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World Dumpling Fest

Chicago Cultural Alliance

Navy Pier Polk Bros. Park 600 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611                                                            September 29th, 2019 | 12:00-7:00 pm

Join the Chicago Cultural Alliance to celebrate and experience diverse cultures throughout Chicago and the world through performance, art, and DUMPLINGS! Every culture has a dumpling and here you can taste them all! Dumplings are served from neighborhood-based ethnic restaurants in and around Chicago. This event is in collaboration with World Music Festival.

Admission is Free. For Dumplings, purchase your tickets today!

Dumpling Tasting $12 (Three 3 oz Servings)
Dumpling Deluxe $20 (Six 3 oz Servings)

Donation $60 or more to become a Cultural Ally and enter the Fast Pass lines for all the restaurants at World Dumpling Fest.

An example of a 3 oz serving equals to 1 empanada or 3 pot stickers.

Sept 29th – Oct 26th, 2019

Inherit Chicago is a month-long festival of intercultural art, ideas and performance at neighborhood heritage institutions. It is the first and only intercultural festival that highlights the rich diversity across the city’s neighborhoods, and promotes cultural and community understanding.

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Inherit Chicago offers Chicagoans and visitors a cultural journey through all of its arts, conversation, and food in a month-long, multi-event festival, happening across 41 neighborhood-based cultural heritage institutions, all members of the Chicago Cultural Alliance. 

Programs and Events

Peace Day In Chicago

Chicago Build the Peace Committee

At Daley Plaza | 50 W. Washington Street, Chicago, IL 60602 
September 23rd 2019 | 12:00-1:00 pm

As a special pre-event for Inherit Chicago, Peace Day brings together communities and cultures as a vital step towards building peace in Chicago and the world. The interactive World Peace Flag Ceremony accompanied by world music gives every audience member a voice as 193 beautiful country flags are presented by flag bearers (many in traditional dress) as we all call out Peace for each country. Enjoy moving cultural performances, inspiring speakers and the opportunity to network with organizations and individuals committed to making peace a priority every day. 

This is a free event.

Celebrating Day of the Dead: Workshop Series

Casa Michoacán

1638 S. Blue Island Avenue Chicago, IL 60608 214 
Part 1: October 5th 2019 | 12:00-3:00 pm
Part 2: October 19th, 2019 | 2:00-5:00 pm

Are you afraid of the occult? Join us in our two-part series lead by a Mexican artisan and celebrate Day of the Dead while learning about why Mexicans commemorate death in this way. Part 1 consists of decorating sugar skulls and Part 2 consists of decorating Catrinas, a female representation of Death. 

Ticket Price: $10

Voices of the World

Open Center for the Arts and Chicago Public Schools

At Open Center for the Arts  | 2214 S Sacramento Ave, Chicago, IL 60623
October 5th 2019 | 5:00-9:00 pm

Experience The “Voices of the World Project” with Open Center for The Arts. The project showcases 51 artists from 48 countries who have created posters that interpret what “We are all Migrants” means. Take a tour of the Little Village Neighborhood where many of the posters are exhibited. After the tour, join community residents in a conversation about their experience of migration from Mexico to Chicago.

This is a free event.

Reawakening Vision: Photography by Dorrell Creightney

The DuSable Museum of African American History, The Swedish American Museum, and Creightney Photography

At Swedish American Museum | 5211 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640                   October 6th, 2019 | 4:00-6:00 pm

At the DuSable Museum of African American History | 740 East 56th Place,
Chicago, IL 60637 
October 24th, 2019 | 6:30-8:00 pm

The DuSable Museum of African American History and the Swedish American Museum in collaboration with Vanessa Stokes, daughter of photographer Dorrell Creightney, will host a discussion and unfurling of visual culture. Creightney spent years in Stockholm, Sweden capturing images of musicians, artists, activists, and the everyday. His life and career as a photographer opens a conversation about Blacks of the Diaspora, creatives and entrepreneurship, racial justice and cultural understanding. 

Ticket Price: $5

Cambodian Music of Life and Healing

The National Cambodian Heritage Museum & Killing Fields Memorial and Crossing Borders Music

At Chicago Cultural Center | 78 E Washington St, Chicago, IL 60602 |                October 6th, 2019 | 2:00-4:00 pm

At National Cambodian Heritage Museum and Killing Fields Memorial, 
2831 W Lawrence Ave, Chicago, IL 60625
October 20th, 2019 | 2:00- 4:00 pm

At Skokie Library, 5215 Oakton St, Skokie, IL 60077
October 27th, 2019 | 3:00-5:00 pm

The National Cambodian Heritage Museum and Killing Fields Memorial and Crossing Borders Music present music celebrating the living tradition of Cambodian arts in a concert for remembrance and healing. Under the Khmer Rouge, most Cambodian artists were killed. After, Cambodians made heroic efforts to find living artists to pass along the traditional art forms. This life-affirming performance will showcase National Cambodian Heritage Museum resident artist Punisa Pov, who was taught by genocide survivors, and the Crossing Borders Music String Quartet performing music performing string quartet music inspired by the traditional art forms and honoring the genocide victims.

