Are you going to Taylor Street’s Little Italy Festa 2018 in Chicago?
Chicago’s popular Little Italy neighborhood will celebrate its history and heritage from August 16-19, 2018 as the annual Taylor Street Italian Festival returns.
WHERE: 1453 W. Taylor St.
Chicago, IL 60607
Chicago’s popular Little Italy neighborhood will celebrate its history and heritage at the annual Taylor Street Festa Italiana. More than 50,000 fest goers are expected to attend, saying “Ciao” to new neighbors, and “That’s Amore” about the authetic Italian food and activities. I’m going to see the Bronx Wanderers at 8:45 on Saturday.
Another year I listened to Bobby Rydell perform.
Here’s the official website: http://www.festaitalianachicago.org/
Last year, I took a picture of the replica of the Trevi Fountain and participated in the Meatball Eating Contest.
You have to go to Rome to see the real Trevi Fountain.
Italian neighborhoods in Chicago celebrate summer with annual traditions in historic Italian neighborhoods. Taylor Street was the port-of-call for many Italians who immigrated to Chicago from the shores of southern Italy.
In previous years, I saw the Legendary Drifters perform on Friday night and Sunday night! Listen to them play their famous repertoire including: “On Broadway”, “Dance with Me”, “Saturday Night at the Movies“, “Under the Boardwalk”, “There Goes my Baby”, “This Magic Moment” and “Save the Last Dance for Me”. There were plenty of dancing opportunities at the annual event.
Hours: Thursday 5 – 9 pm,
Friday 5 – 10 pm,
Saturday 12 – 11 pm,
Sunday 12 – 9 pm
WHERE: Little Italy
Address: Taylor St. at Ashland Ave. Chicago, IL 60606
Here’s a short video of the Festival
They anticipate 55,000 visitors to the historic Italian neighborhood over the weekend and many will be Italian American. Many suburban Italians, whose roots trace back to Taylor Street maintain a regular pilgrimage to “the old neighborhood” on the near-west side.
Many businesses have been in this neighborhood for many generations like Chicago’s legendary Gonnella bread family.
Alex Dana runs the famed Rosebud Chain in Chicago and has earned his own street sign in the neighborhood. The Taylor Street location has an incredible outdoor space for dining alfresco.
The festival is a mecca for foodies who want to enjoy Italian cuisine and listen to live entertainment on multiple stages.
Trattoria-style restaurants, the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame and the historic Roman Catholic churches like the Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii and Holy Family populate Chicago’s most popular Little Italy precinct.
Visit Joe DiMaggio Piazza with the fountain. Enjoy a frozen lemonade from Mario’s Italian Lemonade or an Italian Beef sandwich. I enjoyed the “Juicy” (dipped in gravy) combination beef/sausage from The Patio food booth and the baked clams from Pompei. All of my friends that are not from Chicago make fun of the way I say “saaaa-sage.”
Buy some olive oil from the “Italian Iron Chef”. The Conte di Savoia Italian grocer and deli are offering meatball sandwiches, Italian subs and Italian desserts. Scafuri’s bakery will all be offering tasty cookies. Don’t forget to take a stroll in Arrigo (Peanut) Park to see the statue of Columbus.
Here’s a list of Italian Festivals around the country: http://www.niaf.org/research/festivals.asp
Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Italy Travel Guides and Apps @ www.vino-con-vista.com
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