Top 5 multicultural events for families in Chicago this weekend - June 27, 28 and 29

Who's ready for the weekend? This one is shaping up to be a good one, packed full of great events for the whole family to enjoy. And, hopefully a lot less rain and fog!

Here is the Raising World Citizens list of the top five multicultural events for families in Chicago this weekend - Friday, June 27, Saturday, June 28, and Sunday, June 29:

1. Taste of Greece on LaSalle Street
Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral
1017 N. LaSalle St. (Gold Coast)
Friday, June 27, 4 - 11 pm
Saturday, June 28 and Sunday, June 29, 12 - 11 pm
$2 admission for adults (kids under 12 are free)

You can enjoy a bit of the Greek life at the Taste of Greece on LaSalle Street festival this weekend. The three-day event features live Greek music and dance performances. You also can purchase books, music, jewelry and crafts, and sample Greek food and pastries. Families can enjoy special games for kids at the family-friendly festival.

2. Chicago Dragon Boat Race Race for Literacy
Ping Tom Memorial Park
300 E. 19th St. (Chinatown)
Saturday, June 28, 8 am - 5 pm
Free admission

More than 10,000 people are expected to watch the Chicago Dragon Boat Race for Literacy that runs all day long on Saturday. Approximately 26 teams will complete in the tournament. In addition to the boat races, attendees can enjoy live music and dance performances, special guest appearances, and more. Proceeds from the race help promote literacy, cultural and diversity programs in Chicago.

3. Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival
Milwaukee Ave., from Kedzie Ave. to Diversey Ave. (Logan Square)
Friday, June 27, 5 - 10 pm
Saturday, June 28 and Sunday, June 29, 12 - 10 pm
$5 suggested donation

Have you been meaning to spend time in Chicago's "hot" Logan Square neighborhood? Then this is the weekend to do it. Starting on Friday, the Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival takes to the neighborhood's streets, offering an electric mix of art, food and music. Families should head to the Family Area to enjoy an exotic petting zoo, sand pit, face painting, dance classes, and more.

4. Little Homer Story Hour
National Hellenic Museum
333 S. Halsted St. (Greektown)
Saturday, June 28, 11 am - 12:15 pm
$5 per adult; free for children
(Children must be accompanied by an adult during the event)

This summer, families can discover Greek mythology on Saturday mornings at the National Hellenic Museum. Together, you can enjoy interactive storytelling and make a craft project based on the Trials of Hercules, the Trojan Horse, and other stories of the Iliad. This Saturday, the event will feature the stories of Geryon's Cattle and The Apples of The Hesperides. The bilingual story hour is recommended for children ages 2 - 12 years old.
Interested in finding other family-friendly spots in Greektown? Then be sure to check out my tips on exploring the Greek neighborhood with your family.

5. Cirque Shanghai: Warriors
Navy Pier's Skyline Stage
600 E. Grand Ave. (Streeterville)
Now through Monday, September 1
Ticket information is available online

Do your kids dream about being great martial arts warriors like mine do? If so, you'll want to check out Cirque Shanghai's ninth summer season at Navy Pier. This year, the production is called Cirque Shanghai: Warriors. It combines "awe-inspiring acrobats with the martial prowess of Chinese Kung Fun and Wu Shut masters." The acts include The Kinetic Poles, Water Meteor, Pageant of Arms, Wheel of Destiny, and Imperial Thunder. The show schedule is available online.

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