Posts in category "Festivals and Events"

5 tips for finding multicultural family events in your hometown or travel destination

I feel fortunate that my family lives in a world-class city like Chicago. My hometown ranks high on my list of great urban locales. Why? Because of the stunning skyscrapers that form its skyline. Because of how Lake Michigan curves around the eastern most end of the city. Because of the energy that exudes from... Read more »

Photos: Bastille Day Chicago 2014 festival

Walking up to Chicago's Daley Plaza, it was hard not to miss the sea of blue, white and red. By 6 pm, just one hour after the event began, a sizable crowd had gathered to celebrate Bastille Day in Chicago.
Yesterday, in Chicago, the skies cleared up just in time for the blue, white and red to be rolled out in Daley Plaza for Bastille Day Chicago. This year, the annual event was held on a Monday evening – a departure from the prime weekend day spot it’s held on local Francophile and Francophone’s schedules for the past... Read more »

The best multicultural summer festivals in Chicago for 2014

Chicago is a city of neighborhoods. Each one showcases the ethnic groups that make Chicago so dynamic, so vibrant and so irresistible. One trip to any of Chicago’s ethnic neighborhoods will show you the very essence of what makes Chicago a first-class, multicultural city. For a taste of the various ethnic groups that make up so many... Read more »
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Photos: IsraFest celebration at Chicago's Daley Plaza

According to the Consulate General of Israel to the Midwest, nearly 1,000 people came out to celebrate Yom Ha'atzmaut at Chicago's Daley Plaza today from 11:30 am - 2 pm. The much-celebrated sunshine provided the perfect backdrop for the festive celebration.
Today is Yom Ha’atzmaut, which commemorates the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948. The holiday is celebrated on the fifth day of Iyar, according to the Hebrew calendar. However, when the fifth of Iyar falls on a Monday, the holiday is celebrated on Tuesday – as was the case this year. Yom Ha’atzmaut is... Read more »

IPW 2014: Proud to be a Chicago "cheerleader"

Last week, more than 6,000 people from 70 different countries descended on Chicago. The draw was IPW 2014, a conference put on by the U.S. Travel Association where people buy travel packages to destinations around the world. Chicago last played host to the conference 16 years ago. A lot can happen and change in 16... Read more »

Macaron Day is coming – Chicagoans can celebrate by sampling the best macarons

I love macarons – the small, colorful merinque sandwiches often filled with ganache, buttercream or jam. The French biscuits with one “o” have continued to gain in popularity, making a grand appearance at more and more bakeries across Chicago. As a huge macaron fan, I think it’s only fitting that macarons have their own day... Read more »
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Family-friendly ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Chicago

This year, St. Patrick’s Day falls on Monday, March 17. But, why celebrate the holiday on just one day? In Chicago, we’re all Irish for St. Patrick’s Day, right? Lucky for us, there are plenty of family-friendly celebrations that don’t just call for drinking green beer all day long. So, throw on some green and... Read more »

Chicago is 177 today: Here are 4 ways to celebrate the city's birthday

My hometown of Chicago turns 177 years old today – Tuesday, March 4. The city has been through a lot over the years. Its name is derived from the Chicagoua plant – a wild, smelly onion. Its hotly debated nickname - the Windy City – is said to either come from the winds that blow off Lake Michigan... Read more »

Photos: Chinese New Year Lantern Celebration at Navy Pier

Visitors were greeted with a marketplace filled with Chinese arts, jewelry, clothing and other goods.
Sunday was the last day of Chinese New Year. The 15-day holiday began on January 31, 2014, and Chicago organizations pulled out all the stops, hosting a variety of community-wide celebrations over the last two weeks. One of the last events was the Chinese New Year Lantern Celebration held on Sunday, February 16 at Navy... Read more »
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Seven ways to celebrate Chinese New Year with your family in Chicago

Chinese New Year is celebrated the first fifteen days of the Chinese calendar. The holiday, which begins on January 31, 2014, is the longest one in the Chinese calendar. This year is the Year of the Horse, one of the 12 animals on the Chinese zodiac calendar. To celebrate the New Year, it is customary for... Read more »