African Caribbean International Festival of Life

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The 20th Annual International Festival of Life
Union Park, Near West Side Until Sunday July 5 2015
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Get together and feel all right at the 23rd annual African Caribbean International Festival of Life in Union Park. The festivities promote cultural awareness with a weekend full of reggae, dancing, soccer, art and delicious Afro-Caribbean food. Tessanne Chin, winner of The Voice, will perform, as will "Flex" man Mad Cobra and dancehall DJ Josey Wales.


Venue name: Union Park
Address: 1501 W Randolph St

Cross street: between Ogden Ave and Justine St
Opening hours: Daily 6am–11pm
Transport: El stop: Green, Pink to Ashland. Bus: 9, 20.
Price: $25, advance $15, kids 6-12 $5, kids under 6 free, VIP $100
Event phone: 312-427-0266
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This festival is always eclectic with music from throughout the Diaspora, lots of things to buy and good food.  Looking forward to seeing the soccer tournament, a new addition this year.  But I'm especially looking forward to the El-Salvadorian swimwear fashion show and Chicago Samba, the Brazilian dance troupe.  Should be fun.