Residents of Pilsen came out Monday night to celebrate Mexican Independence in Harrison Park. They celebrate with a late night “grito” or cry for independence and with music and dance. It’s a time to celebrate Hispanic heritage with a month of festivities that run from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 in Chicago and across the... Read more »
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Alejandro Escalona is one of the four journalists receiving the Studs Terkel Community Media Award Thursday. Given by the Community Media Workshop, celebrating its 25th anniversary, the awards recognize journalists that do work in the spirit of Studs Terkel. Escalona is a veteran journalist with around 30 years of experience primarily in Spanish-language media in... Read more »
Check out these upcoming cultural events in Chicago: Art classes for children and adults. National Museum of Mexican Art. Saturdays, March 1 to 22 for kids, $50. Saturdays, March 29 to April 26, $80 for adults. 1852 W. 19th St., Chicago. Dance. “Brazos y Abrazos,” The Marjorie Ward Marshall Dance Center, March 13 to 16,... Read more »
With the deadline to enroll for health insurance a month away, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson published an editorial Friday that said health care information will not be shared with immigration officials. However, the undocumented are not eligible to purchase insurance for themselves under the Affordable Care Act, also known as “Obamacare.” But they... Read more »
Tamales and Noche Buena. These are two holiday treats I offer you this Festivus. The “rest of us” can enjoy them. This year I did not have time to make tamales but instead bought these at El Milagro. Noche Buena, which translates as Christmas Eve, is a dark Mexican beer sold during the holiday season.... Read more »
Christmas arrived early for hundreds of children who received free gifts at the “Toys for Kids” event at McKinley Park Friday. It was the 11th annual toy giveaway sponsored by Ald. George A. Cardenas of the 12th Ward. There were a lot of smiling faces. Type your email address in the box and click... Read more »
Looking for a holiday event to attend with family? Try the Christkindlmarket in Daley Plaza. There will be music, food and lots of holiday gifts for sale. It ends December 24 at 4 p.m.
The lions at the Art Institute of Chicago are festively decorated. The bronze statues have worn evergreen wreaths for the holidays for the last 22 years. Walking by them always puts me in the holiday spirit.
Frosty the Snowman must feel at home in Chicago. We’ve already had around 10 inches of snow this season, twice the normal average. More snow is expected this weekend. So make plans to build your own snowman. Type your email address in the box and click the “create subscription” button. My list is completely... Read more »