When was the last time you traveled overseas to explore an exotic, faraway land? This fall, you can travel around the world without having to pack your suitcase or hop aboard an airplane. Over 30 cultural institutions are banding together to bring the world to Chicago's doorstep via Inherit Chicago, the city’s first intercultural festival. 


From music to dance to dumplings . . . there's an event that will connect you to new cultures via taste, sound, touch and conversation. Here are a few that must-attend events at this year's brand new Inherit Chicago festival.
 

World Dumpling Fest: The Official Kickoff Event for Inherit Chicago

Millennium Park, Chase Promenade
Michigan Avenue between Randolph and Monroe
Saturday, October 7 at 11 a.m.
Admission: FREE

The Chow Brothers
Everybody loves dumplings! The World Dumpling Fest kicks off with the ultimate street-food fiesta, bringing together the best ethnic restaurants, cultural performances from Kreyol Roots, the Lion Dancers and more, and heritage-based artisans selling original crafts and artwork. This all-ages event is FREE to the public, but if you want dumplings, buy tickets here.
 

Common Sounds: Chinese, Haitian and Ukrainian Music Connections

Sunday, October 1 at 3 p.m.
Chinese-American Museum of Chicago
238 W. 23rd Street 
Admission: $10

Menghua Gua

The Haitian American Museum of Chicago and Ukrainian National Museum unite to highlight the common musical threads of different cultures. Bring your best dancing shoes and plan on tapping your toes to the musical heartbeat of the world. 


Female Power Models in Indian and Greek Mythology

Sunday, October 8 at 2 p.m.
National Hellenic Museum
333 S. Halsted Street 
Admission: Free, $10 suggested donation


Celebrate the incredible Goddesses of Greek and Indian mythology with the National Hellenic Museum and the Indo-American Heritage Museum. Dramatic presentations from both traditions will highlight common ties between the powerful Goddesses that ruled the past and are making their way into the new millennium. Come at 1:30 p.m. for snacks and crafts before the event!


Las Caras Lindas de Borinquen y Quisqueya featuring Joan Soriano: A Musical and Culinary Exploration of the Caribbean

Thursday, October 12 at 6 p.m.
Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center
4048 W. Armitage Avenue 
Admission: Free, $10 donation includes food tasting

The oldest Puerto Rican Cultural Center in Chicago joins forces with the Dominican American Midwest Association to bring to Chicago one of the most established and celebrated artists of the booming Dominican music scene: Joan Soriano. Known for his clean, feathery guitar sound, which punches out rhythmic lines, Soriano is hailed by many as “the finest contemporary exponent of traditional bachata.” Opening for Soriano will be SRBCC’s youth ensemble.


Common Threads: Chinese, Haitian and Ukrainian Fashion Connection

Friday, October 13at 7 p.m.
Ukrainian National Museum
2249 W. Superior Street 
Admission: $10


How does fashion influence culture, and how does culture influence fashion? Fashion is at the forefront of the Chinese-American Museum of Chicago, Haitian American Museum of Chicago and Ukrainian National Museum's panel discussion on the connection of traditional techniques in modern trends. 


Drumming Up Power!

Friday, October 27 at 6 p.m.
HANA Center
4300 N. California Avenue 
Admission: $10 suggested donation


HANA Korean drumming © Chicago Cultural Alliance

Drumming is presented as a vehicle for social justice in this collaboration between HANA Center’s Korean drumming group and STOP: Southside Together Organizing for Power. Dance to the drumbeat of youth of different backgrounds in this exclusive performance that integrates various drumming rhythms and styles from around the world.


Behind the Mask: Real Me

Saturday, October 14 at 1 p.m.
Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art
756 N. Milwaukee Avenue
Admission: $15


Masks are a part of the artistic tradition in both American Indian and Cambodian communities. This half-day workshop, presented in collaboration with the American Indian Center and the National Cambodian Heritage Museum & Killing Fields Memorial will examine the meaning and relevance of masks with makers and performers Narath Tan, Punisa Pov and more, who will share their experience through live demos and storytelling.


Music for All Ages

Saturday, October 21 at 4 p.m.
North Park University, Anderson Hall
3225 W. Foster Avenue 
Admission: Free


The sweet sounds of the Swedish American Children’s Choir, the Oakdale Christian Academy and more will fill the air in this concert that showcases the universal spirit of music through a mix of Swedish and American classics.


Discover more amazing Inherit Chicago events and register now at InheritChicago.org.