Category: Chicago

Is it time for Jesus "Chuy" García to carry on Harold Washington's vision of unity?

Is it time for Jesus "Chuy" García to carry on Harold Washington's vision of unity?
The comparisons are inevitable. Harold Washington was elected Chicago’s first African-American mayor in 1983. Jesus “Chuy” García  could become Chicago’s first Latino mayor more than 30 years later. If  García keeps on building on this coalition of Latino, progressive, African-American and union voters, especially teachers, he can beat Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Many thought Washington could... Read more »

Why Chicago is ready for a Latino mayor

Why Chicago is ready for a Latino mayor
The question on Tuesday is whether Mayor Rahm Emanuel will win re-election with 50 percent plus one of the vote or whether he will face an April run off against Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” García. García has been gaining in the polls and is expected to place second. Just as Harold Washington won election... Read more »

Chicanísima Cultural Calendar December 2014

Chicanísima Cultural Calendar December 2014
Check out these cultural happenings in Chicago this December: Latino Music Festival with Fareed Haque’s Math Games, Elbio Barilari & Volcano Radar, Gustavo Leone, December 4, 8 p.m. Mayne Stage, 1328 W. Morse Ave. $15 “Paintings, Prose & Poetry” event features award-winning Chicago Chicana writer and artist Ana Castillo with a rare display of her... Read more »
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Evelyn Sanguinetti will be Illinois' first Hispanic lieutenant governor

Evelyn Sanguinetti will be Illinois' first Hispanic lieutenant governor
History was made in Tuesday’s election. By electing Republican Bruce Rauner governor, Illinois voters also elevated his running mate, Evelyn Sanguinetti, making her the first Hispanic and first Latina to hold statewide office as lieutenant governor. Sanguinetti, a member of the Wheaton City Council, is a lawyer and an adjunct professor at John Marshall Law... 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 »

Mayoral candidate Jesús “Chuy” García considered Harold Washington a mentor

Mayoral candidate Jesús “Chuy” García considered Harold Washington a mentor
Jesús “Chuy” García has started gathering the required 12,500 signatures to run for mayor in 2015. He had a good mentor and teacher, which is how he described the late Mayor Harold Washington. “(Washington) really understood the interconnectedness and interdependency of all neighborhoods, and that if we invested in all of Chicago’s neighborhoods, Chicago would... Read more »
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Could Jesús “Chuy” García be Chicago’s first Latino mayor?

Could Jesús “Chuy” García be Chicago’s first Latino mayor?
Cook County Commissioner Jesús “Chuy” García announced Monday on Chicago Tonight that he is running for mayor of Chicago. Can García become Chicago’s first Latino mayor? García, a former alderman and state senator, is widely respected in Chicago’s Latino community and he is known as a progressive. Latinos are around 15 percent of the city’s... 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 »