Tag: Mexican

Day of the Dead mural goes up on Little Village restaurant

Day of the Dead mural goes up on Little Village restaurant
Graffiti writer, Elizabeth “Bel” Reyes, is climbing scissor lifts at 26th & Lawndale to reach the highest points of Nuevo León Restaurant. Her latest work is a continuation of an art project she did last year, commissioned by AARP, that wrapped the CTA Pink Line train with a prominent Day of the Dead design by... Read more »

Marshall Boulevard café changes ownership, offers $1.99 menu

Marshall Boulevard café changes ownership, offers $1.99 menu
When the Sip 22 coffee chain opened at 2909 W. Cermak Rd., the old Latino Youth High School, Little Village residents made it known that they were not welcome. With the constant tension between the white-owned establishment encroaching on the patio space and residents striving to maintain community control of Marshall Boulevard, the coffeeshop only survived... Read more »

The Illinois Lottery Goes Mexican

The Illinois Lottery Goes Mexican
In April the Illinois Lottery introduced a Loteria themed ticket in all corner tienditas “as another way to reach out” to the Mexican-American community, said spokesman Steve Rossi. The three-dollar scratcher is a smaller version of a Loteria playing card, with 16 out of 54 possible symbols that range from “El Nopal” to “La Bota”... Read more »
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Mike Rodriguez Files to Run for Office in the 22nd Ward

Mike Rodriguez Files to Run for Office in the 22nd Ward
Five years after Michael Rodriguez inherited the reins of Enlace Chicago, one of the most active and locally respected non-profits, he announced his departure from the Little Village organization. In November, the news went public that Rodriguez filed a petition to run for Democratic Committeeman of the 22nd Ward and that he was running unopposed.... Read more »

El restaurante Nuevo Leon sobrevive en la calle 26

El restaurante Nuevo Leon sobrevive en la calle 26
El Nuevo Leon localizado en el 3657 W. 26th St., Chicago Como a la medianoche un incendio dejó en cenizas al restaurante Nuevo Leon de la calle 18. La comunidad presenció con horror cómo las llamas consumían al negocio de 53 años. Laura Gutierrez, la encargada del restaurante hermano que se ubica en La Villita,... Read more »

El Fin de Mi Tierra Restaurant

El Fin de Mi Tierra Restaurant
Este fin de semana la 25 y Kedzie no alumbró como de costumbre. La media cuadra de color de rosa que regularmente se llena de carros, cumpleañeros y turistas estubo casi vacía. Mientras un anuncio blanco que colgaba de la reja del valet parking declaraba en letra roja: Nos pesa tomar la decisión difícil de... Read more »
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Los gemelos Flores podrían servir 6 años

Los gemelos Flores podrían servir 6 años
Los hermanos Magarito y Pedro Flores se presentaron hoy a la corte federal de Chicago para recibir su condena, una condena ligera dada su cooperación con las autoridades como “testigos extraordinarios” que infiltraron el cártel de Sinaloa y cuyos informes fueron a dar con el paradero de líderes del narcotráfico como El Vicentillo e indirectamente... Read more »

Are Little Village Youth Gangbanging for Mexican Cartels?

Are Little Village Youth Gangbanging for Mexican Cartels?
It’s Friday night in Little Village. The wind occasionally carries distant laughter or the tan-tan of a corrido from someone’s backyard. Yet the curtains are drawn and few people linger on their front steps. The shadows of the side streets give a courteous warning to visitors. Almost all businesses on the commercial artery lock their doors before the self-imposed... Read more »

5 ways to take back Cinco De Mayo

5 ways to take back Cinco De Mayo
Outside of Puebla, Mexicans barely remember one victorious battle in a war that was ultimately lost to invading French forces. But here in the United States, May 5th 1862 has been bottled, packaged and sold. Few people imagine that Cinco De Mayo observations began decades after its occurrence. Wealthy Mexicans who fled the Revolution of... Read more »
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Border Mentality: 26th Street

Border Mentality: 26th Street
I’m from La Villita as my people like to call it  Where kids go to jail before they get to college  A poor childhood is what we all acknowledge  When a murder happens we know the silent process  No one knows who popped clips, they rather change the topic  The gun claps loud like strongly... Read more »