Looking for Free Things to Do in Chicago? This weekend, Chicago’s official “Little Italy” neighborhood plays host to the free Taylor Street Festa Italiana festival this August 7-9! Free Admission! Free Music! Free Concerts! The Taylor Street Festa Italiana lines the streets with numerous food specialties represented in this neighborhood as part of a celebration of classic Italian culture combined with the new wave of commercial, residential and streetscape development in this beautiful area.
Chicago’s own Festa Italiana attracts more than 25,000 to the inimitable Taylor Street stretch of Chicago’s Little Italy neighborhood. Sway to crooners like Jack Miuccio and Tony Ferretti, meet the cast of “Jersey Boys” and enjoy a Three Tenors Tribute to Mario Lanza. Homemade Italian cuisine from stuffed rice balls to beef sandwiches to gelato lend the energy for a go at the free bocce ball courts or the rows of vendors selling Italian crafts.
5 to 11 p.m. Friday, August 7; noon to 11 p.m. Saturday, August 8; and noon to 10 p.m. Sunday, August 9, at 1400 W. Taylor St., Chicago. (847) 795-1800 or onestientertainment.com