the likes of which your standard twelve-bands-and-a-beer-tent setup can't quite match.
Of course, even without the free midway, Brilliant Corners' musical enticements would be well worth your while. With a globe-spanning selection of first-rate musical acts spread over three alluringly eclectic nightly bills—accompanied by eye-popping multimedia treats and circus performers alike—Brilliant Corners sounds downright overwhelming. We figured we'd look past the flashing lights and clown makeup and offer up our picks for the weekend's best musical offerings. Gates open at noon all three days, and tickets to all of Brilliant Corners' nightly musical lineups—and their three big-top circus acts—are available here.
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