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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 Rice

Passion Pit at Taste of Chicago.

 (Photograph: Will Rice)
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Photograph: Will Rice

Passion Pit at Taste of Chicago.

 (Photograph: Will Rice)
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Photograph: Will Rice

Passion 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. Wasmuth

Chicago Blues Fest 2010

 (Photos By Bekki Y. Wasmuth)
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Photos By Bekki Y. Wasmuth

Chicago Blues Fest 2010

 (Photos By Bekki Y. Wasmuth)
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Photos By Bekki Y. Wasmuth

Chicago Blues Fest 2010

 (Photograph: Max Herman)
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Photograph: Max Herman

Bhangratheque, World Music Festival

 (Photograph: Will Rice)
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Photograph: Will Rice

Caribou at Downtown Sound

 (Photograph: Will Rice)
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Photograph: Will Rice

Caribou at Downtown Sound

 (Photograph: Will Rice)
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Photograph: Will Rice

Budos Band at Downtown Sound

 (Photograph: Will Rice)
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Photograph: Will Rice

Budos Band at Downtown Sound

 (Photograph: Nick Foli)
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Photograph: Nick Foli

Corn kid, Taste of Chicago

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PHOTO: Nick Foli

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 (Photograph: Chandler West)
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Photograph: Chandler West

Kid Sister at Downtown Sound

 (Photograph: Dana Loftus)
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Photograph: Dana Loftus

She & Him at Downtown Sound

 (Photograph: Dana Loftus)
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Photograph: Dana Loftus

She & Him at Downtown Sound

 (Photograph: Dana Loftus)
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Photograph: Dana Loftus

She & Him at Downtown Sound

 (Photograph: Max Herman)
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Photograph: Max Herman

The Flashbulb at Sonar Chicago

 (Photograph: Max Herman)
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Photograph: Max Herman

Martyn at Sonar

 (Photograph: Max Herman)
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Photograph: Max Herman

Nosaj Thing at Sonar

 (Photograph: Max Herman)
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Photograph: Max Herman

La Chambre des Machines at Sonar

 (Photograph: Max Herman)
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Photograph: Max Herman

Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens

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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