This event is free.  Registration for the Skokie Library Performance is not included in the link below. 

Aarti Shahani:

Here We Are

American Writers Museum
At American Writers Museum | 180 North Michigan Ave, 2nd Floor, Chicago, IL October 9th, 2019 | 6:30-8:30 pm

NPR Correspondent Aarti Shahani presents her new book Here We Are: American Dreams, American Nightmares, a heartfelt memoir about the immigrant experience and coming of age in one of America’s most diverse neighborhoods. This program is presented in conjunction with the American Writers Museum’s special exhibit My America: Immigrant and Refugee Writers Today. Books will be sold and signed at the event.

Ticket Price: $12

Repatriation of Cultural Patrimony

Chinese American Museum of Chicago, Ethiopian Community Association of Chicago, Mitchell Museum of the American Indian, and National Hellenic Museum

At National Hellenic Museum | 333 South Halsted Street, Chicago, IL 60661       October 10th, 2019 | 5:00-8:00 pm

Demands for repatriation of lost cultural patrimony and stolen human remains make weekly headlines around the world. Join the Chinese American Museum of Chicago, the Ethiopian Community Association of Chicago, the Mitchell Museum of the American Indian and the National Hellenic Museum in deepening your understanding of the complexities of repatriation in this panel discussion. Experts will share the history, repercussions in the community, and current repatriation efforts in Indigenous communities of the US and Canada, China, Greece, and Ethiopia. The discussion will be accompanied by a photographic pop-up exhibit showing how the demands for the return of lost cultural treasures can unite ethnicities and nationalities.

Ticket Price: $5

Journey for Justice: Untold Filipino-American History

Filipino American Historical Society of Chicago, Jane Addams Hull-House, Chicago Public Library, Philippine American Cultural Foundation Performing Arts, UIC Global Asian Studies, & CIRCA Pintig

At Jane Addams Hull House | 800 S Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60607 
October 11th, 2019 | 5:00-8:00 pm
Suggested Donation: $5 

At Budlong Woods Branch, Chicago Public Library | 
5630 N Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL 60659 
October 12th, 2019 | 2:00-4:00 pm
Free Admission

Meet the co-author of Journey for Justice: The Life of Larry Itliong, Gayle Romasanta in this social justice driven family program. The children’s book tells the story of Larry Itliong’s lifelong fight for a farm workers union, and the birth of one of the most significant American social movements of all time. The event also includes performances from Philippine American Cultural Foundation Performing Arts and food from local Filipino-American restaurants.

Forgotten Forms

The National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture and the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art 

At Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art | 2320 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
October 11th, 2019 | 6:00-9:00 pm                                                                                   

On display until December 8th, 2019

Visit the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art for the opening reception of Forgotten Forms, a collaborative exhibition with the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture. Investigating seemingly everyday objects to reveal a much greater story about neighborhood identity, placemaking and city life, the exhibition highlights the work of two emerging artists, both of whom explore structural elements of urban landscapes. Edra Soto revisits Puerto Rico’s vernacular architecture through her GRAFT installations and architectural interventions, and Yhelena Hall touches on the history of Chicago and explores a marginal state of detritus becoming artifacts through her series Polished Remnants.

Ticket Price: $5

Cricket Mela: An Indo-American Tradition

National Indo-American Museum and Midwest Cricket Conference

At Skokie Sports Park | 3459 Oakton Street, Skokie, IL 60076
October 12th, 2019 | 11:00-4:00 pm

Join the National Indo-American Museum and the Midwest Cricket Association for an Indo-American tradition, Cricket. The Cricket Mela is an initiative from the National Indo-American Museum toward harboring diversity through a fun, family event for all to enjoy. While also enjoying a game played by professional cricket players, the event will introduce people to the rules of the game and the culture around it.

This event is free.

A Culinary Journey: How Chinese Workers Built the Railroad

Chinese American Museum of Chicago, Coalition for a Better Chinese American Community (CBCAC), Chinese American Service League (CASL), and Project Vision

At Chinese American Museum of Chicago | 238 W 23rd St, Chicago, IL 60616
October 12th, 2019 | 2:00-4:00 pm

Join the Chinese American Museum of Chicago for a journey back to how the Chinese built the railroad! In this interactive sensory program, learn about the healthy habits of Chinese workers who built the first transcontinental railroad system. Enjoy the food of the health conscious railroad workers through a cooking demonstration from Chef Don B. Lee. The food will also be paired with different types of Chinese tea. 

Ticket Price: $5

Youth Fine Art & Music Competition

Assyrian Universal Alliance Foundation
4343 W Touhy Ave, Lincolnwood, IL 60712                                                                    October 13th, 2019 | 3:00-6:00 pm 

Join Assyrian Universal Alliance Foundation for a Youth Fine Art & Music Competition. Audience members are encouraged to participate as judges! The competition will be followed by Youth Music Class Performance and a Professional Recital. Cocktails and Appetizers will be served.

