Posts tagged "Pilsen"

Day of the Dead brings families together in Pilsen

Day of the Dead brings families together in Pilsen
It almost felt like being in a cemetery in Mexico. More than 75 families built ofrendas, or shrines, in memory of their loved ones outside the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood Sunday. El Día de los Muertos,  or the Day of the Dead, celebrated on November 1 and 2, is a... Read more »

Cinco de Mayo parade in Pilsen

Cinco de Mayo parade in Pilsen
Cinco de Mayo is celebrated more in the United States than in Mexico. In Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood, there were bands, vaqueros, bikers and lowriders in a parade Sunday along Cermak Road. Cinco de Mayo marks the 1862 Battle of Puebla where Mexico defeated France under Napoleon. In most of Mexico, May 5 is a regular... Read more »

Caras de los Muertos: Faces of the Dead

Caras de los Muertos: Faces of the Dead
Pilsen was a great place to be muertos this weekend. From the Carrera de los Muertos, or 5k Race of the Dead, to the annual #muertosdelarisa procession by ElevArte, the face of death was everywhere in this Chicago neighborhood and along 18th Street. For Día de los Muertos, a fusion of Catholic and indigenous traditions... Read more »
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How to make a Day of the Dead altar

How to make a Day of the Dead altar
In Mexico, parts of Central America and the U.S., Día de los Muertos or Day of the Dead is time to remember those we have lost. There are vigils in cemeteries where graves are cleaned and decorated with cempasúchil, a type of marigold. Many families also build ofrendas (offerings) or altars in their homes or... Read more »

18th Street Pilsen Open Studios showcases more than 80 artists

Prospectus Gallery group exhibit Made in Pilsen IX
The 18th Street Pilsen Open Studios continues Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. It was started in 2003 by a group of local artists who live in, work in or have a strong historical connection to Pilsen. In addition to mural walks, there are guided studio and van tours. See map. Among the artists featured... Read more »

In Chicago, a vigil for missing students in Mexico

In Chicago, a vigil for missing students in Mexico
The disappearance and possible murder of 43 students last month in Mexico has resonated in Chicago’s Mexican community. Around 100 people gathered for a vigil Friday night in Pilsen to call attention to the disappearance of the students and also the discovery of mass graves in Mexico. “Every day is a day of death in... Read more »
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Mexican Independence Day in Pilsen

Mexican Independence Day in Pilsen
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 »

Chicanísima Advent Calendar: 10 days 'til Christmas

Chicanísima Advent Calendar: 10 days 'til Christmas
Cantinflas wishes you a Feliz Navidad. The late Mexican actor and comedian was considered the “Charlie Chaplin of Mexico.” He is depicted here in the store window of “No Manches Clothing,” 1800 W. 18th St., in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago. There are 10 days ’til Christmas so don’t forget to do some shopping on... Read more »

Chicanísima Advent Calendar: 12 days 'til Christmas

Chicanísima Advent Calendar: 12 days 'til Christmas
It’s Second Friday in Pilsen and there will be a Christmas bazar at Metzli, 2005 S. Blue Island Ave., and other art events in the neighborhood. Also you can try some Christmas beer at Harbee’s, 1345 W. 18th St. Cheers!
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Chicanísima Advent Calendar: 13 days 'til Christmas

Chicanísima Advent Calendar: 13 days 'til Christmas
December 12 is the feast day of the Virgin of Guadalupe. There are masses and celebrations in her honor in Mexico and across the United States. This image of La Virgen is next to St. Procopius Catholic Church, 1641 S. Allport Street, in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago. She warms my heart even in the... Read more »