Foster Avenue Beach
Full Moon Jam
For those of you that want something truly unique, off-the-beaten-path, and not-to-be-found-in-a-guidebook-to-Chicago, I give you the Full Moon Jam. I've lived here for almost a decade and didn't even know about it until recently. From May through October, during every full moon, fire spinners, musicians, and spectators alike gather at the turf fields just south of Foster Avenue Beach for an evening of spontaneous pyrotechnics, music and fun. From afar, you will see the flicker of fire amongst the trees. As you approach, you'll hear the throbbing of drums in your chest. Upon arriving, you'll see the fire-lit faces of spectators that encircle the performers. And at last you will witness the awesome performance of the artisan fire spinners, dancing, twisting and twirling both themselves, and their flaming devices, all about the unscorched earth below their feet. The gathered crowd is a mix of young and old, couples and families, with a slack line tied between two trees to test ones balance, and a taco cart nearby for an evening snack if you like. And let us not forget that this wonderful jam takes place under the watchful eye of Chicago's full moon.
By Matthew Keesecker, AFAR Local Expert
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