Celebrate Día de los Muertos in Chicago:For FREE!

With Mexico being over 1,000 miles away, my parents made sure to keep our cultural traditions going wherever we were.

So I plan on doing the same with Noah!

Chicago has a variety of events full of culture and tradition honoring the Day of the Dead. These events are great because they are;

  • Kid friendly
  • Local
  • FREE!

The National Museum of Mexican Art offers a special exhibit, #30 Dia de los Muertos:Journey of the Soul. This year the exhibit is dedicated to the victims of the shootings at Pulse nightclub in Orlando,FL. This exhibit runs from Sept.23-Dec.11, Tuesday-Sunday 10a.m.-5p.m.,1852 W. 19th St.

Columbia College’s Latino Alliance Organization will parade throughout the college campus while honoring the dead and ancestors. Following the parade they will have food performances by other Columbia College students and a workshop on how to make a commemorative “ofrendas.”Friday,Oct.28 from 6-10p.m.,parade procession begins at 1104 S.Wabash Ave.

If you’re in spirits to cheer on 5k runners and enjoy traditional mariachi music, food, kids’ activities and traditional folkloric groups, join the UNO 5k Carrera de los Muertos on Saturday, Oct. 29 at 8a.m. in Pilsen on 18th Street. Check the link for further info.

Join the National Museum of Mexican Art and witness “ofrendas” created and set up by community members and families throughout Harrison Park while enjoying champurrado and pan de muerto. Sunday, Oct. 30 from 3-8p.m., 1852 W. 19th St.

On the “official traditional day,”celebrate the 37th Annual Muertos de la Risa with ElevArte Community Studio. Be part of the longest Day of the Dead procession in Pilsen and sip on hot chocolate, eat Pan de Muerto, enjoy face painting and performances. You are encouraged to wear your muertos-inspired attire and personal walking ofrenda. Wednesday, Nov.2, festivities begin at 3p.m., 1119 W.Cullerton.

“We are our culture and tradition;If there is no culture or tradition we are no one.”

Tamerlan Kuzgov



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