Steven Page, former frontman of Barenaked Ladies and now a solo artist, will headline this year's Greater Chicago Jewish Festival on Sunday, June 10, from 11am to 6pm at St. Paul Woods, Oakton (8000 N) and Lehigh (6500 W) in Morton Grove. The rain location is a few blocks east at Niles West HS, 5701 W. Oakton in Skokie; both locations have plenty of free and accessible parking. Admission is $5, children are free.
The Festival, an outdoor celebration highlighting local and national Jewish talent, will feature continuous music and dance on three stages plus a separate children's stage, hands-on activities for children and adults, a juried art fair, a kosher food court plus cooking demonstrations by Spertus chef Laura Frankel and others and booths from more than 80 co-sponsoring Jewish organizations, all reflecting the community's interests and diversity.
The Festival has something for everyone-cultural, religious or secular Jews; teens and adults, children and seniors; families, singles and groups of friends or families; those interested in any part of Jewish life or just want to spend a lively day.
Past Festival favorites such as Stuart Rosenberg and Ruby Harris, will join newcomers Soul Aviv and Blue Fringe while local artists and others from across the country and around the world exhibit their creative Jewish art. The festival will offer a diverse selection of kosher food such as falafel, pizza, ice cream, hamburgers, and hotdogs from local vendors.
The largest Jewish cultural event in the Chicago area and one of the largest in the country, previous Festivals have attracted over 40,000 people of all ages and backgrounds.
"The Festival provides an opportunity for our community to come together to celebrate Jewish culture rather than the crises which punctuate our lives," said Michael Lorge, the Festival's founder and executive director.
The Festival is produced by the Jewish POCET, an all-volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to creating quality events for the Chicago Jewish community.