Summer in Chicago is full of opportunities to immerse your children in international culture through a variety of events and festivals around our many wonderful, ethnic neighborhoods. You can “travel” the world without leaving your hometown! Marcie Wolbeck, The local Development Director for Cultural Care Au Pair knows a thing or two when it comes to the benefits of cultural exchange. "Exposing your kids to various world cultures opens their eyes to the world beyond Chicago. Even if a jet-setting, international adventure is not on your summer calendar, these festivals are a great way to inspire children to think like global citizens," says Wolbeck.
Check out these ten upcoming summer events that will be sure to teach your children something new and provide fun for all.
June 6-8, 2014
5200-5500 N. Clark
Join the 50,000 people that come out each year to celebrate with international food, entertainment and artisan crafts. Free admission, but $10 donation requested.
June 13-15, 2014
Humboldt Park, Division and California
The 32nd annual Puerto Rican Festival will feature crafts, carnival rides, food and music. On Saturday, watch the annual Puerto Rican People’s Parade on Division St. Free admission.
July 3-6, 2014
Union Park, 1501 W. Randolph St.
More than 30 countries of the Caribbean, Africa, Mexico, South America and Central America come together for a festival of music, food, and arts and crafts.
Advance admission is $15 for adults, $5 for kids under 12. Free for kids under 6.
July 20, 2014
2200 S. Wentworth (at Cermak Rd.)
This 36th annual celebration of Far East Culture will include the Dragon and Lion Dance Procession, authentic cuisine, artisans and family-friendly activities. Free admission.
August 2-3, 2014
3600 W. Armitage
Try food and experience music from 15 different Latin American countries at this Logan Square neighborhood event. Be sure to check out the arts and crafts, plus cooking demonstrations too. Free admission.
August 8-10, 2014
Midwest Buddhist Temple, 435 W. Menomonee
Come to the largest Japanese cultural festival in Historic Old Town Chicago. This festival features authentic cuisine, stage performances and craft displays. Donations are $7 for adults and $6 for students and senior citizens. A special three-day pass will be available for $15. Children under 12 will be admitted free when accompanied by an adult.
August 14-17, 2014
1453 W. Taylor St.
More than 50,000 people are expected to attend this year’s Festa Italiana. Enjoy Italian cuisine and three stages of entertainment in the Little Italy neighborhood. Free admission, but $5 gate admission requested.
August 16-17, 2014
Lawrence and Kimball
Albany Park celebrates its diverse residents with food, a variety of music, arts and crafts, plus family activities. Free admission, but $5 donation benefits Albany Park neighbors.
400 S. Halsted
This year marks 25 years of celebrating of Hellenic culture. Enjoy authentic food, Greek bands, belly dancers and games for the kids. Free admission.
August 29-September 1
Copernicus Center (Jefferson Park), 5216 W. Lawrence Ave.
Admission is $7, $5 for seniors and kids under 12 are free.
This fundraiser for the Copernicus Center features Polish and non-Polish food and 30 to 40 bands performing a variety of music.
Disclosure: Cultural Care Au Pair is a client of 2 Moms Media LLC.