Now that Memorial Day has come and gone, and warmer temperatures have finally arrived, it’s time to enjoy summer in the city. Lucky for us, there’s another action-packed, festival-filled weekend on tap for Chicago.
Here is the Raising World Citizens list of the top five multicultural events for families in Chicago this weekend – Friday, May 30, Saturday, May 31 and Sunday, June 1:
1. Maifest Chicago
Lincoln and Leland Avenues (Lincoln Square)
Thursday, May 29 – Sunday, June 1
Celebrated in Germany and around the world, Maifest commemorates the arrival of spring. Held in Chicago’s German neighborhood, Maifest Chicago features live music and entertainment – with a healthy dose of food and libations. The event organizers promise the festival will induce the feeling of German Gemütlichkeit – a cheerful mood and peace of mind. The full event schedule is available online. Traditionally, Maifest holiday festivities feature a maypole (or maibaum), which features the history and crafts of city that hosting the event. Be sure to look for one in Chicago’s Lincoln Square.
2. Festival del Taco
2600 S. Kostner Ave. (Little Village)
Friday, May 30 – Sunday, June 1
New this year, Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood will celebrate tacos at the Festival del Taco. You can sample a variety of stuffed tacos from local restaurants while enjoying live music, entertainment, and more. Families also will enjoy arts and crafts and carnival rides.
3. Do Division Street Fest
Divison St. between Damen Ave. and Leavitt St. (West Town)
Friday, May 30 – Sunday, June 1
$5 suggested donation
The summer festival season gets off to the perfect start with Do Division. The annual street festival offers a fantastic, family-friendly mix of live music, eclectic shopping, local artisans, and children’s games and activities. Families will want to beeline for the Family Fun Fest, happening Saturday and Sunday from 12 – 6 pm. The Family Fun Fest is located within Do Division on Hoyne Ave. from Crystal St. to Potomac Ave. and on Crystal St. from Hoyne Ave. to Damen Ave. It features pony rides, face painting, “rocking” kids music, balloon animals, and more.
4. Dia del Niño Health Walk and Family Festival
UIC Forum, 725 W. Roosevelt Rd. (University Village)
Saturday, June 1, 11 am – 3 pm
The Dia del Niño Health Walk and Family Festival aims to promote a healthy lifestyle among families and children. You can start your day in a “healthy way” by participating in a fun two-mile health walk from the National Museum of Mexican Art to the UIC Forum where the event will take place. (The walk takes place from 10 – 11 am. The event kicks off at 11 am.) At the event, you can enjoy live performances, physical activities, arts and crafts, face painting, games, and free health screenings. During the event, you can enjoy free transportation between the National Museum of Mexican Art and the UIC Forum, offering you the perfect opportunity to learn about how to create and maintain a healthy lifestyle, while also celebrating Mexican culture and art in Chicago.
5. Logan Square Farmers Market
Logan Blvd from Milwaukee Ave. to Whipple St.
Sunday, June 1, 10 am – 3 pm
One of my very favorite outdoor markets is open for business! The Logan Square Farmers Market offers families a great place to shop for produce, bread, pastries, prepared foods, and more from a diverse line-up of local businesses. Once you’ve picked up a few goodies, you can find a shaded place to sit along Logan Blvd. to eat, relax, listen to music, and just enjoy the local scene.
Interested in planning ahead for other multicultural events happening across Chicago this summer? Then, you’ll also want to check out the Raising World Citizens list of the top multicultural summer festivals happening now through August.
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