All aboard for an incredible line-up of FREE entertainment, great food, a parade, a carnival, and fun for the whole family; West Chicago’s Railroad Days pulls into town on Thursday July 6, 2017 at Pioneer Park, 479 W. Forest Avenue .
The four-day event that runs through Sunday, July 9, 2017, includes a main stage for scheduled musical performances, craft and merchant vendors, great food choices and an awesome assortment of carnival rides and games for all ages.
The main stage lineup includes 4th Point and Lost in Time on Thursday, July 6, 2017; Girl & the Gang, Voyage and Billie Elton on Friday, July 7, 2017; Sammy and the Good Knights, Fortunate Sons and Kashmir on Saturday, July 8, 2017; and West Chicago Youth Music, Latin Grammy nominated Trio Ellas, Chicago Youth Mariachi, and ESSO- Funkjam closing out the Festival on Sunday, July 9, 2017. For a complete listing of artists and times, visit the Western DuPage Chamber of Commerce’s website www.westerndupagechamber.com and click on the “Festivals” tab.
Special wrist band ride discounts for the carnival will be offered Thursday, July 6, 2017 from 5:30 to 10:00 p.m. and again on Sunday from 2:30 – 6:00 p.m.; and an absolute community favorite, the Railroad Days Parade, steps off at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 9, 2017.
The 2017 Parade theme, What Defines Your Art, will feature a variety of creative parade units by local groups showcasing their enthusiasm for arts in the community – whether that takes the form of theater, visual, musical or literary arts. The honored parade Grand Marshals, Fredericka Krauss Howard and Ronald Benner both have a history of nurturing the arts in West Chicago and have shared their passion and talents to enrich the lives of students, residents and visitors to the community.
Attendees of Railroad Days on all dates can look forward to a wide variety of great food from regional and local restaurants; both ethnic and American comfort foods.
The 2017 West Chicago Railroad Days is sponsored by the City of West Chicago and is planned and managed by the Western DuPage Chamber of Commerce. All vendor inquiries should be directed to the Festival website, www.westerndupagechamber.com, or at (630) 231-3003 during regular business hours.
A complete event schedule may also be found on the City's website, http://westchicago.org/ under Events/Railroad Days.
The Railroad Days Parade is one of the favorite elements of a 4-day celebration of summer and community in West Chicago. Photo courtesy of Uwe Gsedl.