Top 5 multicultural events for families in Chicago this weekend - November 14, 15 and 16

Here is the Raising World Citizens list of the top 5 multicultural events for families in Chicago this weekend – November 14, 15 and 16.

1. Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light Exhibit
The Museum of Science and Industry
5700 S. Lake Shore Dr. (Hyde Park)
Thurs., Nov. 13, 2014 – Sun., Jan. 4, 2015
Free with museum admission

Today marks the opening of The Museum of Science and Industry’s 73rd annual Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light exhibit. More than 50 trees and displays have been decorated by volunteers from Chicago’s ethnic communities to help showcase their culture and holiday traditions, helping to give you a global view of how holidays are celebrated around the world. At the center of the exhibit is a 45-foot “Grand Tree,” decorated with more than 30,000 lights and hundreds of Disney-inspired ornaments and trimmings. As an added treat, “snow” will gently fall on you every half hour (while you are all warm and toasty inside).

2. Diwali Family Festival
Art Institute of Chicago’s Ryan Education Center
159 E. Monroe St. (Grant Park)
Saturday, November 15, 10:30 am – 3 pm
Free with museum admission

Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, may be over. But, the holiday celebration continues to this Saturday at the Art Institute of Chicago. During the Diwali Family Festival, you can create art inspired by Indian traditions, enjoy dance performances, take a self-guided tour of the museum’s Southeast Asian art  galleries, and more. The drop-in program is geared towards children of all ages.

3. Dia de los Muertos Concert
Wentz Concert Hall
171 E. Chicago Ave. (Naperville, Ill.)
Saturday, November 15 at 8 pm
Tickets are $10 – $58

On Saturday, the Chicago Sinfonietta will perform the first of two Dia de los Muertos concerts it will conduct in the Chicago area. The first one is in Naperville, while the second one will be at the Symphony Center in Chicago’s Loop on  Monday, November 17. Both concerts will feature the “rollicking, exuberant music” of Mexico by Arturo Rodríguez and Arturo Marquez, which capture the “duality of grief and joy of the Day of the Dead celebration.” The concerts also include Yin-Yin, inspired by a poem about the death of a cousin, and the tortured love story of El Amor Brujo, which will be told by Redmoon using with shadow puppets.

4. Family Menorah Class
Lill Street Art Center
4401 N. Ravenswood Ave. (Lincoln Square)
Sunday, November 16, 10 am – 12 pm
$30 per person; Register online
(Class is recommended for children ages 5+)

Hanukkah is just about a month away. On Sunday, you can get ready for the holiday by making a menorah with your family at Lill Street Art Center. The two-hour workshop is geared towards adults and children ages 5 and up.

5. Christmas Craft Workshop
Swedish American Museum
5211 N. Clark St. (Andersonville)
Sunday, November 16, 4:00 – 5:30 pm
$15 per person; register online

In Sweden, candles play an important role in illuminating wintertime festivals. On Sunday, you can help ensure your holidays will be bright ones by making your own hand-dipped candles during the Christmas Craft Workshop at the Swedish American Museum. During the workshop, you also can create paper heart baskets and Christmas ornaments and learn how to make a traditional Swedish Christmas treat.


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