Experience art, music, dance, and the cuisine of Turkey at the free Chicago Turkish Festival.
When: August 24-27, 2016, 10AM-6Pm Daily.
Where: Daley Civic Center, 50 W. Washington (Corner of Washington and Dearborn Streets).
Performances will start at 12:00pm daily except on Wednesday, Aug 24, the Opening Ceremony will be held at 2:00 pm. Stage Performances at 12:00-2:30pm daily.
The festival features demonstrations of art, dance, music and much more, where Chicagoans will get the opportunity to experience, learn and savor Turkish hospitality, culture, heritage and cuisine.
Guests will be able to browse through and buy Turkish products, souvenirs, art and handicrafts, find travel information, participate in activities for children, view many authentic demonstrations and performances, sample Turkish cuisine, and much more…
Arriving at the Daley Plaza, visitors will:
- Enter the Plaza through the doors of a traditional Safranbolu House and enjoy the Land of Civilizations Exhibit reflecting the history of Anatolia and the Turkish Republic;
- Walk through the sights and sounds from different regions of Turkey
- Enjoy live midday and evening shows of marching Ottoman Military Band, memorable Turkish Folk Dance performances, Whirling Dervishes, traditional and modern Fashion Show of Turkish couture and textiles, and authentic Turkish classical and folk music concert;
- Watch the artistic demonstrations of paper marbling, calligraphy, illuminations, copper and ceramic art, carpet weaving, silver filigree, and more;
- Shop for handmade arts and crafts from Aegean region, Kutahya ceramics, Cappadocia ceramics and pottery, Turkish rugs, throws, bags, decorative pillows, glassware, traditional jewelry, handicrafts, and more;
- Enjoy Ottoman Turkish cuisine including Turkish style grilled kabobs, doner sandwiches, vegetable and meat dishes, desserts including baklava at restaurant booths; shop for Turkish apricots, hazelnuts, figs at Best Turkish Food stand; taste Turkish beer at or EFES Beer Garden, and much more;
- Taste other popular Turkish culinary delights such as Turkish style bagel (simit); have a slice of world-famous MADO’s unique Kahramanmaras orchid ice cream which once again we expect to serve hundreds of gallons; or sip a cup of Kurukahveci Mehmet Efendi’s Turkish coffee of which thousands are served throughout the Festival;
- Kids activities include the Turkish shadow theater, face painting and games.
The event will be broadcast on a number of US and Turkish channels, introducing Turkey and its culture to millions of American viewers.