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On this third weekend in June, not only do celebrations abound for Dads this Sunday on Father's Day but for all Chicagoans as well.  Spend some quality time with your Dad at any one of the following events:

Come out and celebrate the 45th annual Puerto Rican Day Parade this Saturday, 12:00 p.m., at Columbus and Balbo Drives (300 E. Balbo Drive).  It's a celebration of Puerto Rican culture which proceeds north on Columbus Drive to Monroe Street featuring a procession of floats, salsa dancers, folk dances and many others in tow!

If the 12:00 p.m. parade is too early for you, then come out for the 32nd annual Puerto Rican People's Parade at 2:00 p.m.  This celebration of Puerto Rican culture begins at 1200 N. Western Avenue at Division Street, which will proceed west on Division Street to Humboldt Park where the celebration will continue!

Humboldt Park (1400 N. Sacramento Avenue) will be alive and vibrant this weekend celebrating Puerto Rican culture with food vendors, crafts, live music, dancing and much more at this year's Fiestas Puertorriquenas.  Can't afford a trip to Puerto Rico this year?  Chicago's Puerto Rican community will bring it to you!

A celebration of authentic Italian food, wine, family and culture can be had this weekend at the Festa Pasta Vino annual block party located in the Little Tuscany neighborhood at 24th Street and Oakley Avenue.  This celebration will also feature cooking demonstrations, kids' activities, live music, merchandise vendors and more.  Can't afford a trip to Italy this year?  Chicago's Italian community will bring it to you!

Celebrate the start of summer at the 21st annual Chicago Peace Fest located in the Lincoln Park neighborhood at 1700 N. Stockton Drive.  This picnic-style celebration will feature live music and entertainment, exhibits, speakers, vendors and much more.

Another great event this weekend is The Raven, located in the Ravenswood neighborhood at Chase Park (4701 N. Ashland Avenue), which will celebrate its third year with food, kids' activities, merchandise vendors, dance performances and, of course, live music.

Then there's the MidSummer Festival located in the West Rogers Park (West Ridge) neighborhood at 2500 W. Bryn Mawr Avenue between Lincoln and Western Avenues.  This festival celebrates the Summer Solstice with a Scandinavian theme.  Food vendors, arts and crafts, kids' activities and live music will be on hand so you can celebrate in style!

The West Loop neighborhood will be celebrating with the Taste of Randolph Street.  Now in its 13th year, this food fest stretches six-blocks on Randolph Street between Peoria Street and Racine Avenue (900 W. Randolph Street).  Live music will also be featured for your entertainment pleasure!

Here's something a little different.  The Chi-Town Hunt-Down, Where the El? takes place this Saturday, 2:00 p.m., at Millennium Park (201 E. Randolph Street).  I know, you're wondering what the el is this?  It's an urban scavenger hunt where you snap cell-phone photos as proof of completed tasks at various locations.  Afterwards at 5:30 p.m., at the final destination the Wormhole, a celebratory party will feature prizes for top competitors, light refreshments, along with live and silent auctions benefiting The State Theatre of Chicago.

Finally, kicking off their 14th season this weekend is the Chicago SummerDance Festival held at Grant Park's Spirit of Music Garden (601 S. Michigan Avenue).  This 11-week festival will have you dancing to all types of music with an hour of professional dance instruction followed by two hours of live music.  Saturday brings the Jitterbug with Margot McGraw-Toppen and Riley Wimes, Jr. with music by the Outcast Jazz Band.  Sunday brings the Rumba with with music by the Teddy Lee Orchestra.  And remember, having two left feet, or two right for that matter, is no excuse!  So get out there and shake your bootie.

I don't know about you, but all these celebrations are exhausting me.  I think I'll have to take next week off just to recoup!  How about you?



Posted: Friday, June 18, 2010 9:59 AM by Dean's Team


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