This spring take full advantage of this city's famous wind at
the 14th annual Chicago's Kids and Kites Festival. Grab those kites
your family has been unable to use all winter and head to Cricket
Hill near Montrose Harbor in Lincoln Park for a day of family
Not sure where you stored the kids' kites? No worries. Free
paper kite kits will be available at the festival, giving your
child the chance to make, decorate and fly their own one-of-a-kind
kites. It's a great opportunity to illustrate how a simple paper
bag can become aerodynamic when shaped the right way. Kites will
also be available for purchase at the on-site kite store.
"After what can often be a long winter, it's nice to have a fun,
free activity that is outdoors, (and) that brings all kinds of
people together and all generations," says spokesperson Cindy
Gatziolis. "It's free, it's fun and it's something everyone can
Once you have a kite, professional kite flyers will help with
techniques and tips. The professionals will also fly large-scale
kites sure to impress young and old.
If the wind dies down, take a break from kite flying and explore
all of the other family-focused entertainment available. In the
past, entertainment has included roving entertainers, a craft tent
and face painting. Food will be provided by Robinson's Ribs and
available for purchase near the festivities.
Chicago's Kids and Kites Festival will take place 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
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