Free Chicago Kids and Kites Festival.
When: Saturday, May 6, 2017, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: Cricket Hill in Lincoln Park, W. Montrose Drive, (312) 744-3316 Location here. Near the intersection of Lake Shore Drive and Montrose Ave. Admission:Free
What is it
Chicago Kids and Kites Festival is a fun-filled day to celebrate the joys of being a kid. From running around outdoors, flying paper kites and enjoying family-focused programming including face painting, balloon artists and crafts. Free kites and all crafts activities are while supplies last so arrive early.
Families will also be able to purchase kites onsite at the Kite Harbor booth and enjoy professional kite flying demonstrations and learn tips on how to fly a kite.
One of the highlights of the festival is the Big Kite Candy Drop – a piñata-like kite filled with candies that drop from the sky – will take place in the afternoon, weather permitting.
Kite Harbor will be onsite for kite buyers and professional kite flyers will demonstrate their skills with oversized and uniquely-shaped kites.
Subject to weather
About Cricket Hill
How did a 40 foot high hill arise in Lincoln Park. In 1948 politicians at the Chicago Park District decided to build it using dirt that had been excavated by a contractor in the construction of a tunnel. It was created, park board President James H. Gately said at the time, so children would have a place to sled in winter.
There was once a cricket field just to the west of the hill that gave it its name but is now gone and replaced by four regulation soccer fields with permanently anchored goals.
If you look at the map above you’ll see “The Magic Hedge” which is part of the Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary and is a well known location for birding during spring and fall migratory season. It was originally an area that the Park District never bothered to maintain or mow and became popular with birds passing through Chicago. Because this part of the park juts out into the lake it’s a logical place for tired birds to land.