Festa Italiana


Festa Italiana

Bring the family to Festa Italiana in Chicago’s Little Italy neighborhood August 19-20, and stay at the nearby and affordable Best Western Plus Chicago Hotel at Hillside!

Festa Italiana will fill your belly with meatballs (and other stuff) and introduce you to Italian culture.

Family owned restaurants will serve up some of the best food in the city. Italian singers will perform, uh, Italian songs. An Italian dance ensemble will perform and teach you the Tarantella traditional wedding dance. There will be lots of games, meatball and cannoli eating contests, Italian-themed art for sale, Christmas ornaments and much more!

Enjoy authentic vino, meatballs, lasagna, biscotti, risotto, bruschetta and much more. Bands: Chicago Diamond Trio, Maggie Speaks, Hello Weekend, Sam Fazio, Rose Colella.

Trolley cars will take you and the family on tours of Little Italy, home to immigrants since the beginning of the 20th Century.

On Sunday, there will be a procession from the storied Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii to the event site. A traditional Italian marching band will lead the marchers to a special mass and on to the Rosebud Stage for a reenactment of old Italian songs.

Festa Italiana will take place between Ashland Avenue and Racine Street. For more information, go online to http://starevents.com/festivals/festa-italiana/ and follow the prompts.

Best Western Plus Chicago Hotel at Hillside, just a short drive or el ride to the Festa Italiana, provides free shuttle service to and from O’Hare Airport in Chicago. The hotel offers affordable, comfortable rooms, a breakfast bar and restaurant and much more. The hotel is pet friendly and offers AAA rates.