With everything that goes on around music in Chicago, no festival gathers more eclectic sounds than the World Music Festival. One of the largest gatherings of global music, the World Music Fest, now in its 18th year, brings together musicians from all over the world. In the 18 years since its inception, more than 650 artists from more than 80 countries have hit the stages at the festival. This year is no different. Artists from places like Chile, Ethiopia, India, Cuba, Inner Mongolia, Italy, China, Poland and plenty more places — even that far-flung place we call Brooklyn — will gather between Sept. 9 and 25. Multiple venues across the city — Millennium Park, Chicago Cultural Center, The Hideout, The Promontory and Lincoln Hall, to name a few — will host shows. Best of all, it’s all free. So if you’re looking for something to do with the family or on your own, this is a great way to discover new music from everywhere else but here.
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