Top 5 multicultural events for families in Chicago this weekend - July 4, 5 and 6

Let the Fourth of July festivities begin! If you're still looking for ideas for how to spend the holiday, you can check out my list of the top four ways to celebrate the Fourth of July with your family in Chicago right here.

But, of course, the Fourth of July is just the first day of a three-day holiday weekend. There are still lots of other great ways to kick back and enjoy your time with your family.

Here is the Raising World Citizens list of the top five multicultural events for families in Chicago this weekend - Friday, July 4, Saturday, July 5, and Sunday, July 6:

1. Fourth of July Celebration
Chicago History Museum
1601 N. Clark St. (Gold Coast)
Friday, July 4, 10 am - 12 pm
Free admission

On Friday, July 4, the Chicago History Museum hosts its 55th annual Fourth of July Celebration. The free event, which runs from 10 am - 12 pm, includes patriotic music, a reading of the Declaration of Independence, and a children's costume parade, along with other Fourth of July fun. Admission to the museum is free that day during its special holiday hours of 12 - 4:30 pm.

2. International Festival of Life
Union Park
1501 W. Randolph St. (West Loop)
Thursday, July 3, 4 - 10 pm
Friday, July 4 - Sunday, July 6, 12 - 10 pm
Tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for kids 6 - 12

The 22nd annual International Festival of Life celebrates the lifestyle, heritage, cultures, music and dance of the US, Caribbean, Africa, Mexico, and South and Central America. The "carnival of nations" also features food, arts and crafts, sports, and more.

3. Anime Midwest
Donald E. Stephens Convention Center
5555 N. River Rd. (Rosemont, Ill.)
Friday, July 4 - Saturday, July 6
(24-hour events run from 12 pm on Friday to 5 pm on Sunday)
$40 for one day (all ages)

More than 10,000 anime fans are expected to attend Anime Midwest this weekend to enjoy concerts, participate in gaming tournaments, dress in cosplay, play video games, watch anime, browse toys, DVDs and games, and more. Attendees can rest assured that they won't go hungry. You can stop by ConSweet to enjoy free ramen and soda all weekend long.

Parents: Anime Midwest organizers ask that children 13 and under attend the convention with a parent or guardian, and children under 7 must have a guardian with them at all times. Some events are not suitable for children so please be sure to read all event descriptions in advance.

4. Eyes to the Skies
Community Park
1825 Short St. (Lisle, Ill.)
Thursday, July 3, 3 - 11 pm
Friday, July 4 and Saturday, July 5, 12 - 11 pm
Sunday, July 6, 12 - 7 pm
$7 for adults and children, free for children 5 and under

At the Eyes to the Skies Festival in Lisle, you can watch hot-air balloons take to the sky. But, you can do more than just watch them. You also can take a ride on a tethered balloon, which offers an opportunity to experience the joys of a hot-air balloon ride at 50 to 100 feet in the air while still safely tethered to the ground. While at the festival, you also can enjoy a parade, crafts fair, carnival rides, and of course, fireworks - on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights!

5. Naperville Rib Fest
Knoch Park
724 S. West St. (Naperville, Ill.)
Thursday, July 3 - Sunday, July 6 (12 - 10 pm.)
(Fireworks are at 9:30 pm on Friday, July 4)
$15 for adults, kids 11 and under are free

There's nothing like a BBQ to make it feel like a summertime holiday. If you're in the mood for some BBQ ribs, pulled pork, chicken and more, you should head out to Naperville for the Naperville Exchange Club's annualRibfest. During the festival, you can sample items from vendors competing for the title of Best Ribs and Best Sauce - and vote for which one you like the best. Ribfest also offers live music, a family area, and fireworks.

Have a happy Fourth of July and a great weekend!

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