Al diablo la muerte, mientras la vida nos dure! “To hell with death while we’re still alive.” anon.
The Pilsen neighborhood is the place to be this weekend. Dia De Los Muertos, Spanish for The Day of the Dead is about family, past and present; both celebration and ceremony. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. Traditions include building private altars called ofrendas honoring the deceased using sugar skulls, marigolds, favorite foods and beverages and possessions of the departed and visiting graves with these as gifts. If you are unfamiliar with this holiday, the National Museum of Mexican Art is the best place to visit. Most events are free and the public is welcome. Here is a schedule of some of what will be happening this weekend:
On Friday November 1, Muertos de la Risa with sugar skull rush by Elevarte will host free events from 3:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.
3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.– face painting
5:00 p.m. – Children’s Calavera Circus / Aztec Dance Chicago
6:00 p.m. – Community Procession starts in the back of Dvorak Park
7:00 p.m. – Nahui Ollin, La Catrina Café and The People’s Cook Pop Up BBQ and refreshments
Be sure to check out the Efebinas Café Dia De Los Muertos Celebration free events from 6:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.
6:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m. appetizers and drinks
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. face painting, arts and crafts
8:00 – 10 p.m. Open Mic poetry readings & music
Music will be provided by: Dj Eddie X and Grouchy House
Also on November 1, The free Arte de los Muertos / Day of the Dead Art Showcase can be found at Rooms Gallery, 7:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.
And don’t miss the free Gozamos Dia De Los Muertos Party hosted by Chicago Urban Art Society, from 9:30 p.m. until 2:00 a.m.
On Saturday November 2, Nitecap Coffee bar and the Jdef Peace Project hosts the free En Memoria Dia De Los Muertos Open Mic from 6:30 p.m. until 12 p.m. at 1738 West 18th Street. Gather in community to remember loved ones with Open Mic oraciones, poems, song, drumming, and dance.
Meet at the J-Def Peace Mural on Paulina and 18th Street. A blessing will be done at this site.Native American drummer and teacher Josie Dykas will lead the drumming and singing. Then walk together to Nitecap to continue the drumming inside and bless the community Ofrenda. Bring your music, memories, and any pictures or items (art work) to add to the altar. Everyone is welcome.
At 6:00 p.m. Catrina Café will be hosting A Donde Van Los Muertos, a group art show.
Also at 6 p.m., the celebration at Casa Juan Diego is a family event with poetry, face painting and a parade,m traditional Mexican food and treats.
At 7:00 p.m. there will be a free screening of “19 and a day” a documentary about the life of Jeff Abbey Maldonado (Courtesy of The J-DEF Peace Project).
At 8:00 p.m. – Open Mic
After Hours Dj set by Los Sunny Daze
Also on Saturday November 2, the National Museum of Mexican Art presents Día de los Muertos Ball from 7:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. Find more information about this event and purchase tickets here.
Be sure to visit the National Museum of Mexican Art to see their annual Day of the Dead exhibit.
Places you may find Day of the dead goodies (shopping for Dia de los Muertos)
- National Museum of Mexican Art
- Artesanias D’Mexico
- Tonantzin Community Arts and Cultural Gallery
- Dulceria Lupitas
- Panaderia Nuevo Leon
- Panaderia El Acambaro