Steven Page, former frontman of Barenaked Ladies but now a popular musician on his own, will headline this year's Greater Chicago Jewish Festival www.JewishFestival.org. The Festival, the heart and soul of Jewish Chicago, is Sunday, June 10, 2012 from 11am to 6pm at St. Paul Woods, on Oakton (8000 N) just west of 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 admitted 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 (following Jewish dietary laws) food court plus cooking demonstrations by innovative kosher 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.
A diverse selection of kosher food such as falafel, pizza, ice cream, hamburgers, hot dogs and more from local vendors will provide the necessary physical nourishment.
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," commented Michael Lorge of Skokie, 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.