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CHICAGO- Come Celebrate Mexico’s 200th Anniversary of Independence

The festivities will bring the Mexican and Mexican-American communities together as we celebrate the rich heritage, history, and culture of our Mexican ancestors who fought for their independence from the Spanish government during the early 1800’s.

Here is a list of events the entire family can enjoy.

Festival de la Villita
Friday, Sept. 10th: 6pm (carnival only)
Saturday, Sept. 11th: 12pm
Sunday, Sept. 12th (parade)
2600 S. Kostner Ave.
Sponsored by Little Village Chamber of Commerce
The 21st annual fest features carnival rides, live music, food vendors, and artisans for the whole family to enjoy. 

Mexican Independence Day Parade and Celebration

Sunday , Sept. 12
Noon to 9pm
Sponsored by The City of West Chicago
The celebration will take place along Joliet Street and will include music, piñatas, food, and other Mexican favorites. 

Mexico’s Bicentennial
Wednesday, Sept. 15th
5:30pm to 7pm
Sponsored by the Mexican Consulate of Chicago
Ballplayers, Gods, and Rainmaker Kings: Masterpieces from Ancient Mexico
Art Institute of Chicago

Mexico’s Mariachi Perla
Sones de Mexico
Guanajuato’s Folkloric Ballet and many more
6:30pm to 9pm
Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park

The Cry of Independence
Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park
National Museum of Mexican Art
Runs through Nov. 28th, 2010
Miles and Kilometers exhibit
1852 W. 19th St.
Contemporary art from Chicago and Chiapas
Celebrating Mexicandiad past and present. 

Buen Provecho! Chicago
Thursday, Sept. 16th on 18th Street
Features over 20 restaurants, cafes, and bakeries providing delectable dishes
Advance tickets: $25
Day of event: $30
Proceeds benefit Eighteenth Street Development Corporation

NEIU Celebrates Bicentennial
The Past in the Present: Lessons of Independence Two Years Later
Thursday, Sept. 16th at 3pm at NEIU auditorium, 5500 N. St. Louis
Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU) celebrates the bicentennial of Mexico with Adalberto Santana, Ph.D.

Mexican Music for Cello and Piano
Friday, Sept. 17th 6:30pm
The Art Institute of Chicago, Fullerton Hall
111 S. Michigan Ave.
Free concert with admission to the museum

Rockotitlan Rock and Independence Festival
Friday, Sept. 17th
7pm at El Rey Ballroom, 3504 S. Western
Celebrating ten years of music, art, and culture
Viva! Latin Music Festival
Friday, Sept. 17th and Saturday, Sept. 18th
11am to 9pm at Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park
Showcasing Mexican artists

Casa Central Bicentennial Showcase
Thursday, Sept. 30th at 5pm
The show features participants from Casa Central’s programs and a recital from the Humboldt Park Neighborhood Choir.

Muti Conducts Chavez Sinfonía India

Thursday, Oct. 7th
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Pays tribute to the once thriving Mexican Indian culture

Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles
Sunday, Oct. 31st at 5pm
Harris Theater, 205 E. Randolph
America’s first all female mariachi

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