According to the Chicago Korean American Chamber of Commerce, there are about 100,000 Koreans living in the Chicago area. In celebration of the city’s large Korean influence, the Chicago Korean Festival returns this Saturday and Sunday (8/13-8/14) on Bryn Mawr between Kimball and Kedzie.
The 16th edition of the annual gathering runs from noon till 10:30 PM each day and includes cultural activities and demonstrations on two stages in Albany Park, a neighborhood where approximately 45 percent of businesses are Korean-owned. Demonstrations range from traditional Korean dance and cooking to tae kwon do and ssirreum, a native form of wrestling. Attendees can also participate in the annual 5K or a B-boy break-dancing battle, as well as sample offerings from restaurants like Woo Lae Oak and Woori Village. Memo.Fx, the Hemmingbirds, and Parts Per Million are a few of the bands providing musical entertainment throughout the weekend.
Festival chairman Brandon Yu of the Chicago Korean American Chamber of Commerce anticipates thousands in attendance. Admission is a $5 suggested donation.