CHICAGO HEIGHTS | The intersection of 10th Street and Chicago Road was packed in early September as residents and visitors took part in one of the biggest festivals in Chicago Heights history.
The second annual Sister Cities Festival brought out droves of families, providing a fun opportunity to learn about the cultures of Chicago Heights’ four sister cities: Wadowice, Poland; Asuogyaman District, Ghana, West Africa; Cendral, San Luis Potosi, Mexico; and San Benedetto del Tronto, Marche, Italy.
Residents did more than get out of the sun when they entered the main tent. The craft tables were packed throughout the weekend of Sept. 7 as about 500 kids worked on fans, masks and paper folding projects representative of the sister cities. Attendees also spoke with knowledgeable volunteers who were eager to talk about the traditions and history of each city.
Mayor David Gonzalez was pleased with the turnout, and said he was happy to see so many young people talking about the many cultures that come together in Chicago Heights.
“This was an opportunity for people to experience everything that makes our city special,” Gonzalez said. “I was glad to see so many families come out and learn more about our sister cities. Our Special Events Committee put a lot of work and planning into this, and it really paid off.”
Two major events of the weekend were the bean bag tournament on Saturday and the Outfit Car Club Car Show on Sunday. Both events saw plenty of local participants.
Attendees also got to see a wide range of performances, from Polish dancers to recording artist MC Magic. Also taking the stage was the Bloom Township High School District 206 band and choir, as well as the School District 170 band.