Travel the world this weekend without ever leaving the 49th Ward. Dance to the beat of music as diverse as our community and sample flavors from every continent on the planet at the 9th Annual Celebrate Clark Street World Music Festival this Saturday, July 19th (1:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.) and Sunday, July 20th (1:00 to 10 p.m.) on Clark Street between Morse and Estes. I am proud to join the lead sponsor–the Rogers Park Business Alliance–in bringing this marvelous festival to Rogers Park.
Picked by ChicagoTraveler.com for the “Editor’s Choice Award” and critically acclaimed and recognized by the Chicago Reader for its eclectic musical lineup, this world music street party continually breaks the mold of Chicago’s predictable street festivals. “Make no mistake–the live music acts rival, if not exceed some of those at the Taste or anything else you could find at a Grant Park fest.” – allvoices.com
With two stages of live World Music (curated by Sound Culture Center for Global Arts), Celebrate Clark Street has grown from a large block party into one of Chicago’s most renowned and unique street festivals, attracting over 25,000 people annually. The festival has become a mecca for concert and festival goers and Chicago’s hippest “globalistas.” It highlights folkloric music and dance from around the world and cutting edge international touring bands, redefining the world music genre.
Celebrate Clark Street welcomes families. Circus acts will be performing throughout the festival area, and family activities will include Zumba, face painting, arts & crafts and much more.
The festival is known for hosting many outstanding and critically acclaimed artists and showcasing the diversity of the neighborhood. This year Celebrate Clark Street welcomes Ricardo Lemvo & Makina Loca, Cheick Hamala Diabate, Ceci Bastida, Kosta Kostov’s Moussaka Bass, Rafi eL, Cumbia Machin, Funkadesi, Fareed Haque’s Flat Earth Ensemble, Mambo Express, Los Vicios de Papa, Five Star Brass, Sangre Michoacana and more.
Suggested Donation: $5 per person, $10 per family.
My staff and I will be at the festival both days taking city service requests. Look for the 49th Ward Satellite Service Office booth, and enjoy the festival!
Follow me first to the ribbon cutting and grand opening of a new toy store, Giving Tree Toys, 7020 N. Clark Street (between Lunt and Greenleaf). The ribbon cutting will take place tonight (Friday, July 18th), 5:00 p.m. Following the ribbon cutting, we’ll move one door north to La Choza Mexican Grill, 7022 N. Clark, to enjoy some tasty Mexican dishes and a liquid refreshment or two from 5:15 to 7:00 p.m.
I look forward to what promises to be a very fun weekend in Rogers Park!