Come celebrate Lithuanian Independence with Navy Pier this Sunday, March 10 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Crystal Gardens! Yes, it’s time for another Sunday full of Neighborhoods of the World festivities and we’ve got all the reason to celebrate here in Chicago!
Believe it or not, our city possesses the largest Lithuanian community outside of Lithuania, hence our nickname, “Little Lithuania.” So whether you know a little or a lot about Lithuanian culture, you should come out and join us as we witness exciting Lithuanian traditions unfolding right here at Navy Pier!
Our Lithuanian Independence celebration will kick off with traditional folk music, singing, and dancing. See the amazing Ugnele Folk Dance Ensemble from Vilinius, Lithuania perform; get a sneak peek here! Enjoy additional performances by the Indianapolis-based Biru Bar Folk Music Ensemble, Dainava Chorale, Svajone Children’s Choir, Grandis Folk Dance Ensemble, and more!
After watching all of the traditional performances, make sure you stop to check out the traditional souvenirs and gifts from the Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture, located in Chicago’s West Lawn neighborhood and home of the largest collection on Lithuanian artifacts outside of Lithuania, and Lietuvélé. The Lietuvélé shop has proudly been making and selling authentic Lithuanian goods and gifts for the city of Chicago for seven years!
Take a break from singing, dancing, and shopping with classic, delicious Lithuanian dishes by Grand Duke’s Restaurant, home to a truly famous menu of combination platters, which serve anywhere from single guests to groups of six and larger authentic Lithuanian cuisine with a twist.
Navy Pier’s Neighborhoods of the world is every Sunday through April 17 at the Crystal Gardens. You can’t beat free admission and fun for all ages so why not bring your family by and learn more about Chicago’s many different ethnic groups! For more information on future Sundays, check out our website!