Top 5 multicultural events for families in Chicago - November 8 and 9

Here is the Raising World Citizens list of the top 5 multicultural events for families in Chicago this weekend – November 7, 8 and 9.

1. Lycée Francais de Chicago Fall French Market
Lycée Francais de Chicago
550 W. Irving Park (Buena Park)
Saturday, November 8, 10 am – 5 pm
Sunday, November 9, 11 am – 4 pm
$5 for adults, free for children under 18
(Drop-off children’s pavilion is $10 for 2 hours)

The Lycée Francais de Chicago Fall French Market brings the best of a true French market – the food, produce, goods, antiques, crafts, music and more – right to Chicago. During the market, you can enjoy cooking demonstrations by Chicago-area chefs, live music by professional and student performers, and French foods served up in the parent and student-run “Le Bistro Parisien.” Families are invited to leisurely shop while their children (ages 3 – 9) enjoy a variety of entertaining activities, including soccer, yoga, drama, knitting, martial arts, and more in a supervised children’s pavilion. Older children (1st grade and up) will be able to make arts and crafts projects in the Les Ateliers Artistiques.

2. JASC Holiday Delight/Kodomo Matsui
Japan American Service Committee of Chicago (JASC)
4427 N. Clark St (Graceland West)
Saturday, November 8, 10 am – 4 pm
Free Admission

This weekend is shaping up to be a good time to get a jumpstart on your holiday shopping. At the JASC Holiday Delight/Kodomo Matsui you can visit vendors who specialize in Japanese, Japanese American and Asian handcrafted goods. To make sure you have energy to “shop til you drop,” you can fuel up on sushi, chirashi, teriyaki kabobs, teriyaki burgers, and a variety of sweets. At the Kokomo Matsui (or Children’s Festival), children can create holiday ornaments and decorations.

3. Kids’ Crafts: Northwest Coast Rattle
Mitchell Museum of the American Indian
3001 Central St. (Evanston, Ill.)
Saturday, November 8, 11 am – 12 pm
Sunday, November 9, 12:30 – 1:30 pm
Free with museum admission

Native American Heritage Month?  You and your family can pay tribute to the rich ancestry and traditions of Native Americans by participating in the Kids’ Crafts program at Mitchell Museum of the American Indian. This weekend, kids (ages 5 and up) can make Northwest Coast Rattles, which as noted by the Intuit Gallery of Vancouver, often are used as “voices that communicate a multitude of messages” within the Northwest Coast First Nations culture.

Can’t make it to one of the two weekend programs? All Done Monkey provides a step-by-step guide to making Cherokee rattles with your family.

4. Laternenfest and St. Martin’s Parade
4740 N. Western Ave. (Lincoln Square)
Sunday, November 9, 2:30 5:30 pm
$7 for adults and kids (ages 2 – 14), kids under 2 are free

In Europe, children parade down streets, carrying lanterns and singing songs for Martinstag or St. Martin’s Day. The German International School Chicago and DANK Haus bring this fall festival to Chicago with the Laternenfest and St. Martin’s Parade in Chicago’s Lincoln Square neighborhood. Children can make their own lanterns, hear stories, participate in a sing-along, make arts and craft items, and more. During the event, you can enjoy baked goods, and adults will be able to toast with beer and glühwein. The celebration concludes with a lantern parade at dusk. Tickets for the celebration can be purchased online.

5. Natya Dance Theatre’s performance of The Flowering Tree
North Shore Center for Performing Arts in Skokie
9501 Skokie Blvd. (Skokie, Ill.)
Sunday, November 9 at 4 pm
Tickets range in price from $20 – $38

The Chicago-based Indian dance company, Natya Dance Theatre, tells of the need to preserve nature and respect all life through its performance of The Flowing Tree. Based on an ancient South Indian folktale by A. K. Ramanujan, The Flowering Tree shares the tale of a poor, beautiful, young girl, Kumudha, has the magical ability to transform herself into a magnificent flowering tree, whose flowers can be picked without doing her any harm. When Kumudha marries a prince who is enchanted by her beauty, her magical ability is discovered and taken advantage of, causing her harm. But, with the power of love, Kumudha is able to transform back into her original form. The dance concert is set to an original score that fuses Indian music with jazz and Japanese and African drumming.

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