Festivals and events are poised to make a big comeback this summer—and one of Chicago's most beloved teams is getting in on the fun. This morning, the Chicago Bulls announced the inaugural Bulls Fest, which will take place outside of the United Center on September 3 and 4 during Labor Day weekend. Don't worry about scoring a ticket, because this two-day event will offer free admission to all fans.
The centerpiece of the street festival will be a 3v3 basketball tournament for youth, teen, adult and wheelchair basketball teams. Taking place on courts set up in one of the United Center's parking lots, you'll be able to check out games throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday. If you're interested in participating in the tournament, you can find more details about registration on the Bulls Fest 3v3 Tournament website. Just be prepared to fork over a registration fee—early-bird prices are in effect through April 30.
The Bulls are also partnering with Logan Square art gallery All Star Press to host a showcase of local artists in the United Center Atrium called the "1966 Gallery," filled with creative interpretations of the Bulls brand. Next door at the Madhouse Team Store, Bulls Fest attendees will be able to purchase exclusive merchandise, with a portion of proceeds supporting Chicago Bulls Charities.
Bulls Fest will also feature local food and drink vendors as well as live music throughout the weekend, including appearances from the Bucket Boys, the Bulls DJs, the Incredibulls and the Luvabulls. Vendor and music lineups haven't been announced yet, but you can expect plenty of Chicago eats and sets from "well-known and local performers." Plus, Benny the Bull will be in attendance—just keep an eye on him if he heads for the popcorn stand.
The festival will take place on Madison Street between Wood Street and Damen Avenue, as well as in parking lots to the north of the United Center. Keep an eye out for additional details in the coming months on the official Bulls Fest website. And don't be surprised if some other local sports teams decide to get in on the summer festival fun.