Fathers Day Weekend • June 15-17 2018
This annual celebration of Italian culture located in the classic “The Heart of Chicago” generations–old Italian neighborhood draws approximately 25,000 attendees annually. The event features three stages of headline entertainment, great Italian wines, authentic Italian food specialties from the incredible restaurants located in that “Little Tuscany” area, Venetian-costumed performers, statues that line the street and a Florentine market filled with finely crafted Italian merchandise has added to what has become a Father’s Day weekend tradition for many families. The festival is traditionally held Father’s Day weekend.
Parking: There is ample street parking available on Western ave. and on Blue Island ave. A pay lot is available at Oakley and Blue Island (26th St.)
Chicago's Little Italy Festa - Taylor St.
August 16-19 2018
Taylor Street is one of the most historic neighborhoods in Chicago. From the late 1800s to about the 1950s, this area was a hub for Italian immigrants to settle and establish their families. It soon became Chicago's "Official" Little Italy.
Chicago's Little Italy Fest-Taylor Street celebrates the great history of the neighborhood by celebrating the rich culture of the generations of Italians who settled there decades ago. Fabulous food from award-winning area restaurants, several stages of continuous family entertainment, quality merchandise from Italy and colorful cultural attractions make this event one of the most popular of the summer.
Sponsored by Little Italy Chicago Neighborhood Association and Produced by Ron Onesti of Onesti Entertainment, Owner of The Arcada Theatre in St. Charles, Little Italy Fest-West in Addison and Festa Pasta Vino on Oakley Avenue in Chicago, who was also born on Taylor Street.
LITTLE ITALY FEST-WEST
August 2-5 2018
THANKS FOR ANOTHER INCREDIBLE YEAR!
The smell of garlic and the sounds of Sinatra, Prima and Valli will once again fill the air of Centennial Park (Lake Street at Rohlwing Road) as the Annual Little Italy Fest-West returns to Addison. This celebration of Italian culture combines authentic Italian food specialties with unique, top-line entertainment and has become the number one Italian festival in the Chicago area. Approximately 20,000 festival goers each year enjoy beautiful European décor, delicious Italian foods , and top-notch entertainment provided by famous Italian American singers and performers from around the nation. The western suburbs of Chicago are thrilled with its return.