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The Festival of Life

Bring the family to the Festival of Life in Chicago’s Union Park July 6-8 and stay at the nearby and affordable Chicago Lake Shore Hotel in historic Hyde Park!

The Festival of Life is simply spectacular. It’s a place for family picnics, tons of music and food, arts and crafts, games, and special events for the kids! Celebrate African/Caribbean culture! Reggae, Calypso, Soca, R & B, Gospel, African, Jazz, Blues, World Beat, High Life, Salsa, Merengue, Reggaeton and other Caribbean and Latin talents, as well as international dancers.

Spice, the Jamaican dancehall queen, who is also on the Love and Hip Hop- Atlanta sitcom, has been added to the 26th Annual African/Caribbean International Festival of Life (IFOL). 2018 is dedicated to “TheReggae50”, 50 years of Reggae music from 1968/ 69 to 2018. Also, saluting Chicago’s founding father, Jean Baptiste Pointe DuSable Bicentennial. Spice will join Capleton and the Prophecy Band; the former President of Haiti and Haitian top entertainer, Sweet  Micky and some fifty other world music acts.

Union Park is located at 1501 West Randolph Street. To purchase tickets for The Festival of Life, go online to and follow the prompts. Children under 12 are admitted free.

Make your Festival of Life 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.