Festa Italiana

Thursday & Friday 5pm – 10pm | Saturday 12pm – 11pm | Sunday 12pm – 10pm

August 18-21, 2016


Festa Italiana will fill your senses with la dolce vita Italy and meatballs. The 10th annual Festa Italiana stretches along Taylor Street between Ashland Avenue and Racine Street.

Longtime family-owned restaurants and neighborhood newcomers will serve up some of the best food in the city. Italian and Italian-American singers will perform American and Italian classics. An Italian dance ensemble will perform and teach the tarantella, a well-loved Italian folk dance performed at Italian weddings. Fest-goers will have the opportunity to play Italian card games, compete in contests to see who can consume the most meatballs and cannoli (of course, not at the same time!), and buy Italian-themed art, Christmas ornaments and other merchandises.

The Fest will also offer trolley tours of Little Italy, Chicago’s oldest Italian neighborhood, which was a gateway for thousands of immigrants at the beginning of the 20th century.

On Sunday, August 21, a tradition the immigrants brought with them from Italy will be re-enacted with a procession from the storied Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii to the Festa Italiana event site. A traditional Italian marching band will lead flag-bearers and worshipers from the 11 a.m. mass through the streets of the neighborhood, up Taylor Street to the Rosebud Stage for a short enactment of centuries-old Italian songs.

The Schedule



8:00 – 10:00 PM   Sam Fazio
5:30 – 7:30 PM      Rose Colella


8:00 – 10:00 PM   Chicago Diamond Trio
5:30 – 7:30 PM      Joe Policastro Trio


8:00 – 10:00 PM   Maggie Speaks


8:30 – 10:00 PM   Breezy Rodio
6:00 – 8:00 PM     OutCast Jazz Band
4:00 – 5:30 PM      Angel Spiccia


8:00 – 10:00 PM   Gold Coast All-Stars
6:00 – 7:30 PM     Cole DeGenova


8:00 – 10:00 PM   Too White Crew
6:00 – 7:30 PM      Stache


8:00 – 10:00 PM   Soco 7
6:00 – 7:30 PM      Paul Marinaro w/ Jazz Orchestra
3:30 – 5:30 PM      The Flat Cats Swing Band
1:30 – 3:00 PM     Lisa Roti   


8:30 – 10:00 PM   Rat Pack w/ Dakota
6:30 – 8:00 PM     Alfonso Ponticelli & Band
4:30 – 6:00 PM    Denise Tomasello
2:30 – 4:00 PM    Abigail Riccards
12:00 – 2:00 PM Steve Torrico’s Lakeshore Syncopators


8:00 – 10:00 PM   16 Candles
6:00 – 7:30 PM      Wedding Banned


8:30 – 10:00 PM   John Coppola
7:00 – 7:30 PM      Four C Notes
4:30 – 6:30 PM     Anthony Bruno Orchestra
2:30 – 4:00 PM     Josie Falbo
12:30 – 2:00 PM   Paul Marinaro Trio
12:00 – 12:30 PM  Sicilian Seranaders


8:00 – 10:00 PM   Francesco Marino & Daniella Crocco
6:00 – 7:30 PM      Italian Opera Singer: Marisa Buchheit presents “Serenata”
4:00 – 5:30 PM     Connie Marshal/ Johnny Gabor Quintet
12:00 – 1:30 PM   Coax & Folks


8:00 – 10:00 PM   7th Heaven
6:00 – 7:30 PM      The Boy Band Night
4:00 – 5:30 PM     Hat Guys
12:00 – 1:30 PM   Radio Stars

The Live Music

4 days of authentic Italian live bands & musicians

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Getting to Taylor Street @ Ashland Ave


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