Top 5 multicultural events for families in Chicago this weekend - July 18, 19 and 20

The summertime polar vortex has come and gone, leaving us with temperatures creeping back up into the high 70s and low 80s. With it starting to feel like summer in Chicago once again, it’s time to get outside and soak in another fun-filled weekend in the city and suburbs.

Here is the Raising World Citizens list of the top five multicultural events for families in Chicago this weekend – Friday, July 18, Saturday, July 19, and Sunday, July 20:

1. The Big Greek Food Fest of Niles
Holy Taxiarhai and St. Haralambos Greek Orthodox Church
7373 N. Caldwell Ave. (Niles, Ill.)
Friday, July 18, 5 pm – midnight
Saturday, July 19 and Sunday, July 20. 3 pm – midnight
$2 admission; children under 12 are free
(Free admission before 5 pm)

The Big Greek Food Fest of Niles serves of a taste of Greece – in near north suburban Niles. The event features Greek food and wine, music, dancing, and cooking classes. Families will enjoy a special “kids corner” with crafts, face painting, and more.

2. Evanston Ethnic Arts Festival
Centennial Park, Sheridan Rd. at Clark St. (Evanston, Ill.)
Saturday, July 19 and Sunday, July 20, 12 – 7 pm
Free admission

For the annual Evanston Ethnic Arts Festival, a quiet stretch of lakefront is “transformed into a global village.” During the two-day “celebration of global diversity,” art from more than 100 countries are put on display. Attendees also can enjoy international cuisine, live music, dance, and spoken word performances. Families can plan to participate in crafts activities, which previously included origami and suminagashi workshops, face painting, and mask and maraca making.

3. Christmas in July: Summerfest
Jack Benny Center for the Arts
39 Jack Benny Dr. (Waukegan, Ill.)
Saturday, July 19, 1 – 8 pm
Free admission

Yes, it’s Christmas in July – at least in suburban Waukegan. And, it’s a cause for celebration. On Saturday, you can experience the “warm feelings of Puerto Rico during the holidays” at the summer festival. During the summer family festival, you can enjoy Puerto Rican music, food, artwork, and more. The event is hosted by the Puerto Rican Arts Society, Peurto Rican Society of Waukegan and the Waukegan Park District.

4. Celebrate Clark Street Festival
Clark St., between Morse and Estes Avenues (Rogers Park)
Saturday, July 19, 1 – 11 pm
Sunday, July 20, 1 – 10 pm
Suggested donation of $5 per person (or $10 per family)

The 9th annual Celebrate Clark Street Festival celebrates the diverse cultures of the Rogers Park neighborhood and the City of Chicago. At the two-day event, you can enjoy live world music; ethnic food from Senegal, Greece, Latin America and other countries; an arts and crafts market; and plenty of children’s entertainment.

5. Chinatown Summer Fair
Wentworth Ave. from Cermak Rd. to 24th Pl. (Chinatown)
Sunday, July 20, 10 am – 8 pm
Free admission

The Chinatown Summer Fair is the perfect excuse to visit this vibrant, bustling neighborhood and enjoy the best of Chinese culture – right in Chicago. The one-day event features a Dragon and Lion Dance procession, live music, food, Chinese arts and crafts exhibits, shopping, a children’s play area, and more.

New! Summertime road trip inspiration:
Interested in heading out on a summertime road trip? Then, this weekend is the perfect time to hop in your car and head north to Milwaukee, Wisconsin for Festa Italiana on Friday, July 18, Saturday, July 19, and Sunday, July 20.

Billed as the largest Italian-American festival in the US, Festa Italiana offers three jam-packed days filled with Italian, food, arts, culture and more. Did I mention the food? Popular Festa Italian food items include rice balls, Italian sausage sandwiches, calamari, pasta, cannoli – and the list goes on!

Families can enjoy playing bocce, taking a gondola ride, catching the Pinocchio Parade, and taking in all of the entertainment at the Festa Italiana Children’s stage.

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