A Chicago Father's Day weekend tradition is the Onesti Festa Pasta Vino Festival at 24th and Oakley Avenue. Chicago is home to a large, proud Italian-American population. "This event is about tradition, family, and our heritage," said Ron Onesti, chairman of Festa Pasta Vino. "Generations-old recipes surrounded by amazing music and fine wine in a classic neighborhood setting...really, can it get any better?"
This annual celebration of Italian culture located in the classic “The Heart of Chicago” generations–old Italian neighborhood draws approximately 25,000 attendees annually. The event features three stages of headline entertainment, great Italian wines, authentic Italian food specialties along with crafted Italian merchandise makes this a Father’s Day weekend tradition for many families.
The Heart of Italy neighborhood was settled around 1900 by the northern Italians, from the regions of Tuscany and Piedmont. The southern Italians settled primarily in the Taylor Street area. Although both regions of Italy are represented in the neighborhood, the restaurants and shops around 24th Place and Oakley Avenue in the 25th Ward still reflect their northern Italian roots.
The suggested donation is $7 for adults as a contribution for the entertainment, security, transportation, staging and equipment costs associated with the celebration. The event is open to the public and is independently produced by the Onesti Entertainment Corporation and The Heart of Italy Association.