National Latin American Festival
Riis Park becomes an international celebration during the National Latin American Festival. Consulates, tourist bureaus, and cultural organizations from South America, Central America, and the Caribbean are all invited to the three-day party, which kicks off with a grand opening ceremony. Once there, dignitaries and guests can taste from a continent-spanning lineup of food vendors, take in a beauty pageant, and catch some of the finest Latin American musical acts the Western Hemisphere has to offer. There's Fulanito, a Dominican-American group that mashes up house and merengue music; Chicago's own Escuela de Rancho, a norteño quintet who all share singing duties; and Leslie Grace, whose bilingual, honey-sweet cover of "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow" shot up the charts last year.