Best of Chicago free festivals 2010: Photo gallery

A visual reminder of the varied sonic feasts we've come to rely on downtown
 (Photograph: Will Rice)
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Photograph: Will RicePassion Pit at Taste of Chicago.
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Photograph: Will RicePassion Pit at Taste of Chicago.
 (Photograph: Will Rice)
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Photograph: Will RicePassion Pit at Taste of Chicago.
 (Photograph: Dana Loftus)
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Photograph: Dana Loftus
 (Photos By Bekki Y. Wasmuth)
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Photos By Bekki Y. WasmuthChicago Blues Fest 2010
 (Photos By Bekki Y. Wasmuth)
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Photos By Bekki Y. WasmuthChicago Blues Fest 2010
 (Photos By Bekki Y. Wasmuth)
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Photos By Bekki Y. WasmuthChicago Blues Fest 2010
 (Photograph: Max Herman)
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Photograph: Max HermanBhangratheque, World Music Festival
 (Photograph: Will Rice)
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Photograph: Will RiceCaribou at Downtown Sound
 (Photograph: Will Rice)
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Photograph: Will RiceCaribou at Downtown Sound
 (Photograph: Will Rice)
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Photograph: Will RiceBudos Band at Downtown Sound
 (Photograph: Will Rice)
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Photograph: Will RiceBudos Band at Downtown Sound
 (Photograph: Nick Foli)
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Photograph: Nick FoliCorn kid, Taste of Chicago
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PHOTO: Nick Foli
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 (Photograph: Chandler West)
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Photograph: Chandler WestKid Sister at Downtown Sound
 (Photograph: Dana Loftus)
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Photograph: Dana LoftusShe & Him at Downtown Sound
 (Photograph: Dana Loftus)
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Photograph: Dana LoftusShe & Him at Downtown Sound
 (Photograph: Dana Loftus)
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Photograph: Dana LoftusShe & Him at Downtown Sound
 (Photograph: Max Herman)
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Photograph: Max HermanThe Flashbulb at Sonar Chicago
 (Photograph: Max Herman)
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Photograph: Max HermanMartyn at Sonar
 (Photograph: Max Herman)
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Photograph: Max HermanNosaj Thing at Sonar
 (Photograph: Max Herman)
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Photograph: Max HermanLa Chambre des Machines at Sonar
 (Photograph: Max Herman)
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Photograph: Max HermanNaomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens
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When it comes to sounds downtown, the City of Chicago's menu of free-to-the-public music festivals and concerts has been something to be touted as both a sign of our voracious appetite for music culture and evidence of our informed staff of cultural programmers. Critics may have sometimes nitpicked here and there, but largely the city's music-savvy population has enjoyed the city's programming with a kind of lucky grin on its face. These days, the future is not so bright, so the mood is more one of lower expectations. It seems apropos to take a look back at the year in music via the city's free festivals. Don't be bashful, comment below if there's something we forgot to include and we'll see what we can do.

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