If spring is here can the Greater Chicago Jewish Festival be far behind? So, forget the cold and plan on celebrating everything Jewish at the 2018 Greater Chicago Jewish Festival on Sunday, June 10, 2018 at St Paul Forest Preserve at Oakton (8000 N) and Lehigh (6300 W) in Morton Grove, from 11am-6pm. Rain location is Niles West HS, 5701 W. Oakton in Skokie. Free parking. $5 donation requested; children and seniors free.
Unique in its celebration of Jewish culture in Chicago, the festival, the heart and soul of Jewish Chicago, seeks to showcase all aspects of the Chicagoland Jewish community. Four stages of music and dance, featuring Howard Levy and Corky Siegel will create a vibrant background for over 40,000 attendees, who also can wander through the extensive art bazaar featuring artists from Chicago, the U.S., Israel and across the world, learn about available cultural, religious, political and social resources at the organization fair, sample kosher food from around the world while enjoying differing aspects of their heritage.
Representing the backbone of the Jewish community will be over 80 booths of co-sponsoring Jewish organizations reflecting the community’s interests and diversity. With their parents in tow, children will revel at the Hands-On tent and the kids’ stage.
And what would a Jewish celebration be without food? The strictly certifiably kosher food court will offer a wide variety of food including pizza, falafel, shish kabob, ice cream and more, all at reasonable prices. Cooking demonstrations by renowned chefs will offer lessons and samples.
The Festival has something for everyone–teens, adults, children and seniors; families, singles and groups of friends; cultural, religious or secular Jews; those interested in any part of Jewish life. “The Festival provides an opportunity for our community to come together to celebrate Jewish culture rather than the crises which punctuate our lives,” commented Michael Lorge, the Festival’s founder and executive director.
The all-day Festival, the largest Jewish cultural event in Chicago, is produced by the Jewish POCET, an all volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to creating quality events for the Chicago Jewish community. Free parking next to the Festival grounds.