March 14, 2017

Up, Up and Away at the Chicago Kids and Kites Festival

19th annual festival in Lincoln Park/Montrose Harbor on May 6 will feature the Windjammers Kite Team and provide free kite kits to build and decorate

Mary May, 312.744.0576

Christine Carrino, 312.744.0573

A favorite family event and a harbinger of springtime in Chicago, the 19th Annual Chicago Kids and Kites Festival presented by COUNTRY Financial returns to Cricket Hill in Lincoln Park (Montrose and Wilson) on Saturday, May 6, from 10am to 4pm. Admission is FREE.

New this year, the Windjammers International Kite Team will thrill the crowd with their synchronized kite flying maneuvers, and once again, the City of Chicago will provide kite kits for children to build, decorate and fly, while supplies last.

One of the highlights of the festival is the Big Kite Candy Drop – a piñata-like kite filled with candies that drop from the sky – will take place in the afternoon, weather permitting. Other activities include face painting, balloon artists and crafts.

Chicago Kite will be onsite for kite buyers, and professional kite flyers will demonstrate their skills with oversized and uniquely-shaped kites.

The 19th Annual Chicago Kids and Kites Festival is presented by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and COUNTRY Financial and sponsored in part by 93.9MYfm, Chicago Transit Authority, Chicago Tribune, CLIF Kid, The Boeing Company and Whole Foods Markets. For more information, visit and join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@ChicagoDCASE).


Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events

The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is dedicated to enriching Chicago’s artistic vitality and cultural vibrancy. This includes fostering the development of Chicago’s non-profit arts sector, independent working artists and for-profit arts businesses; providing a framework to guide the City’s future cultural and economic growth, via the 2012 Chicago Cultural Plan; marketing the City’s cultural assets to a worldwide audience; and presenting high-quality, free and affordable cultural programs for residents and visitors. For more information, visit


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