(Above) Chicago Mariachi Project performs on the Chicago Riverwalk on June 21, 2015.
12-Jun-17 Seven hours of mariachi bands will be more than just a dream when the Chicago Mariachi Festival starts next week.
The festival will include a seven-hour mariachi extravaganza at Millennium Park on June 25. The free event will take place at Cloud Gate and Jay Pritzker Pavilion starting at 2 p.m.
Featured bands will include Mariachi Herencia de México from Chicago and student mariachi bands from seven Chicago Public Schools.
On June 24, Ballet Folklórico de la Universidad de Colima will perform at Roosevelt Universitys Auditorium Theatre. Tickets for that event will range from $40 to $75.
This will be the festivals third year in Chicago and organizers say it is the largest mariachi event in the United States, attracting more than 18,000 people.