The Fourth of July may have come and gone, but there is still lots more summertime fun to be had here in Chicago.
Here is the Raising World Citizens list of the top five multicultural events for families in Chicago this weekend - Friday, July 11, Saturday, July 12, and Sunday, July 13:
1. Irish American Heritage Festival
Irish American Heritage Center
4626 N. Knox Ave. (Irving Park)
Friday, July 11, 6 pm - 1 am
Saturday, July 12, 12 pm - 1 am
Sunday, July 13, 11 am - 11 pm
$15 for adults on Friday and Saturday, and $20 on Sunday
Children 10 and under are free
The annual event, held at the Irish American Heritage Center, showcases local and international Irish music and dance, food and culture. At the Irish American Heritage Festival, families can enjoy plenty of children's activities, a folk tent with demonstrations of Irish instruments, dance lessons, sing-alongs, language lessons, and more.
2. Taste of the Chicago French Market
Chicago French Market
131 N. Clinton St. (West Loop)
Saturday, July 12, 11 am - 3 pm
For a sampling of French culinary treats, you can head to the Chicago French Market for its Taste of the Chicago French Market on Saturday. At the event, you can sample a variety of French foods from Chicago French Market vendors, including a flight of three different crepes from FliP Crepes, single cheese plates from Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread & Wine, and a flight of three flavors of Parisian macarons from Vanille Patisserie.
You can find ideas on other ways to celebrate Bastille Day with your family in Chicago here.
3. African Arts and Crafts Festival
740 E. 56th Pl. (Washington Park)
Saturday, July 12 and Sunday, July 13
The 40th annual African Arts and Crafts Festival is a showcase of local artists, featuring traditional, ethnic and experimental fine arts and crafts that relate to African-American themes, identify, history and culture. During the festival, you can hear live music, sample food and browse vendors. Families also can enjoy activities at the children's pavilion.
4. Junior Tour de Naperville
3704 111th St. (far west suburban Naperville)
Saturday, July 12
3 - 5 year olds start at 9 am
6 - 10 year olds start at 9:30 am
$16 for residents; $24 for non-residents (Register for the event online)
Your kids can get a taste for what it means to be a Tour de France racer at the second annual Junior Tour de Naperville. Aspiring racers, ages 3 - 10 years old, can pedal around the 1.2 mile trail at Commissioners Park. The 3 - 5-year-old riders will ride out at 9 am, with the older riders heading out at 9:30 am. The course features three "support and gear" stops where riders can take a break and enjoy drinks and snack. All registered participants receive a shirt, bag and water bottle.
5. Art in the Park
2636 N. Kimball Ave. (Logan Square)
Saturday, July 12, 10 am - 2 pm
Budding artists of all ages can let their creative juices flow at Art in the Park on Saturday. You and your family can use available supplies to create your own works for art in the community open-air art studio. Completed works can be displayed in a taller at the A Day in Avondale Festival that will be held on Saturday, September 27.
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