Top 5 multicultural events for families in Chicago - November 1 and 2

Here is the Raising World Citizens list of the top 5 multicultural events for families in Chicago this weekend – November 1 and 2:

1. Chicago International Children’s Film Festival
Five venues across Chicago
Saturday, November 1 and Sunday, November 2
$9 for adults, $6 for kids ages 2 – 18
(Family passes are available for $40)

The 31th annual Chicago International Children’s Film Festival is under way in Chicago.  During the festival, you and your family can explore new cultures and traditions through film. You can choose from more than 250 films for children ages 2 – 18 from 40 countries around the world. The complete festival schedule with film summaries, recommended ages, times and locations is available online.

2. Carrera de los Muertos: Race of the Dead 5k
Bartolomé De Las Casas Charter School
1641 W. 16th St. (Pilsen)
Saturday, November 1 at 8 am
Registration details are available online

Runners and walkers can take to the streets of Pilsen and University Village as part of to participate in the United Neighborhood Organization’s (UNO) 8th Annual Carrera de los Muertos/Race of the Dead 5k. To help keep their energy up, mariachi bands, Mexican folkloric dance groups, and Chicago house music DJs will be stationed along the course. The overall winners and runners who finish in the top three spots within their age division will receive Day of the Dead sugar skulls decorated by UNO Charter School Network students. At the post-race party, participants can refuel on Mexican and Latin American food, served up in a “traditional Day of the Dead setting.”

This event is just one of the many ways you can celebrate Day of the Dead with your family in Chicago this year.

3. Native American Day
Elk Grove Historial Museum
1000 Wellington Ave. (Elk Grove, Ill.)
Saturday, November 1, 1 – 4 pm
Free general admission; $3 for craft projects

On Saturday, you can celebrate Native American Month at the Elk Grove Historical Museum. During the afternoon event, you can learn about the tribes who lived in Illinois, play Native American games, listen to traditional stories, and make your own beaded necklace and corn husk doll. Families also can observe atlatl (spear thrower) throwing and fire-making demonstrations (weather permitting).

4. Muertos de la Risa with the Soulful Nutricuates
Elevarte Community Studio
1119 W. Cullerton St. (Pilsen)
Saturday, November 1, 2 – 6:30 pm
Free admission

As part of its 35th Annual Dia de Muertos celebration, ElevArte offers an evening of “spectacle, health education and ancestral remembrance.” At 5 pm, participants can don their Day of the Dead-inspired costumes and join in on a community procession through Pilsen to see street-level ofrendas. Other activities taking place throughout the afternoon and evening include face painting and music performances.

This event is just one of the many ways you can celebrate Day of the Dead with your family in Chicago this year.

5. Family Storytelling Program
llinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center
9603 Woods Dr. (Skokie, Ill.)
Sunday, November 2, 1:30 – 3 pm
Free with general admission ($12 for adults, $8 for students 12 – 22; $6 for kids 5 – 11)
Note: Museum admission is free for Skokie residents on November 2
Reservations are required; email

On Sunday, families can enjoy folktales, movement and music during the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center’s Family Storytelling program, which is geared towards children 6 years and older. The afternoon event features television personality Sue O’Halloran, who will use humor to engage the audience in a discussion that aims to promote acceptance and tackle issues like peer pressure and bullying.

The family storytelling program coincides with the Illinois Holocaust Museum’s RACE: Are We So Different? exhibit, which looks at race from a biological, cultural and historical point of view, and broaches the important topics of race and racism in the US.

Of course, Friday, October 31 is Halloween. I wish everyone a fun afternoon and evening filled with fun, festivities and lots of treats!

There’s lots more multicultural discussion and fun to be had together.  Be sure to “like” Raising World Citizens on Facebook to join in on the conversation. And, join me on a visual journey of my efforts to raise two world citizens on Instagram.

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