International Festival of Life


International Festival of Life

Bring the whole family to the International Festival of Life July 1-4, and stay at the nearby and affordable Best Western Plus Chicago Hotel at Hillside!

The International Festival of Life features music, food, arts and crafts, sports and much more! Hear Reggae and other world music, including Caribbean, African, Latin American and American! Enjoy three on three soccer tournaments, dominoes and many other games!

The International Festival Life will feature a special Earth, Wind and Fire tribute to R & B legend Maurice White! There will be folkloric dance performances, native music, lots of hands-on games and activities for the kids, games for all ages, and local, international and national music groups!

Also on hand will be vendors and exhibitors that will display and sell products, from arts and crafts, textiles and jewelry to electronics, books and services, among others. The food court will consist of more than twenty food vendors with an international flair. From the celebrated Jamaican Jerk Chicken, lamb and fish to African, American, Italian, Asian, Mexican and other cuisines.

The International Festival of Life is located in Union Park at the corner of Lake Street and Ashland Avenue in Chicago’s west Loop. For tickets and a list of performers, go online to and follow the prompts.

Best Western Plus Chicago Hotel at Hillside, just a short drive to the American Music Festival at Union Park, 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.