Top 5 multicultural events for families in Chicago this weekend - November 21, 22 and 23, 2014

Here is the Raising World Citizens list of the top 5 multicultural events for families in Chicago this weekend – November 21, 22 and 23, 2014.

1. Christkindlmarket Chicago
Daley Plaza
50 W. Washington St. (Loop)
Friday, November 21 – Monday, December 24
See website for hours
Free admission

The Christkindlmarket Chicago officially opens for the season on Friday. The festive holiday market is an absolute must for anyone living in or visiting Chicago over the holidays. At Christkindlmarket Chicago, you can browse classic German gifts and art, indulge in German culinary treats, and listen to live bands, choirs and carolers. Families should be sure to pick up a Christkindlmarket Passport and then let your children get stamps from various “Passport Stamping Stations” located throughout the market. It’s a great way to let the parents shop and the kids have fun!

New this year, Christkindlmarket will head to the western suburbs, with a second market opening up in Oakbrook on Friday, November 28.

2. Global Citizen and Language Discovery Week
Barnes & Noble
728 N. Waukegan Rd. (Deerfield, Ill.)
Saturday, November 22 at 3 pm
Sunday, November 23 at 3 pm
Free admission

This week is Global Citizen and Language Discovery Week at the Barnes & Noble in north suburban Deerfield. All week long, Language Stars has been offering free multilingual story times, calligraphy demonstrations and more as part of its effort to empower local families raise future generations to be citizens of the world. It all culminates this weekend with two parent workshops at 3 pm on Saturday and Sunday.

On Saturday, Nick Jaworski, Director of the Deerfield/Lake Forest Language Stars center and author of the ChicagoNow blog, Where Are We Going, Dad?, will lead a workshop on “How to Raise Multilingual Children.” While adults get tons of great language-learning tips to try at home, children will enjoy the story of “Five Little Monkeys” as told in Chinese.

On Sunday, I’ll have the pleasure of leading a workshop on “5 Easy Ways to Raise World Citizens.” During the interactive session, we’ll take a close look at what makes someone a “world citizen,” discuss the benefits of being a “world citizen,” and then discuss five easy ways to raise world citizens without leaving the Chicago area.

I hope you’ll be able to take advantage of these great educational opportunities in the Chicago area. And, be sure to stop by and say “hello” to me and Nick if you do.

3. Bookamania
Harold Washington Library Center
400 S. State St. (Loop)
Saturday, November 22, 11 am – 3 pm
Free admission

This Saturday, families can head to the Harold Washington Library Center to enjoy an afternoon filled with music performances, craft activities, author talks, storybook character appearances, and more. The 20th annual Bookamania festival of books is geared towards children ages three to 10 years old and their families, and will feature the authors of A Library Book for Bear, The Adventures of Beekle, and Ashley Bryan’s Puppets. The full schedule of activities, performances and appearances is available on the Chicago Public Library website.

4. Lithuanian Straw Ornament Workshop
Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture
6500 S. Pulaksi Rd. (West Lawn)
Saturday, November 22 at 10 am
$15 for adults, $6 for kids 12 and under
Register in advance online

Intricate and beautiful Lithuanian Christmas ornaments are traditionally made from threaded natural wheat or rye straw – and you can try your hand at making one of your very own this weekend. On Saturday, the Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture will hold its annual Lithuanian Straw Ornament Workshop. During the workshop, participants will be taught how to make a star, snowflake, bell or angle-shaped ornament using white plastic drinking straws. Participants in need of additional inspiration will be able to tour the museum’s Lithuanian Christmas Tree exhibit and see the Lithuanian ornaments hung on each one. Each participant will need to bring their own pair of scissors, pencil and ruler (all other supplies – and light refreshments – will be provided).

5. Maruca Hernandez – Musica for Children
National Museum of Mexican Art
1852 W. 19th St. (Pilsen)
Saturday, November 22 at 1 pm
Free admission

On Saturday, Maruca Hernandez, an acclaimed children’s musician from Mexico, will take the stage at the National Museum of Mexican Art. Hernandez will perform humorous songs, sung primarily in Spanish.

Looking for other places to visit in Pilsen? Then be sure to check out my suggestions for how to spend the afternoon with your family in the Chicago neighborhood.


There is a lot more multicultural 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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