EXPERIENCE THE CULTURES OF THE WORLD AT INTERNATIONAL FEST 2012
Saturday, June 23, 2012, 11am–6pm, at the Korean Cultural Center, 9930 S. Capitol Drive
WHEELING, IL (JUNE 23, 2012) – Experience the cultures of the world at International Fest 2012 on Saturday June 23rd, from 11am–6pm, on the beautiful campus of the Korean Cultural Center (9930 S. Capitol Drive, Wheeling). The free event offers attendees a full day of global entertainment through traditional food, drink, entertainment, and goods from dozens of cultures.
The Korean Cultural Center of Chicago (KCCoC), in collaboration with the Wheeling/Prospect Heights Area Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Village of Wheeling, and the Wheeling Park District, invite the public to enjoy global entertainment and family fun.
This family-focused event will feature over 30 vendors, a dining area, an entertainment stage with plenty of room for sitting or dancing, a kids’ zone with a bouncy house, train rides, pony rides, a petting zoo, a face painter, a henna tattoo artist, and more, as well as a designated “21 and older” section, to taste wine, beer and spirits from around the world. The entertainment lineup will present a variety of cultural performances from dance troupes, musicians, singers, and more.
The outdoor-tented event will also commemorate the first anniversary of the Korean Cultural Center of Chicago. “We are honored to host this exciting event that will showcase our campus and our unique cultural offerings to all guests and attendees,” said Younghee Kang, the President of the KCCoC. “We look forward to working with the entire community to promote the celebration and sharing of the rich cultural diversity that we enjoy here.” All proceeds from the Fest will benefit the KCCoC and the Chamber of Commerce.
Attendees can look forward to sampling Italian bites from Wa-Pa-Ghettis Pizza, Tuscany, and Go Roma, Korean food and beverages from the Korean Cultural Center of Chicago, Cantonese and Szechwan food from Golden Chef, Polish food from Krystyna’s Deli, seafood from Bob Chinn’s Crab House, French food from Crepe Shack, American favorites from Hangar 21 and Sullivan’s Steakhouse, wood-fired barbeque from Real Urban Barbeque, Italian ice, French beignets, Bavarian pretzels, roasted sweet corn and fresh squeezed lemonade from Tasty Vending, sweets from Cookies by Joey and Depidy Dawg Ice Cream, and so much more!
The “21 and older” spirits area will include German, Czech, and Italian beer from Town & Country Distributors, Japanese, Spanish, and German beer from Skokie Valley Beverage Company, American craft brews from The Ram Restaurant & Brewery, Korean beer, rice wine, and soju cocktail, American and Italian wines from Edwardo’s Natural Pizza, and the World Famous Mai Tai and Tropical Passions from Bob Chinn’s Premium Beverage.
Many local businesses will be exhibiting their goods and services including Ad-Venture Hobbies, Alexander Graham Bell Montessori School, Indian Trails Public Library, Bill Stasek Chevrolet, Chiro One Wellness Centers, North Star Jewelry & Loan, National Louis University, A2B Board Shop
and Wheeling High School, to name a few. Additionally, the Westin Chicago North Shore and the Hilton Chicago Northbrook will be raffling away gift certificates for overnight stay packages, as well as other great prizes from Saranello’s Ristorante Italiano and Best Buy.
A special thanks to the very generous sponsors who have helped make this public event possible: Hyundai USA, Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, Daily Herald, Journal and Topics, MB Financial, Tiffani Kim Institute, BBCN Bank, CJ Foods America, Strictly Fun, Renaissance Medical and Cosmetic, Waste Management, ASSI Plaza, Advanced Plastics, Chicago Executive Airport, Signature Flight Support. Candlewood Suites Wheeling and Super 8 Prospect Heights are offering discounted rates and special packaging for the occasion.
For more information on International Fest 2012, please visit www.WheelingEvents.net, or call 847.432.6000. The tented event will be held rain or shine. Entry to the Fest and live entertainment are free to the public. Food and merchandise are available for purchase.
Please be aware of construction detours on Palatine and Wolf Roads. Although northbound Wolf will be open during the event, it will be reduced to one lane. We advise all attendees to enter the Fest from the north on Wolf Road. For construction updates please visit: www.dot.state.il.us/road/ncook.htm. For construction project questions please visit: www.dot.state.il.us/contact.html.
About the Village of Wheeling
Voted by Family Circle as one of the top places in the United States to raise a family, Wheeling is a dynamic community of 40,000 people, distinguished by its unique balance of industry, commercial development, and residential neighborhoods. Wheeling is known regionally and nationally as the home of “Restaurant Row,” as well as for being home to top-notch grocery stores, shopping centers, health care facilities, places of worship, and award-winning public schools. Wheeling Park District and Cook County Forest Preserve facilities provide unmatched opportunities for recreation and for restorative contact with the natural world.
Wheeling boasts a wide selection of housing options to serve the needs of potential residents, including world-class luxury condominiums, affordable rental properties in a variety of sizes, and single-family homes on tree-lined streets. Located 26 miles northwest of the Loop, commuters benefit from easy access to Interstate 294, as well as from weekday Metra rail service on the North Central Line via the Wheeling Metra Station. For more information about the Village of Wheeling, please visit www.wheelingil.gov.
About the Korean Cultural Center of Chicago
The Korean Cultural Center of Chicago celebrates the road to discovery and helps preservation of Korean immigrants’ history and cultural legacies in the United States. They do this through not-for-profit educational and charity events. The KCCoC is located at 9930 S. Capitol Drive, Wheeling, IL 60090. They are open on weekdays from 9am–5pm, Saturday from 11am–4pm, and closed Sundays. For more information, please visit www.kccoc.org or call 847.947.4460.