African/Caribbean International Festival of Life | Music Sidebar | Chicago Reader

Music » Music Sidebar

African/Caribbean International Festival of Life

Marquee acts include Shaggy, Angela Winbush, Gramps Morgan, Admiral Bailey, and Alison Hinds.


Sign up for our newsletters Subscribe


The 18th annual African/Caribbean International Festival of Life, held in Washington Park (55th and Cottage Grove) from Fri 7/2 through Mon 7/5, features two stages of hip-hop, reggae, soul, gospel, calypso, soca, and more. The festival's big names play the International Stage, among them R & B songstress Angela Winbush, English-born Barbadian soca artist Alison Hinds, Jamaican dancehall deejay Admiral Bailey, Tobagonian singer Calypso Rose, Gramps Morgan of Morgan Heritage, and reggae star Shaggy, the man responsible for the 1995 hit single "Boombastic," which has been seared into my brain for 15 years. The festival's many other attractions include a slew of vendors selling international food, arts, and crafts. Hours are noon to 10 PM each day; admission per day is $10 before 5 PM ($15 after) for adults, $5 for seniors and kids under 12, and free for kids under six. Four-day passes cost $30. Advance tickets are available through the festival's website. For more info, call 312-427-0266 or visit

Support Independent Chicago Journalism: Join the Reader Revolution

We speak Chicago to Chicagoans, but we couldn’t do it without your help. Every dollar you give helps us continue to explore and report on the diverse happenings of our city. Our reporters scour Chicago in search of what’s new, what’s now, and what’s next. Stay connected to our city’s pulse by joining the Reader Revolution.

Are you in?

  Reader Revolutionary $35/month →  
  Rabble Rouser $25/month →  
  Reader Radical $15/month →  
  Reader Rebel  $5/month  → 

Not ready to commit? Send us what you can!

 One-time donation  → 

Comments (4)

Showing 1-4 of 4

Add a comment

Add a comment