When you’re craving some authentic Italian, Chicago’s Taylor Street is the place to go. With a large selection of Italian restaurants and shops doting the the block, the Taylor Street area is known as Chicago’s Little Italy. This weekend you can sample some of the best eats from each restaurant at the Festa Italiana.
The Chicago street festival draws in more than 25,000 attendees every year. From pizza slices to homemade lasagna and ravioli, vendors at the festival will be dishing out their best Italian dishes to the public. Visitors can also look forward to enjoying some live entertainment and checking out a variety of booths showcasing local retail vendors and shops.
A little history on Little Italy
Italian immigrants first began coming to Chicago early as the 1850s. Although many settled all over the city, the area now known as Little Italy saw the greatest concentration. Little Italy is also the home to landmarks like the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame, which showcases both the local and national history of Italian Americans. The Taylor Street Festa Italiana was established to celebrate the long Italian cultural heritage and its influences on the neighborhood.
When and where
Festa Italiana will take place on Taylor Street between Ashland and Loomis. The celebration will kick off Friday August 7th from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. It will then continue on Saturday August 8th and Sunday August 9th from noon to 11 p.m.
For those that want to taste homemade Italian food but want to avoid a large crowd, you can visit GrubHub.com for a complete list of Italian restaurants that will deliver right to your door step.