An Overview of The Chicago Latino Film Festival
The Chicago Latino Film Festival is an internationally acclaimed movie festival that is centered on the Latino community as well as Latin American filmmaking. The festival began in 1985 in Chicago. Two of the most significant features of the festival are to demonstrate the diverse roles that Latin Americans play in cinema as well as to debunk long held stereotypes of the Latino community. The festival is an artistic and cultural [...]
An Overview of The Chicago Latino Film Festival
The National Museum of Mexican Art is located at 1852 West 19th Street in Chicago, Illinois. The museum was founded in 1982 with the purpose of showcasing the very best in Mexican and Latino art. In additioin to artwork, the museum also displays cultural objects related to the history of Mexico and its native peoples.
The museum has a current, permanent collection of over 7,000 pieces of art some of which date to the pre-Columbian period. Some of the artists whose work is in [...]
The Quilombo Cultural Center is located on North Kimball Avenue between Bloomingdale and Wabansia. The parking lot is small and is crowded at times, but the diverse classes offered inside the center make it more than worth the hassle of finding a spot. Classes are offered for adults and children in a variety of artistic forms that expand cultural awareness and contribute to a healthier community.
The most popular program for children is Capo4Kids, or Capoeira for Kids. This program teaches Capoeira to children as young as nine months. Africans and Brazilians have [...]
Founded in 1973, the Puerto Rican Cultural Center is a non-profit institution that seeks to provide for the social and cultural needs of the Puerto Rican and Latino community in the Chicago area. The center is a gathering place for Puerto Rican and Latino citizens in the area to come together to address problems facing the community. The center is also a place where the culture and fine arts of the community can be celebrated, with an opportunity for people to share Puerto Rican and Latino music, poetry, art and history. Some of the issues [...]
Buying a home in a Hispanic neighborhood in Chicago is a great way to expose your family to the cultural heritage they’ll treasure for a lifetime. Here are a few things to consider when you’re looking for a new home in the Windy City.
Is it safe? – Like any big city, Chicago has areas that are better off left alone. If you’re able to find a great deal in a questionable area think about looking into Chicago Security Systems or even getting a dog to make you feel better.
Are the schools good? – Think about what public school options are available in your area and if you can afford to go private, how far are the schools? Your kids’ educational goals should be a priority as your job could change at the drop of a hat.
How’s the community? – The best way to get a feel for a neighborhood is to check it out at different times of day. Head over on a Saturday afternoon as well as a Tuesday night – think about the ways you can soak up the vibe before you buy!
Pilsen is a culturally diverse suburb of Chicago, located in the Lower West Side community of residential neighborhoods. In the 1800s, this area was originally settled by Czech, German and Irish immigrants, coming to America in search of new jobs and better lives for their families. It wasn’t until the early 1960s that a growing number of Hispanic citizens, originating mostly from Mexico, also began to settle in this quaint Chicago Suburb. Since then, there has been serious industrial and [...]
The National Museum of Mexican Art (formerly known as the Mexican Fine Arts Museum) is the premier museum featuring Mexican art in the nation. The NMMA houses over 6000 artifacts in its permanent collection, including pieces from Mexico and Mexican-American artists. There is also always a variety of temporary exhibitions. The NMMA also collaborates with a local radio station, Radio Arte and has an art outreach program, Yollocalli.
Visiting and touring the National Museum of Mexican Art is easy. The NMMA is located near a train stop, [...]
Elote was traditionally served by Mexican street vendors, but it quickly spread around the world. Whether you enjoy your elote in the traditional way off a stick or with the kernels cut up into a bowl, you do not have to look any further than the Chicago neighborhood of Pilsen. This neighborhood is located directly in the center of this large city and is referred to as many as the “heart of Chicago”. A few main streets that run through this area are by far the best locations to find elote and similar [...]
Visiting Chicago is a fun and exciting experience. There are numerous places to shop, and many museums to visit. One of the best things about this town is visiting Humboldt Park. This park is full of all sorts of beauty. There are playgrounds, fields, lagoons, and it’s a great place to look at custom cars and cruisers from the local people. The eating at Humboldt park is on of the main attractions. There are numerous food vendors on site selling all sorts of tasty food.
One popular food item is the elote. The elote is corn on the cob that [...]