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Wednesday September 12, 2012

Celebrating Mexican Independence Day in Chicago - a Guide

Celebrating Mexican Independence Day in Chicago - a Guide

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Chicago’s large Mexican community has organized a number of events this weekend in celebration of Mexican Independence Day.

Pilsen Mexican Independence Day Parade
Saturday, September 15th – Parade begins at 12 noon
W. 18th St. and S. Newberry Ave.

COST: This is a free event
AGE: All ages


Downtown Chicago Mexican Independence Parade
Saturday, September 15th – Parade begins at 12 noon
Columbus Dr. & Balbo Dr.
On Columbus Dr. from Balbo to Monroe, Chicago

COST: This is a free event
AGE: All ages


South Chicago Mexican Independence Day Parade
Sunday, September 16th – Parade begins at 2:00pm
8700 S. Commercial Ave., Chicago
Enjoy floats, mariachi bands, and flamenco dancers.

COST: This is a free event
AGE: All ages


El Grito at Millennium Park
Saturday, September 15th from 9-10pm
Millennium Park - 201 E Randolph St., Chicago
“Enjoy the Mariachi and euphoria of Mexicans outdoors celebrating the 201th anniversary of their flag’s independence.”

COST: This is a free event
AGE: All ages


Los Cuatro Vientos Jam
Museum of Contemporary Art
220 E Chicago Ave., Chicago
Los Cuatro Vientos is a quartet of violins, guitar, and folk harp composed of highly trained musicians of the mariachi form. Formed in 2008, they have expanded their repertoire by integrating songs that have become standards in today’s Mexican folkóric form with original work with hip hop, blues, and other genres

COST: This is a free event
AGE: All ages


Imperial Silence: Una Ópera Muerta
Friday, September 14th from 7:30 - 9pm
Saturday, September 15th from 7:30 - 9pm
Sunday, September 16th from 7:30 - 9pm
Museum of Contemporary Art
220 E Chicago Ave., Chicago
Cultural taboos around silence, death, and dissent are presented through a multimedia performance that fuses dark, humored animation with Mexican folklore dance, Mariachi music, hip-hop, bossa nova, and blues. The work is created by San Francisco-based director, John Jota Leaños; Chicago-based choreographer Joel Valentin-Martinez; DJ/composer Cristóbal Martinez; and the Tucson Mariachi ensemble, Los Cuatro Vientos.

COST: $22-28, Students $10
AGE: All ages


Central American Parade
Sunday, September 16th at 12 noon
2800 W. Montrose Ave. and California
On Montrose Ave. from California to Kimball
The Central American Parade celebrates Central America’s independence, Central America includes Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica.

COST: This is a free event
AGE: All ages


Author Junot Diaz @ Printer’s Row Live
Wednesday, September 12th from 7-9pm
Chase Auditorium
10 South Dearborn St., Chicago
Chicago Tribune: The stories collected in Diaz’s new book, ‘This is How You Lose Her’ lay bare the infinite longing and inevitable weaknesses of our all-too-human hearts.

COST: $15
AGE: All ages


El Grito Comedy Jam
Sunday, September 16th at 7:30pm
Joe’s Bar
940 W Weed St., Chicago
Celebrate the start of Mexican Independence Day with a trio of Latin joke makers including L.A. comedian Jorge “DJ Cooch” Aldama and local stand-ups Joey Villagomez and Gwen La Roka.

COST: $10, $15
AGE: 18+