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Gurnee Park to host Italian Fest

GURNEE –  Italy will be coming to Gurnee on April 28. Gurnee Park District’s Viking Park Singers, a community chorus, will be hosting their annual Italian Fest. 

“This is a truly magical event. As soon as you walk into the dance hall doors at Viking Park Community Center, you smell the warm Saluto’s spaghetti, hear the sounds of Italy, and see all the smiling faces of our community chorus,” chorus director Rita Byrd said.

“We have been hosting this event for over 20 years. It first started with the singers making their very own sauce. Now since the participation has grown, Saluto’s has stepped up to help out with the event.”

There will be two seatings, one from 5 to 6:30 p.m. and one from 6:45 to 8:15 p.m. at the Viking Park Community Center, 4374 Old Grand Ave., Gurnee.

Each will feature a 30-minute performance from the Viking Park Singers, who also will be the servers for the evening. Tickets cost $11 for adults and $6 for children ages 2 to 10. Tickets can be bought in advance or at the door.

“Our Viking Park Singers have been together since 1989,” Byrd said. “We are 100 percent committed to bringing beautiful music to our community, and we are looking forward to performing on April 28.”

Viking Park Singers always welcomes new members.

For information on the event or to join the Viking Park Singers, visit

Events sponsors are Bickford Assisted Living and Memory Care and Saluto’s.

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