Get Your Grito On at Pilsen Fest, September 17-18 | Latin Voice | Chicago News


Chicago festival season and Hispanic Heritage Month are set to intersect at 18th Street and Blue Island on September 17-18 when Pilsen Fest brings Mexican art, music and of course food to the heart of the historic district.

The festival, which is in its 10he year is just in time to kick off the month-long celebration of Latino culture in the city. Organizer Ermina Garcia said it was no accident. In partnership with the Mexican Consulate, the festival is the official “grito” of Mexico’s Independence Day celebrations in Chicago.

“We thought it was a great opportunity to be able to show this to anyone curious about how to celebrate Mexico’s Independence Day in Chicago,” Garcia said.

The festival offers music all day long on its two stages.

“Ninety-five percent are local Latin bands, 40% of the programming is female,” Garcia said. “So we’re very happy about that.”

Food and art offerings are also local, including many well-known family food vendors and artists’ workshops, including a traveling Mexico City alebrijes workshop and a children’s painting workshop presented by the Museum. national of Mexican art.

“We are very proud to present a very carefully selected and curated look at the different ways we could really celebrate what we do in Pilsen,” Garcia said. “I think we have a lot to offer and we should be very proud of that!


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