Chicago’s popular Little Italy neighborhood will celebrate its history and heritage from August 18-20, 2017, as the annual Taylor Street Festa Italiana returns for its 12th year. More than 50,000 fest goers are expected to attend, saying “Ciao” to new neighbors, and “That’s Amore” about the authetic Italian activities, delectable (or “buono”) Italian cuisine, and energetic live entertainment in three dynamic stages.
Start Date: Friday, August 18, 2017
End Date: Sunday, August 20, 2017
Time: Friday 5PM-11PM, Saturday 12PM-11PM, Sunday 12PM-10PM
Location: Ashland Ave. & W. Taylor St., Chicago, IL 60607
Cost: Free entry, vendors will charge
Entry to the event is a suggested $5 donation with proceeds benefiting the University Village Association, a community development organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for the Near West Side Community.
The three-day celebration will put Chicagoans’ appetites to the test, as a meatball eating contest will challenge some of the city’s best amateur competitive eaters.
Families are invited to come out and enjoy the Festa Italiana with their little ones, as carnival rides and family-friendly activities will be taking place all weekend long, all nestled alongside three great stages of live entertainment and some of the best Italian food that Chicago has to offer.
Longtime family-owned restaurants and neighborhood newcomers will serve up some of the best food in the city. Italian and Italian-American singers will perform American and Italian classics. An Italian dance ensemble will perform and teach the tarantella, a well-loved Italian folk dance performed at Italian weddings. Fest-goers will have the opportunity to play Italian card games, and buy Italian-themed art and other merchandises.
To learn more about Festa Italiana, please visit the website.
Festa Italiana is located in University Village along Taylor Street. If you’re planning on taking the train the pink line’s Polk stop is a short walk to the festival. The Racine blue line stop will also drop you off a couple blocks north of the festival.