This special event will be open to the public, and appropriate for all ages. The aim of sponsoring organizations is to offer Chicago natives and visitors alike an opportunity not only to celebrate their own cultures, but also to get out and experience several new ones by enjoying live performances, music, traditional dance, authentic cuisine, traditional costumes, folk art, and much, much more.
Last year Neighborhoods of the World kicked off with, “Amazing India,” an event featuring the Indian community centered on Devon Avenue, with performances that wowed Chicago crowds. Next came, “A Greek Journey in the Windy City” offering participants a taste of Greektown at Navy Pier with folk dances, songs, and most importantly, delicious food samples from acclaimed Greek restaurants.
Another Sunday celebrated Lithuanian culture and independence, while the next marked the city’s love of Mexican culture with authentic music and dance, cuisine, and multiple performances. The celebration of Italian culture made stars out of the residents of Little Italy, and left tantalizing tastes in the mouths of all who partook. Attractions from “Philippine Fest Chicago,” came next, followed by a Sunday focused on the Bronzevile neighborhoods, with the event “Africa In Chicago,” which offered over twenty vendors of traditional folk art in addition to great performances. “Germania on the Pier” finished off this two-month cultural extravaganza in style, with Bohemian waltzes, Bavarian dances, and German pop hits from the 50’s and 60’s.
This year’s calendar of events should be available soon. Look out for a complete list of the upcoming live performances and join the rest of Chicago in celebrating the ethnic richness of their beloved Windy City!
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