4 Days of international music, food, sports, shopping & more Chicago Marriott @Medical District/UIC Official Festival Hotel

CHICAGO (June 12, 2014) –  Live international music on three stages, a 3v3 Soccer competition, a food court with an international flavor and a marketplace filled with cultural items are some of what you can expect at the 2014 International Festival of Life.  Returning to Union Park for the July 4th weekend, the 4-day festival will showcase the cultures of Africa, the Caribbean, Central and South America, and Mexico.  

You’ll need a passport for this musical journey.  Headlining opening day Thursday, July 3rd, is Latin Mambo king Tito Puente, Jr., the Brazilian carnival sounds of Chicago Samba and the Mexican band, Forever Musical.  R&B legends The Manhattans and Reggae Ambassadors Third World featuring A.J. Brown rock it out on the 4th of July.  Also on Independence Day, a procession of the independent nations of the Caribbean, Africa, Central and South America, and Mexico promenade in their colors in order of independence.  World music reigns on Saturday, July 5th with St. Vincent’s own Calypso star Kevin Lyttle, Haitian artist T-Mickey, Belize puntarama from Supa-G, Israel’s leading World-Reggae band, Zvuloon Dub System, and the music of Ethiopia and Brazil.  Closing it out on Sunday, July 6 are Reggae superstars Luciano and Romain Virgo and R&B crooner Glenn Jones.  For a complete schedule of performers, go to

For the first time, sports will be a part of the family-focused event.  There will be a four day 3v3 Soccer tournament with teams competing for the Festival of Life Cup, and a cash prize.  Congo drumming, cultural dances, domino games, a hot El Salvadorian swimwear fashion show, talent contests for all ages and more will be featured.

The Festival of Life takes place from 4 to 10 pm Thursday, July 3 and from 12 pm – 10 pm Friday thru Sunday, July 4 -6 in Union Park, 1501 W. Randolph St.  in Chicago’s trendy West Loop. Get tickets now at
http://www., or go to  Advance tickets are $15/$20 at the gate.  $5 children 6-11; free to children under 6.  Weekend passes are $55.00.  For more information, call 312-427-0266.  

 Participating sponsors are NBC5 Chicago, The Chicago Park District, American Family Insurance, Bellaforma Wine, A.I.K. Solar, Rogers Park Fruit Market, LaFruteria, Inc, Rasta Love Punch, Republic of Haiti, and CCHHS County Care, African Spectrum, Urban Grind TV, WSRB FM/Soul 106.3 FM, WVON AM and Breezy Radio. The Chicago Marriott @Medical District/UIC is the official hotel of the Festival of Life.

 The International Festival of Life is committed to “Bringing Nations Together” and “Living Together as One.”  It is dedicated to Health Awareness.  

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