Add some culture and fun to your life by bringing the family to the African Festival of the Arts Chicago in Washington Park September 4-7, and stay at the nearby and affordable Chicago Lake Shore Hotel! The African Festival of the Arts Chicago offers a simulated African village featuring interactive activities, drumming, collectible artifacts, colorful hand woven fabrics and textiles, and special activities for children and seniors! Enjoy the Bank of the Nile Food Court featuring jerk chicken, goat meat, fish, and many spicy dishes! Soul food and Cajun dishes will also be available. Enjoy the music of Joan Callaso, K’Jon, and Jeffery Osbourne. The World Stage presents dance, theater, puppetry and magic, as well as African World Music. Enjoy stunning original art in the Festival Gallery! The Children’s and Family Pavilion will feature games, drumming, crafts and much more. At the African Spiritual Pavilion, visitors can take yoga classes and meet with nutritionists and herbalists. There will be meditation sessions and conversations with African priests. The African Festival of the Arts Chicago is located at Washington Park, 5100 South Cottage Grove Avenue. 10am-10pm daily. For tickets and more information, go to www.aihusa.org and follow the prompts. Make your African Festival of the Arts Chicago experience more enjoyable by staying at the Chicago Lake Shore Hotel, in historic Hyde Park. Chicago Lake Shore offers free shuttle bus service to and from the Loop area and is close to bus and train services. The Lake Shore Café offers breakfast, lunch and dinner. AND Jazz and seafood buffet (non-seafood items available) Friday nights.