Festa Italiano


Festa Italiano

Bring the family to Festa Italiana near the University of Illinois Chicago, August 18-20 and stay at the nearby and affordable Best Western Plus Chicago at Hillside!

Festa Italiana will fill your senses with la dolce vita Italy and meatballs! The 12th annual Festa Italiana stretches along Taylor Street between Ashland Avenue and Racine Street.

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, compete in contests to see who can consume the most meatballs and cannoli (of course, not at the same time!), and buy Italian-themed art, and other merchandises.

There will be an eclectic music lineup with twenty-five bands playing swing to jazz to funk to blues. Featured bands include the Chicago Jazz Orchestra, the Joe Policastro Trio, the Rose Colleta Big Band, the Flat Cast Swing Band, and a whole lot more. And enjoy traditional Italin dances.

Festa Italiano is located at the intersection of Ashland Avenue and Racine Street. For more information, go online to https://www.starevents.com/event/festa-italiana/ and follow the prompts.

Best Western Plus Chicago Hotel at Hillside, just minutes away from the Festa Italiana, offers 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.