Chicago Japanese Matsuri - Annual Japanese summer festival in the heart of Chicago

  Neighborhood Festivals

Come join us at the Chicago Japanese Matsuri hosted by Kizuki Ramen & Izakaya and Japanese Culture Center - 日本文化会館

Enjoy the kickoff of our annual Japanese summer festival in the heart of Chicago where you can experience authentic Japanese festival foods, cultural performances of Taiko drumming, Shodo/large scale calligraphy, Traditional Martial Arts, Sumi-e ink painting, Cosplay Contests and so much more! Interactive Japanese cultural booths will be throughout the festival featuring origami, games, arts, fashion, handwritten calligraphy requests, photo booths, and beyond!

The festival will take place in the NewCity plaza located in the heart of Lincoln Park on Saturday, September 29th and 30th, 2018 from 11:00 AM – 05:00 PM.

NEWCITY is conveniently located next to the Red Line North/Clybourn stop with an attached parking garage.

All of the festival foods will be prepared by chef Kevin Yu and his team from Kizuki Ramen & Izakaya which means true Japanese culinary authenticity and deliciousness! The festival foods will include Takoyaki, Chicken Karaage, Potato Croquette, Okonomiyaki and many classic authentic Japanese festival foods. It will be a wonderful culinary treat for you and your family to remember for a long time!

The festival arts and performances are lead by the Japanese Culture Center and will include performances of Taiko drumming (maybe shamisen as well TBA), Shurikenjutsu, Indigo Dyeing and Mokume Shibori, Karate, Sumi-e, Aikido, Iaido, Large Scale Shodo Calligraphy, Ikebana flower arrangement, and much more!

Where is the festival located?

The Chicago Japanese Matsuri takes place in the NEWCITY between N Halsted ave and N Clybourn ave with the main entrances on the N Clybourn ave. The matsuri is conveniently located just off the North/Clybourn CTA Red line and #20 and #40 buses. The Newcity plaza also has an indoor parking garage attached to it.


 Published date:

June 19, 2018





 City area:

NewCity Lincoln Park


1457 N Halsted St, Chicago, Illinois 60642




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