Chicago Korean Festival

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Summer is the time for street and neighborhood festivals. Every weekend there are a few of these events. The Chicago Korean Festival is held this Saturday and Sunday at Bryn Mawr and Central Park, in the Albany Park neigborhood.

The festival promotes, educates, and celebrates Korean food, culture, and history as well as promoting Korean owned businesses and professions in the Chicago area.

The festival was started by the Korean Chamber of Commerce to promote Chicago's Korean business community. It is billed as the largest Korean event in the Midwest and one of the city's largest ethnic festivals. The Korean War ended sixty years ago. To celebrate the armistice, Main Township school board member, Jim Lee, will display his collection of memorabilia from the conflict.

This year there is a new addition, "Chow Down in Korea Town". It is an eight minute kimchee eating contest. Professional and amateur challengers will go up against champion eater, Sonya "Black Widow" Thomas, leader of the "Four Horseman of the Esophagus" eating team. Ms. Thomas is Korean. There will also be a kimchee making workshop.

Entertainment will be provided by traditional and pop Korean acts, including K-Pop with Lydia Paek and Korean hip hop sensation, JReyez. They will be performing on Sunday. Also on the agenda is the B-Boy Battle. Korea is break dancing capital of the world, with the R16 championships held in Seoul last year.

Dates: Saturday, August 10 & Sunday, August 11, 10 AM-10 PM

Location: 3600-3850 W. Bryn Mawr Avenue, Chicago, IL 60625
  • Car: From Hwy-94, exit Cicero and continue eastbound onto Foster Avenue. From Hwy-90, exit Foster and continue eastbound. Enter Northeastern Illinois University campus from Foster Avenue. Campus parking is available except in Lots A, C, D and E.

  • Bus:

    • #82 Kimball/Homan, exit on Bryn Mawr Avenue, then head west to NEIU.
    • #53 Pulaski, exit on Bryn Mawr Avenue.
    • #92 Foster, then take #53 Pulaski bus north to Bryn Mawr Avenue.
  • Train:

    • Brown Line: Exit at Kimball Station and take #82 Kimball/Homan bus north.

    • Blue Line: Exit at Irving Park station and take #53 Pulaski bus north. (CKF website)

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