Ginza Chicago Holiday Festival – August 7th-9th 0

The 2015 Chicago Ginza Holiday Festival, now in its 60th year, celebrates Japanese culture Friday, Aug. 7 through Sunday, Aug. 8 in Old Town at the Midwest Buddhist Temple at 435 West Menomonee Street.

August 7: 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
August 8: 11:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
August 9: 11:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Festival will include arts and crafts available for purchase, aikido and judo martial arts demonstrations, taiko drumming, dancing and ukulele musical acts.

When it comes to food:

  • Grilled Chicken Teriyaki dinner
  • Udon (Japanese cold noodles)
  • sushi
  • Spam musubi
  • edamame
  • grilled corn on the cob
  • Hawaiian shaved ice

Entrance prices vary from $7-$12. A 3-day pass is $15. Tickets are on

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Chicago Cultural Alliance Presents World Dumpling Fest – Oct 7th 0

Chicago Cultural Alliance will be hosting the World Dumpling Fest on October 7th, from 11am to 6pm, at Millennium Park. There’s going to be cultural performances, artist booths, and of course, dumplings. The event will feature dumplings from Chicago area restaurants, serving up an international variety of foods wrapped in dough.

Participating restaurants include:

  • Tryzub Restaurant serving their Varenyky pierogi.
  • Ethiopian Diamond serving their Sambusas
  • Chow Bros. serving their gourmet pierogis
  • Himalayan Restaurant serving varies kinds of Momo.
  • Himmel’s serving the German dumpling, Spätzle.
  • Kamehachi serving a variety of shumai.
  • Sweet Station serving a variety of traditional Chinese dumplings.
  • Perfect Pasta serving different variations of Ravioli.
  • and more…

What: World Dumpling Fest
When: Saturday, October 7th, 2017, 11am – 6pm
Where: Chase Promenade South, Millennium Park
How: 3 dumplings for $10 or 18 dumplings for $50. Tasting passes can be purchased here.