Festival-goers enjoyed cultural performances and demonstrations from the Thai community at the annual Thai Festival Chicago from July 14-16 at Daley Plaza. The aromas of traditional food consumed the plaza and attracted workers from across the city to visit the festival during their lunch breaks. This year, Boy Thai Band featuring Khun In, a world class xylophone player, headlined the festival with its premier performance in Chicago.

We have preserved these audio snapshots as a way to welcome immigrants and visitors to one of Chicago’s more unheralded treasures: A shared summer in the city.

Enjoy the slideshow that captures some of the sights and sounds of the festival and then click on the photos below to hear “snapshots” of festival-goers with rich stories about their immigrant backgrounds and experiences. We hope you enjoy exploring the Summer Snapshots as much as we did. Please share your stories with us as well.

Audio Snapshots