More than entertainment kicks off 6th season of Tuesdays at the Triangle


In its sixth year, Tuesdays at the Triangle is going beyond delivering two hours of free entertainment in the Polish Triangle each Tuesday evening from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. through August 28. At the inaugural evening Tuesday, June 5, two new food vendors will offer tamales and pizza and more vendors will be coming on board in following weeks. 

Where Division, Milwaukee and Ashland meet, Ishmael Ali's Je'raf band opens the series event today.

The group's members are Brianna Tong (Cordoba) - vocals, Jolene W/E (Blacker Face) - vocals, P.T. Bell (Submerser) - electric bass, vocals, electronics Ishmael Ali (Errata) - guitar, electronics Eli Namay (Devouring the Guilt) - upright bass Bill Harris (Four Letter Words) - drum set and David Fletcher (S.O.C.) - trombone special guest saxophonist. 

Self-described as a new project rooted in funk, free, jazz, U.K. grime, and futurism, their goal is to excite movement, dance, thought and vivacity. Thus they encourage audience movement during their performances. 

While some chairs are provided, participants in these weekly Triangle experiences are encouraged to bring their own favorite chair. 

Tamales Express (tamales and tacos)  and Langhe Market (wood-fired pizza) will be the first food vendors for the season, offering tasty temptations to enjoy while listening to the music or to take home. 

Created and produced by the Polish Triangle Coalition, the remainder of the season is in place as a result of Board Member Kapra Fleming's diligent work, for the sixth season. 

Entertainment lineup

More vendor spaces are available for the rest of the season. Vending can include non-food related items. Details are on the PTC website. Marketplace hours are 4 to 8 p.m. 

Several supports are assisting in elevate the quality of performers through their contributions. They are Activate! Chicago, Adventure Stage Chicago, Ald. Brian Hopkins, Midwest Franchise Owner's Association, ChiME, Chicago Department of Transportation Make Way for People, City of Chicago Year of Creative Youth 2018, Near North Montessori, Our Urban Times, Wicker Park Bucktown Special Service Area #33 and Wintrust Bank – Logan Square. 

With the goal of revitalizing the triangular transportation hub for four communities, the Polish Triangle Coalition grew out of a Public Spaces placemaking project in 2009. In 2011, SSA #33 efforts to host a farmers market survived for two years

Also in 2011, the Polish Triangle Coalition was formed. Progress continues to move forward on the Triangle's future which affects the surrounding four neighborhoods: Wicker Park, East Village, Noble Square and Pulaski Park.




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