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The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events presents FREE cultural programs year round weekdays at Noon at the Daley Civic Center.
The Daley Center is located at 50 W. Washington Street, Chicago, IL 60602
Performances begin @ 12 Noon (schedule is subject to change)
Thursday, May 2
2013 Law Week Celebration
Annual celebration of Law Week: Realizing the Dream. Speeches given by Association members and music will be provided by the Chicago Bar Association Symphony, which is made up entirely of attorneys.
Tuesday, May 7- Wednesday, May 8
Celebration of World Fair Trade Day 9am–6pm
Karen Weigert, Chief Sustainability Officer, Representatives from South African Consulates and Chicago Fair Trade will highlight Chicago’s connection to producers around the world and offer opportunities for attendees to learn about ethical sourcing of products that ensures sustainable lifestyles for people around the world. For more information visit chicagofairtrade.org
Thursday, May 9
Romanian /Independence Day
Romanian folk dances and music proceeded by a brief history of the importance of May 10th for the Romanian people.
Friday, May 10
Croatian American Day 10am–3pm
Traditional Croatian folk songs and dances performed by various Chicago Croatian Folk Ensembles.
Monday, May 13
Feel the Heat We’ve Got the Beat, a group of 4–6th Grade students perform original drum songs, influenced by Japanese, African and Afro-Caribbean drumming.
Tuesday, May 14
National Steppers Society
Join the National Steppers Society for a lunchtime stepper’s party.
Wednesday, May 15
Clerk of Circuit Court of Cook County – Heart Health
Put on your dancing shoes, line dancing with instructor Frieda Smith and the Fre2Dance Line dancers!
Thursday, May 16
Farmer’s Market Kick-Off 11am–1pm
The Chicago Farmers Market at Daley Plaza opens for the season at 7am until 3pm. Enjoy a brief program at 11am when COUNTRY Financial and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events reveal the winner of the 6th Annual Reusable Bag Design Contest. The year’s artistic theme is “Sprouts in the City” and the winning design will appear on 10,000 bags distributed throughout the season. For more information, call the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events at 312.744.3316 TTY: 312.744.2964 or visit website: chicagofarmersmarkets.us
Friday, May 17
Asian Heritage/Hepatitis Awareness Day
Asian Heritage Month Celebration and Hepatitis B Awareness Day to increase public awareness on hepatitis. Speeches, music performance and Chinese lion and dragon dance.
Tuesday, May 21
Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Celebration
In celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, the Chinese Fine Arts Society presents an afternoon of Chinese dance, music and martial arts performances.
Wednesday, May 22-Thursday, May 23
ALS Association Greater Chicago
Come to Daley Plaza to experience The ALS Association Greater Chicago Chapter’s CURE 90/90 Exhibit. Walk through the sunflower filled Pathway of Hope which is a unique combination of emotionally moving black and white photography, original artwork and an interactive memorial wall. Rat Pack Virtuoso sings at Plaza Plaza. Noontime performance May 22 by Jane Bunnel’s, an Opera Tribute to ALS and noon time performance May 23 by Micheal Hutchins, sings Sinatra.
Saturday, May 25
Chicago Memorial Day Wreath Laying Ceremony and Parade
The Wreath Laying Ceremony will begin at 11am at the Eternal Flame on Daley Plaza in Chicago. The parade will step off at noon and proceed south on State Street from Lake Street to Van Buren Street.
Tuesday, May 28
Asian American Heritage Celebration
Join the Clerk of the Circuit Court to celebrate Asian American Heritage Month with a display of various cultural heritages and performances.
Amazing Croatia May 2–10
The Consulate General of Croatia showcases photograph exhibit by Marko Vrdoljak
Memorial Day Solider Exhibit May 13–25