Who's ready for the weekend? With summer officially arriving on Saturday, June 21, it's time to embrace all that summertime weekends have to offer us in the Windy City.
Here is the Raising World Citizens list of the top five multicultural events for families in Chicago this weekend - Friday, June 20, Saturday, June 21, and Sunday, June 22:
1. Swedish Days
Tuesday, June 17 - Sunday, June 22
Free admission (There are additional costs for some events and activities)
Swedish Days is already underway in far west suburban Geneva. During the festival, you can enjoy a parade, food, carnival rides, live music, and children's games. There's also a street called Sweden Väst, which is "devoted to all things Swedish." The schedule for the six-day event is available online.
2. Thai Festival Chicago 2014
Federal Plaza at Adams and Dearborn Streets (Loop)
Wednesday, June 18 - Friday, June 20, 11 am - 6 pm
The Thai Festival is organized by the Royal Thai Consulate-Chicago in collaboration with the Thai-American community. The three-day event, which began on Wednesday, showcases Thai dance, music, cuisine, arts and more. Families can enjoy special arts and craft activities for children. You can find a full schedule of events on the Thai Festival Chicago 2014 Facebook page. Be sure to check in at the Royal Thai Consulate-Chicago booth to receive a 20 percent discount coupon for the 21 participating Chicago-area Thai restaurants.
Now in it's 28th year, the Scottish Festival & Highland Games celebrates Scottish culture and traditions - right in the Chicago suburb of Itasca. At the all-ages event, everyone can be Scottish for the day, and enjoy Scottish food, fun, music, and games. Special events include a Highland Dance competition, rugby exhibition, Champion Supreme Piping and Drumming competition, Coerver Cup 3v3 youth soccer tournament, haggis eating contest, and more. Children's activities include mini gold, crafts, and carnival rides. Tickets can be purchased in advance online.
4. Make Music Chicago
60 locations across Chicago
Saturday, June 21, all day - from "sunup to sundown"
Looking for something to do on the first day of summer? You can mark the occasion by performing or listening to music all day long. Yes, from "sun up to sundown," you can gather in more than 60 locations to enjoy musical collaborations of amateurs and professionals alike. It's all part of Fête de la Musique, an international music holiday, celebrated in more than 700 cities around the world, which toasts people's ability to make music.
Families will want to check out music performances at Lincoln Park Zoo (10:30 - 11:30 am), Old Town School of Folk Music (12 - 2 pm), Daley Plaza (2 - 3 pm) and Taylor Park in Bronzeville. More information on these and other performances is available online.
5. Philippine Fest/Piyesta Pinoy
Bolingbrook Performing Arts Center
375 W. Briarcliff, Bolingbrook
Saturday, June 21, 11 am - 11 pm
You can celebrate Philippine Independence Day at Philippine Fest (or Piyesta Pinoy) in suburban Bolingbook. During the 12-hour event, you can experience Filipino culture, art, music, dance, food and more. Scheduled activities include Filipino games, children's activities, martial arts, folk dances, among other cultural events.
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