Festa Italiana

August 18-20 | 2017

Friday 5-11pm, Saturday 12-11pm, Sunday 12-10pm


Festa Italiana will fill your senses with la dolce vita Italy and meatballs. The 12th 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, and other merchandises.

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Getting to Taylor Street @ Ashland Ave

From CTA Trains

Festa Italiana is located in University Village along Taylor Street. If you’re planning on taking the train the pink line’s Polk stop is a short walk to the festival. The Racine blue line stop will also drop you off a couple blocks north of the festival.


If you’re coming from the east or west, CTA bus #157 might be your best bet, it runs along Taylor Street.  If you’re coming in from the north or south, Ashland’s Bus #9  intersects with Taylor Street.

Nearest Express Way

If you’re planning on driving to Festa Italiana the festival is nearest to I-290. Take its exit at Ashland and then drive south to Taylor Street.

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Artists, Food, Merchants, Non-profits

Application Deadline: June 23 ($50 Late Fee for any application turned in after deadline)
Acceptance Emails: June 30
Load In Details: August 16

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If mailing your application, please mail to: StarEvents | 1609 W Belmont Ave | Chicago, IL 60657

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