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Taylor Street’s Little Italy Festa 2018 in Chicago

Trevi Fountain - The fountain filled with coin...

Trevi Fountain – The fountain filled with coins, from another perspective. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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 at the annual Taylor Street Italian Festival.

 

 

Taylor Street Festival

Taylor Street Summer Festival

Taylor Street Summer Festival

Festa Italiana

 

WHERE: 1453 W. Taylor St.

Chicago, IL 60607

Taylor Street Italian Festival 2012

Trevi Fountain at Taylor Street in Chicago

 

Taylor Street in Chicago

Taylor Street in Chicago

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.

 

Legendary Drifters at Taylor Street Italian Festival 2012

One year I saw the Legendary Drifters at the Taylor Street Italian Festival

Another year I listened to  Bobby Rydell perform.

 

Here’s the official website: http://www.festaitalianachicago.org/

 

Taylor Street Italian Festival 2012

Taylor Street Italian Festival 2012

Taylor Street Italian Festival 2012

Taylor Street Italian Festival 2012

Taylor Street Italian Festival 2012

Taylor Street Italian Festival 2012

You have to go to Rome to see the real Trevi Fountain.

A 5x5 segment panorama taken by myself with a ...

(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

 

 

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.

Taylor Street Italian Festival 2012

Taylor Street Italian Festival 2012

The Legendary Drifters’  repertoire included: “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.

Legendary Drifters at Taylor Street Italian Festival 2012

Legendary Drifters at Taylor Street Italian Festival 2012

Legendary Drifters perform on Taylor Street Italian Festival 2012

Legendary Drifters perform on Taylor Street Italian Festival 2012

On Broadway (song)

On Broadway (song) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Hours:  Thursday 5 – 9 pm,

Friday  5 – 10 pm,

Saturday 12 – 11 pm,

Sunday 12 – 9 pm

 

The Drifters' Golden Hits

The Drifters’ Golden Hits (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

WHERE:  Little Italy

Address:  Taylor St. at Ashland Ave. Chicago, IL 60606

In Little Italy, Chicago, some Italian languag...

In Little Italy, Chicago, some Italian language signage is visible (eg. Banca Italiana) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

taylor street

Taylor Street

There Goes My Baby (The Drifters song)

There Goes My Baby (The Drifters song) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Here’s a short video of the Festival

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Za3laHrq66I

Many suburban Italians, whose roots trace back to Taylor Street maintain a regular pilgrimage to “the old neighborhood” on the near-west side.

Taylor Street Italian Festival in Chicago

RoseBud Restaurant on Taylor Street During the Festival 2012

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.

Another one of my favorite Taylor Street eateries is Tuscany with multiple locations throughout the Chicagoland area. Try the Chicken Parmigiana Sandwich or Pork Chop Vesuvio.

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 Little Italy.

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.

Piazza DiMaggio on Taylor street in Chicago

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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

The Bronx Wanderers on Taylor street in Chicago

Live Music on Taylor Street in Chicago

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