From 2014-2016, we held a street festival in our neighborhood—Albany Park World Fest, produced by Special Events Management. This celebration of food, music, art and culture will be a fun and family friendly event for Albany Parkers, as well as for those from other neighborhoods who might not know much about our vibrant community.
Make sure to spread the word to friends and neighbors so we can make the fest a success—and bigger and better next year!
Albany Park Neighbors is a fest beneficiary, which means a portion of the proceeds will go to our group and help improve the community for all who live, work, play, and do business here.
Date & Time: August 16 from noon to 10pm and August 17 from noon to 9pm
Location: Kimball between Lawrence & Wilson
Cost: Suggested donation of $5 per person or $10 per family
Transportation & Parking:
During the weekend of Albany Park World Fest, the CTA will be performing work on the Brown Line between Manor and Rockwell. This might mean that passengers headed to or from the Fest will have to take shuttles. Paid parking can be found along Lawrence and Montrose Avenues.
Musical Lineup: Hand-selected by local promoters, Dave from Sound Culture & Wo from Tortuga’s Cantina Restaurant (As of early August)
Saturday, August 16
12:30 p.m. Tsukasa Taiko (Asian drumming)
2:30 p.m. Malley Family Middle-Eastern Band
4:30 p.m. Chicago Samba (Brazilian music and dancers)
6:30 p.m. Urban Rhythm (Caribbean fusion/calypso)
8:30 p.m. Sangre Michoacana (regional Mexican)
Between acts, DJ Mwelwa Musambacine will spin world music.
Sunday, August 17
12:30 p.m. Mass (Misa), Albany Park’s New Life Community Church
2:00 p.m. Marimba Ixchel (Guatemalan)
7:30 p.m. Funkadesi (world music)
Between acts, DJ SloMo and DJ Lui-G will spin world and Latin music.
Fest Food Options from Local & Area Eateries Include: (As of early August)
Tortuga’s Cantina (Latin American) – Delicious flavors from all around Latin America
Noon o Kabab (Persian) – An Albany Park landmark!
2 Asian Brothers (Pan-Asian) – Banh mi, street noodles & more
Tano’s Pizzeria (Pizza) – Grab a slice (or three!)
Cevapcici Chicago (Eastern European) – These sausages are a festival staple, and entirely delicious!
A children’s area will feature pony rides, a petting zoo and more. A church service will also be celebrated by New Life Community Church at 12:30pm on Sunday.
The Kimball bus will be re-routed to accommodate the festival. Please follow signage at your stop for details and allot a few more minutes to get to your destination.
Help us make the fest a success by taking a short shift at the entrance gates or serving in the beer tents. If you’re 21 or older, sign up!