Photos: Chicago's Taylor Street Festa Italiana 2013

Today, my family and I finally made it to the last day of Taylor Street Festa Italiana 2013. The four-day event in Chicago’s Little Italy is one of my favorite ethnic summer festivals in Chicago – and for good reason. From the moment you step foot inside, you feel a fantastic, festive vibe that invites you to relax, indulge and have fun. Each block is packed with food, drinks, desserts, games, shopping and even bocce. On top of all of that, you also could stomp grapes, enter a meatball-eating contest or throw a coin in a Trevi foundation knock-off – if you so choose.

As a mom, I have to say Taylor Street Festa Italiana is one of the most kid-friendly festivals out there with tons of rides and games to make any child happy – and all of their favorite food, too! Despite the heat on this humid Sunday afternoon, my kids didn’t want to leave – as long as we kept them cooled down with lemonade and Italian ice of course.

Here’s a look at the wonderful, dynamic scenes of the last day of this year’s Taylor Street Festa Italiana:

Did you make it to Taylor Street Festa Italiana this year? If so, what were your favorites things to do there? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.

Planning to visit Chicago’s Little Italy at another time of the year? Then, be sure to check out my guide to the best sites to hit on an afternoon visit to this vibrant Italian neighborhood.

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