Here is the Raising World Citizens list of the top 5 multicultural events for families in Chicago this weekend - October 24, 25 and 26.
1. Diwali Celebrations 2014
Viceroy of India
233 E. Roosevelt Rd. (Lombard, Ill.)
Friday, October 24 at 8 pm
$30 for adults, $15 kids ages 6 - 11, free for kids under 6
Diwali, the five-day-long "festival of lights," is under way. On Friday, you can celebrate the festival at the Viceroy of India in west suburban Lombard. The evening's festivities include a three-course Indian dinner, Bollywood, Bhangra and "Top 40" music, and dancing. Guests are encouraged to wear traditional attire to the celebration.
The 31th annual Chicago International Children's Film Festival returns to Chicago on Friday, Oct. 24. During the festival, you and your family can explore new cultures and traditions through film. You can choose from more than 250 films for children ages 2 - 18 from 40 countries around the world. The complete festival schedule with film summaries, recommended ages, times and locations is available online.
3. Day of Rememberance Art Show and Children's Activities
935 W. Wilson Ave. (Buena Park)
Saturday, October 25, 10 am - 12 pm
Free admission; separate cost for face painting
To celebrate Day of the Dead (or Día de los Muertos), Everybody's Coffee is hosting a mixed art show. As part of the show, the coffee shop will offer family-friendly activities on Saturday. Activities include face painting, sugar skull decorating, and arts and crafts.
This event is just one of the many ways you can celebrate Day of the Dead with your family in Chicago this year.
Budding archeologists and young Halloween fans will love getting a closer look at mummies as part of the Oriental Institute Museum's family program, Mummies Night. During the evening event, families also can discovered painted coffins and a Book of the Dead, try on clothes straight from King Tut's wardrobe, and go on a treasure hunt throughout the museum's Egyptian Gallery. The event is recommended for children ages 4 and older.
5. Chicago Halal Food Festival
725 W. Roosevelt Rd. (South Loop)
Saturday, October 25, 11 am - 10 pm
Sunday, October 26, 11 am - 7 pm
$7 admission which is good for both days; free for kids 5 and under
The second annual Chicago Halal Food Festival has expanded to two days, meaning there's twice as much family-friendly fun to be had by all. The big draw is, of course, the food. Families also will enjoy live entertainment, art and other activities for kids.
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