Here are the top 5 multicultural events for families in Chicago this weekend - December 19, 20 and 21, 2014:
1. Pre-Kwanzaa Holiday Market and Celebration
6200 S. Drexel Ave. (Woodlawn)
Friday, December 19, 4 - 8 pm
Saturday, December 20, 10 am - 7 pm
Kwanzaa starts on Friday, December 26, but you can get your celebration started early at the Africa International House's Pre-Kwanzaa Holiday Market and Celebration at Harriet Harris Park. The market features 30 artists selling holiday gifts, live entertainment, storytelling, food and family activities.
Chicago French Market
131 N. Clinton St. (West Loop)
Saturday, December 20, 11 am - 2 pm
Have you children taken their photo with Santa yet? If not, you can head to the Chicago French Market this weekend to sit on Santa's lap and pose for the camera during its annual Jinglefest event. During the event, you also can decorate holiday cookies provided by Vanille Patisserie.
3. Little Homer Story Hour: Cupid and Psyche
National Hellenic Museum
333 S. Halsted St. (Greektown)
Saturday, December 20, 11 am - 12:30 pm
$5 per adult; free for kids
The National Hellenic Museum's bilingual Little Homer Story Hour enables kids to discover Greek culture through interactive storytelling and arts and crafts creation. On Saturday, you and your family can learn about "Cupid and Psyche" and then make a paper lantern to take home. The program is geared towards kids ages 2-12.
For more information on what else to do while you're in Greektown, check out my tips for how to spend the afternoon there with your family.
4. Family Fun Day
South Side Community Art Center
3831 S. Michigan Ave. (Bronzeville)
Saturday, December 20, 1 - 4 pm
On Saturday, you and your family can enjoy an afternoon of fun at the South Side Community Art Center. Its Family Fun Day will feature face painting, mask making, arts and crafts, storytelling, and a pre-Kwanzaa candle lighting. You also can get a copy of Squirrelly the Squirrel signed by Dana O’Banion.
5. Hanukkah Family Funland
Ivy Hall Elementary School
1072 Ivy Hall Lane (Buffalo Grove, Ill.)
Sunday, December 21, 12 - 6 pm
$10 for kids 2 - 16; free for adults and children under 2
($45 per family of 5 or more kids)
The menorah lights will still shine bright this weekend, with the sixth night of Hanukkah being celebrated on Sunday. To celebrate the festival of lights, you can head to Hanukkah Family Funland in northwest suburban Buffalo Grove. The afternoon event features Hanukkah crafts and activities, carnival games, face painting, music, entertainment, and more.
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