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 »
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!
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 »
Try holiday shopping on 18th Street in Pilsen with its thrift stores and art galleries. One place you can visit is the Pilsen Out Post, a pop-up shop that features original work by local artists. It is open through December next to La Catrina Cafe at 1011 W. 18th St. Hours are 5 to 9... Read more »
This kid is ready for Christmas. He was playing with his new present in Pilsen Sunday. Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas.
Happy Holydays! That’s the greeting from Panadería del Refugio at 1339 W. 18th St. in Pilsen. Their specialty is pan de Acámbaro, or sweet bread recipe from Acámbaro, Guanajuato, Mexico. Enjoy a sweet treat there or at any of the panaderías on 18th Street this holiday season.
I will count down the days ’til Christmas with the Chicanísima Advent calendar. I will post an original photo from December 1st to December 25th designed to lift your spirits for the holiday season. This first photo is from the National Museum of Mexican Art’s Mercado Navideño, Christmas Market, that runs today from 10 a.m.... Read more »
More than 4,000 people came out for the annual Carrera de Muertos or 5K Race of the Dead in Pilsen. What makes this 5K different is that many of the runners dress up as muertos, or the dead. They paint or wear calaveras, skull faces, a symbol celebrated on Nov. 1 and 2 for Día... Read more »
Two and a half years ago, I moved to Pilsen. I knew it was the neighborhood where I wanted to live as it is a center of Mexican art, culture and food in Chicago. On 18th Street, you can find Mexican bakeries, restaurants, art galleries and thrift shops. It is a neighborhood full of murals... Read more »
As the runners in the 2013 Chicago Marathon turned east on 18th Street from Ashland Avenue into Pilsen, they were met by drums, mariachi music and supporters waving Mexican flags. All marathoners were greeted with cheers, but those wearing Mexican shirts and running gear won over the crowd. “Where are the tamales?” one of the... Read more »