Festivals in Chicago

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Festivals in Chicago

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  • Ritchie I
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    I’ve been to several US based Christkindlmarkets and this one was the most expensive. Assuming there’s enough demand, I find it hard to imagine they ever sell their entire stock though by the end of season with the prices. This market had relatively nice bathroom facilities, port-a potties in a fancy port-a potty enclosure with seperate sinks. And the food was good.
    Written 29 December 2023
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  • Allen21096
    Chicago, IL27,024 contributions
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    The Pride Parade in Chicago can best be described as free entertainment. There certainly is a large amount of community support and the parade is well attended. It usually starts at Montrose Ave. & Broadway Ave. and heads south to Diversey Parkway & Sheridan Rd., where it empties in to Lincoln Park. We don't go to the after party in the park, but we get a kick out of the parade itself. The only caveat that I have is don't take the kids. It is much too risque, in my honest opinion, for kids to be there.
    Written 8 November 2017
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  • ImmerWandern
    Palos Park, IL10,323 contributions
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    We had heard about this Pilsen Street festival for a few years and finally checked it out last year. It began 45 years ago in 1974 to celebrate the opening of a local high school and now celebrated Latino culture: cuisine, music, art. Given that it was held at the height of summer the festival lived up to its name; the day featured relentless sunshine so check the weather and prepare accordingly with headgear and sunblock.

    We arrived fairly early but still found that the closest street parking was many blocks away, an uncomfortable walk in the summer heat. We paid to park close to the entrance.

    About 100 booths lined Cermak Avenue. We focused on the food, drinks and music. Bring an empty stomach and hearty appetite. As with any food festival it was tempting to start eating at the first booth. I suggest walking the length of the Fiesta Del Sol and check out all the culinary offerings before committing to your first of many dishes and drinks. Seating is hard to come by along Cermak so head to the park on the north and find a bench or just sit on the grass.

    Be sure to check out the performance stage on the east end for Mexican songs and dances performed by both school groups and professionals.
    Written 29 July 2019
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  • jjmarkp
    Chicago, IL233 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This annual festival in mid-January is a must-do. There a dozens of shows over the course of the 2 week festival. The fest runs 4 shows simultaneously in the Stage773 space. Shows run for less than an hour. It can be a bit of crapshoot. Some groups rock and others fizzle. But, even if the show is bad, it's over quickly and you move on to the next one. It's become an annual event for me and my friends.
    Written 12 February 2020
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