Tuesday, April 03, 2012

NATO SPONSORING CHICAGO KIDS & KITES FESTIVAL 14th Annual Event in Lincoln Park, Saturday, May 19

14th Annual Event in Lincoln Park, Saturday, May 19 2012
As part of the public activities to mark the NATO Chicago Summit, NATO is partnering with the City of Chicago to present the 14th Annual Kids & Kites Festival on Saturday, May 19 at Cricket Hill in Lincoln Park. 
NATO is providing 5,000 kite kits for children as well as pictures of flags and fun facts about representative countries to help inspire children as they decorate their kites. 
In addition, the festival will also feature a workshop on the history and tradition of Afghan fighter kites.
Chicago Kite, a Chicago-based retailer that specializes in kites, will sell kites, give tips and advice on how to fly kites and its professional flyers will demonstrate their skills with oversized and amusingly shaped kites. 
Also, the Big Kite Candy Drop will take place during the afternoon, weather permitting.
Other activities include painting a kite-shaped refrigerator magnet, face-painters and balloon artists. Brookfield Zoo will be on site with a traveling version of the zoo’s Bug Exhibit.
Kids & Kites festival will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Cricket Hill, near the intersection of Lake Shore Drive and Montrose Ave.
The Chicago Kids & Kites Festival is presented by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and sponsored by The Boeing Company, Brookfield Zoo, Whole Foods and 93.9 Lite FM.  For more information, visit www.chicagokidsandkites.us.
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The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is dedicated to promoting and supporting Chicago’s arts and culture sector. This includes, but is not limited to: fostering the development of Chicago’s nonprofit arts sector, independent working artists, and for-profit arts businesses; presenting high-quality, free or low-fee cultural programs accessible to residents and visitors; and marketing the City’s cultural assets to local, regional, and global audiences. DCASE produces nearly 2,000 public programs, events and support services annually, generating millions in economic benefits for the City of Chicago.

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