Since 1995, Navy Pier has been Chicago’s lakefront playground. It also happens to be the Midwest’s #1 leisure and tourist destination, attracting over 8.6 million visitors a year. As popular as it is, many have yet to learn that it is a cultural gem that promotes Chicago’s ethnic communities.
Its Neighborhoods of the World events are back this year. Last week it featured the country of India. Last month, Italy, China, Mexico and Lithuania took turns on center stage.
On Sunday, March 24th, the Philippines will be featured in what is called Piyesta Pinoy sa Chicago (Philippine Fest Chicago). The event begins at 12 noon and ends at 5pm. There will be cultural booths and live entertainment.
The performances will feature music by Sama Sama Project and the Hinsdale Angklung Rondalla Ensemble. Cultural dances will be performed by PACF Performing Arts, UIC-FIA Battle of the Bamboo contestants, DePaul Asian Cultural Exchange and more. To make your visit even more enjoyable, food will be provided by Chicago’s popular Sunda New Asia restaurant.
On Sunday, March 31st, the rich traditions of African heritage will be featured from 12 noon to 5pm. Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood, a landmark of African-American urban heritage will be tribute by live performances. There will also be 20 vendors present with traditional folk art.
The Neighborhoods of the World will culminate with the Chicago’s very own Greek American presence on April 7th between 12 noon and 5pm. Like the previously mentioned events, this afternoon will also be filled with great live performances. To top it off, food from great local restaurants, such as Greek Islands, Parthenon, Athena, Pegasus and Artopolis Bakery will surely delight your taste buds.
So get out your calendars and make sure to visit some or all of these wonderful cultural events.
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