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Meet Chicago Northwest welcomes the Chicago International Dragon Boat Festival to new location, Busse Woods

Brings hundreds of visitors to the area for dragon boat racing and festival fun on July 28, 2018

Elk Grove Village, IL (July 19, 2018) – The Chicago International Dragon Boat Festival comes to Busse Woods for another year of racing, sport, and community. For six years, the Chicago Northwest area has hosted the event that’s been recognized as the Best Single-Sport Event by the SportsTravel Awards. The festival will feature forty dragon boat teams from the Midwest, Florida and Canada. Everyone in the community is welcome to cheer on the dragon boats and discover the magic of 22 hearts beating as one.

The weekend’s festivities are an opportunity to immerse the community in the culture and spirit of dragon boat racing, which dates back 2,500 years to ancient China. Beyond the water competition, festivalgoers can enjoy vendors offering a wide-range of products and services, the Asian Cultural Village with multicultural performances, musical acts, workshops, and demonstrations throughout the day. Mobile food vendors will be on site to round off a day by the water with a tasty treat.

The Chicago International Dragon Boat Festival benefits a local charity, Adaptive Adventures. Funds raised through the event will help provide progressive outdoor sport opportunities to improve quality of life for children, adults, and wounded veterans with physical disabilities. To make a donation, please visit

WHAT: Chicago International Dragon Boat Festival

WHO: Competitive and community dragon boat teams

WHEN: Saturday July 28, 2018, 8AM to 4PM

WHERE: South Pool, Ned Brown Preserve (Busse Woods), Elk Grove, IL

The Chicago International Dragon Boat Festival is located at Busse Woods. All of the action takes place on the South Pool, from 8AM-4PM. Festivities are free and open to the public. More information on the event can be found at For more information, call 1-855-496-2628.


GWN Dragon Boat ( is North America’s largest full-service dragon boat event production company. GWN is contracted to provide varying levels of service to over 30 annual festivals in Canada and the United States. GWN is the creator and owner of the only dragon boat event series in North America, Major League Dragon Boat, producing ten festival properties throughout the year. Since its inception in 1993, GWN has been involved in the production of both National and International level competitions, the execution of over 450 festivals, and has been the leader in developing the sport in local communities across North America.,


Since 1999, Adaptive Adventures has helped individuals with physical disabilities find their freedom through outdoor adventure sports. In 2014, Adaptive Adventures served over 700 wounded and injured veterans by providing progressive outdoor sports opportunities to empower them to achieve improved physical, emotional and social well- being. Opportunities include Dragon Boat racing, which allows injured veterans to remain active, competitive, and supported in a strong community.


GWN Contact:

Aaron Soroka
Chief Operating Officer
Great White North Communications Inc.


Meet Chicago Northwest Contact:
Dave Parulo

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