* First Cultural Exchange event ever at Pioneer Court in Chicago's History *
Chicago Turkish Festival celebrated its 11th year between May 31 - June 1, 2013 . For the first time since inception, this increasingly popular festival was held at Pioneer Court , one of downtown Chicago's busiest landmark locations along the lively Magnificent Mile, right between the NBC and Tribune Towers and Chicago River, at 401 N. Michigan Avenue.
Despite the terrible rain and bad weather the festival was open to general public free of charge from 10 AM to 9 PM CST on both days with a great success. Tens of thousands Chicagoans and tourists visited the tents displaying Turkish culture and heritage and watched the live noon and evening performances taking place on the Pioneer Court stage.
* Opening Gala * Fundraising for Mitochondrial Disease * Silent Auction * Dinner * Entertainment *
To celebrate the opening of the 11th Annual Chicago Turkish Festival and raise funds for the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation, the Festival held a private black tie optional outdoor Opening Gala at Pioneer Court on the evening of Thursday, May 30th at 7:00pm . A limited number of tickets for this event were available to purchase through this web site and a silent auction including a vacation package with business class Turkish Airlines tickets and a week long stay in Cappadocia, was held to benefit Mitochondrial Disease research.
This 2013 Festival once again featured demonstrations of art, dance, music and gourmet food, where Chicagoans had the opportunity to celebrate, learn, and savor Turkish hospitality, culture, heritage and cuisine.
Without leaving the comfort of Pioneer Court , visitors experienced various regions of Turkey together with the participants from Turkey and Turkish-Americans living in the culturally diverse community of Chicago. Guests were able to browse and buy Turkish products, souvenirs and handicrafts, find travel information, participate in activities for children, view many authentic demonstrations and performances, sample Turkish cuisine, and do much, much more at the Festival.There were over 30 festival booths at the Pioneer Court , and visitors were able to:
Forever Marilyn statue at Pioneer Court