Here is the Raising World Citizens list of the top 5 multicultural events for families in Chicago this weekend - October 10, 11 and 12.
The UniverSoul Circus blends together circus arts, theater and music - all in one show. It strives to celebrate the "unique and familiar aspects of global cultures and ethnicities." This year, the family entertainment production features the Zhen Jiang acrobatic troupe from China, The Willy Family high-wire act fro Columbia, The Olate Dogs from Chile, Caribbean Calladloo from Trinidad, Men of Steel from Cuba, Queens of Sheeba from Ethiopia, Soul Illusion from Trinidad, Andrzej & Tomasz from Poland, The Clown Class from South Africa and Guinea, and more. It's here in Chicago from now until October 19.
2. Super Hero Day
213 W. Institute Pl. (River North)
Saturday, October 11, 11 am - 2 pm
Open Books has boldly declared Saturday, October 11 to be Super Hero Day - at least at their River North bookstore. But, I think every parent knows that our kids believe it's super hero day - each and every day. That makes Saturday the ideal day to bring your little super hero to Open Books to celebrate "all things super-heroic." Afternoon activities include craft time with Wishcraft Workshop, drama activities by Emerald City Theatre, and super hero trivia by Chicago Nerd Social Club (for adults only - so you can celebrate your inner super hero, too).
3. MCA Family Day: Dare
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
220 E. Chicago Ave., Chicago (Streeterville)
Saturday, October 11, 11 am - 3 pm
Free admission for families with children 12 years old and under
This Saturday is the second Saturday of the month, which means its time to head to the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) for its free monthly Family Day. And, this one is an extra special one since it's tied to the MCA's latest (and very popular) exhibit - David Bowie Is. Dare is the theme of this month's Family Day, and participants are encouraged to "be bold, play with risk, and test your limits." Activities are appropriate for all ages. Please note that this event does not include admission to the David Bowie Is exhibit.
4. International Cheering Stations for the Chicago Marathon
Various locations across the city
Sunday, October 12 at 8 am
Each year, the Chicago Marathon welcomes runners and spectators from around the world. To celebrate the event and its global participants, many of the Chicago Sister Cities International committees are joining with international organizations and foreign consulates to host cheering stations at locations across the city - and you're invited to join with them in cheering the runners on. Each station will have signs, flags, musical performances, or other activities specific to the featured countries.
A list of international cheering stations follow below.
• Gothenburg, Sweden: Sandburg Terrace at LaSalle Street, between Goethe and Schiller Streets
• Osaka, Japan: Northeast corner of Sedgwick and Eugenie Streets
• Paris, France: Southeast corner of Clark Street and Deming Place
• Vilnius, Lithuania: Southwest corner of Halsted and Polk Streets (on the UIC campus)
5. "Race: Are We So Different?" Exhibit Opening
Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center
9603 Woods Dr. (Skokie, Ill.)
Sunday, October 12, 11 am - 4 pm
Free with general admission ($12 for adults, $8 for students 12 - 22; $6 for kids 5 - 11)
Reservations are required; email RACEexhibit@ywcae-ns.org
On Sunday, a new exhibit opens at the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center: "Race: Are We So Different?" To commemorate its opening, families are invited to enjoy family-friendly activities at the museum. The new exhibit looks at race from a biological, cultural and historical point of view, and broaches the important topics of race and racism in the US. Advance registration is required.
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