Season Launch & Business Mixer – Our Season Launch Event is a dual-faceted kick-off that signals the official start to Carnival Season in Chicago. The evening begins with our Spring Business Mixer where we’ll be connecting Windy City Carnival to the community and various local businesses in the city and surrounding suburbs. The Mixer includes informative presentations, fabulous Caribbean cuisine, and beverages. The night is capped off with a kickass party to launch Carnival Season 2017!
The Best Fetes
Party With Us
It's All Love
Rum & Rhythm – This MidSummer Caribbean Heritage Celebration gathers several of Chicago’s hottest Caribbean DJ’s and takes over one of the City’s most popular night clubs! Sweet soca rhythms will pump all night while guests have the opportunity to taste various rum infused drinks from a popular rum dispensary. Event goers will also enjoy a tropical menu provided by Chicago’s premier Caribbean restaurants. This is a perfect Summer event and is sure to draw large crowds!
J’ouvert – Our eve of Carnival bash is where masqueraders from all over gather to mark the official start of Windy City Carnival. This outdoor event includes a live concert featuring one of the Caribbean’s hottest artists. The best in Caribbean cuisine will be served and Windy City Mix Masters will be on hand to spin the top hits from every Caribbean Nation. This EPIC celebration adds the excitement of guests dancing and dowsing themselves in powder, paint, and colored water. All while making memories with friends!
Windy City Carnival – This one of a kind celebration features mas bands, spectacular costumes, impassioned masqueraders, and throngs of clamoring spectators. Wondrous rhythms of island music pervade the area. Midway Plaisance is also busy with vendors selling food, beautiful crafts and much more. This amazing event brings together all nations of the West Indies and Caribbean. Carnival also engages natives of every continent and captivates individuals from any walk of life. Its beauty and ability to provide a break from reality sets the stage for an unforgettably extraordinary day of revelry!
Last Lap Fete – Before we usher Carnival 2018 out the door, we wrap up with the final fete of the season! The Windy City West Indian Carnival Band of the Year will also be crowned before the night is complete. The event is hosted at one of Chicago’s premiere venues. It will be sprinkled with special guests, live performances, and energy pumping rhythms by the best DJ’s in the Midwest.
Parade of Bands
Capturing The Culture
Doing This Together
2017 Carnival Partners
Thank you for creating all of the delicious cuisines that showcase the unique flavors of the islands.
Thank you for supporting in every area needed for us to have a successful Carnival.
For your unwavering support in all Windy City Carnival endeavors.
Randolph Coleman (Calypso Cavalcade), Ochoa “Harvey Connection”, Mizel Boice, DJ Fire
Covered us with his grace and mercy and sustained us through all challenges. Without Him none of this would be possible.
So many talented bands... thanks for making the hard decision of Band of the Year. Latoya McDonald (Bahamas), Cree Lyons (Trini-American), Richard Etienne (Trini-American), Gideon Charles (Trinidad & Tobago), Stewart "Blade" Garcia (Belizian)
Panel of Judges
Thank you for your contributions in our administrative, media and volunteer operations.
Shani Audain, Pilar Audain-Reed, Autumn Jimenez
Your contribution to our activities was much appreciated. Thank you for partnering with us to deliver high quality events, food and beverages.
City of Chicago, Alderman Leslie Hairston, Chicago Park District, University of Chicago
Music is the pulse of our celebration. Thanks for your contribution leading the charge of our Many Beats... One Rhythm!