Ticket Price: $10

The Perils and Purpose of Photojournalism: An Evening with Greg Constantine

Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center
9603 Woods Drive, Skokie, IL 60077
October 15th, 2019 | 6:30-8:00 pm

Documentary photographer Greg Constantine travels the globe capturing images related to human rights, injustice, and inequality. His long term project, Nowhere People, documents the plight of stateless communities around the world. In this program, Greg will present some of his most memorable encounters, examining how such photos serve as a call to action.

Free with Museum Admission

Englewood Peace Circle

Bronzeville Historical Society with Community Leaders & Activists

At Peace Park | 550 West Englewood, Chicago Il, 60621
October 17th, 2019 | 3:00- 5:00 pm

Participate in the Peace Circle gathering as volunteers and community builders activate a vacant lot in Englewood transforming it into a space for dialogue about trauma and healing. All ages are welcome to join in the drumming, libations, and appreciation of the elders, veterans, and ALL who call Englewood Home.

This event is free. 

Cazale: The Story of the Haitian-Polish Community in Haiti

Haitian American Museum of Chicago and the Polish Museum of America

At the Polish Museum of America | 984 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago IL, 60642
October 18th, 2019 | 6:00- 8:00 pm

Watch the premiere of a short documentary, produced collaboratively by the Haitian American Museum of Chicago and the Polish Museum of America, about the Cazale Massacre in Haiti. The documentary tells the story of the city of Cazale and its Haitian-Polish community’s struggle under a dictator’s reign. Hear from an expert panel featuring Haitian and Polish historians about how these events brought together the Haitian and Polish communities in a fight for independence.

Ticket Price: $5

Classical Music Meets Latin Rhythms

Dominican American Midwest Association, The Ministry of Tourism of the Dominican Republic, The Ministry of Culture of the Dominic Republic, The Nineteenth Century Charitable Association, Ramón García Medical Center, and The Puerto Rican Arts Alliance.

At Oak Park Nineteenth Century Club | 178 Forest Ave, Oak Park, IL 60301
October 18, 2019 | 7:30-9:00 pm.

Join the Dominican American Midwest Association and the Puerto Rican Arts Alliance for a fusion of classical music and Latin rhythms with internationally renowned Dominican-Pakistani violinist Aisha Syed-Castro. The performance also features Polish pianist Martin Labazevitch, with compositions honoring Dominican Rafael Solano, Argentinians Astor Piazzola and Carlos Gardel, Spanish Enrique Granados, and African-American William Grant Still. You won’t want to miss this cultural music mashup! 

Ticket Price: $45

Indigenous Dance Celebration

Trickster Art Gallery, BIBBAK Illinois, Filipino American Historical Society of Chicago, Chicago Japanese American Historical Society, Aztec Dance Chicago, and The Maori Dancers

At Trickster Art Gallery | 190 South Roselle Rd. Schaumburg, IL 60193 
October 19th, 2019 | 2:00-5:00 pm

Celebrate traditional dances and enjoy the beautiful regalia from the native communities of the Trickster Art Gallery, along with other ingenious dancers from the Filipino, Japanese, Aztec and Maori communities. The audience will be invited to participate in the fun as well!  Learn about the contemporary uses of the dances and the historical significance of their traditional clothing.

Ticket Price: $5

Words, Poems, and Music of Resilience 

Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center and Muslim American Leadership Alliance

At Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center | 4048 W. Armitage Ave., Chicago, IL 60639
October 25th, 2019 | 7:00-10:00 pm

Participate in an Open Mic Night with Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center and the Muslim American Leadership Alliance. Performances will promote tolerance, cultural understanding, equality and justice through the lens of the Afro-Puerto Rican and Muslim American communities’ history and diversity. The lineup of performers featured will include poetry, spoken word, song, music, comedy, and readings. Anyone is welcome to take the stage and join in the celebration of diversity and cultural heritage by signing up in advance. 

Ticket Price: $10

Drumming For Resistance

American Indian Center, HANA Center, and Japanese American Service Committee

At American Indian Center | 3401 W Ainslie Street Chicago, IL 60625
October 26th, 2019 | 5:00-8:00 pm

Join the American Indian Center, HANA Center and the Japanese Service Committee for a cultural dinner and drum performance. The evening kicks off with food from the American Indian, Korean and Japanese communities and a short presentation about the importance of drums within the respective cultural communities.  After dinner, all three groups will showcase their own cultural drum performance, ending with a collaborative drum piece that combines all three drum styles with audience participation.

Ticket Price: $10

D-Day Warriors: American Indians in the Military

Trickster Art Gallery and The Field Museum

At Field Museum, 1400 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60605
on Display until Feb 2, 2020 | Tuesday-Sunday 9:00 am-5:00 pm

D-Day Warriors honors Native soldiers who served during World War II and throughout U.S. history. The exhibition follows the story of Charles Shay, a young medic who served as one of 500 American Indian soldiers at the D-Day invasion. Through photography, historical accounts and video interviews, get a personal look at Shay’s experience and gain a broader understanding of American Indian’s service in the military, past and present.

Included with Museum Admission

See photos from Inherit Chicago 2017!

All photos by Lydia Hoover for the Chicago Cultural Alliance.

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