These are festivals and program series that happen on a regular or annual basis.
Local annual lowrider car and bike gathering, featuring a blessing, raffles, live music, and drink specials.VISIT
In 1940, the Back of the Yards Neighborhood Council introduced an annual community festival that was known as the Free Fair; this month-long event served as both an opportunity to bring entertainment and activities to the Back of the Yards neighborhood and as a fundraiser for the BYNC’s various programs. The event features a wide array of music and dance performances including aztec dancing, ballet folklórico, mariachi, banda, etc. Additionally, the event hosts live painting by local artists and many art vendors sell their art.VISIT
In 2016, Fiesta de la Vida became a week long celebration of life organized by Alderman Raymond Lopez + many other community organizations. It was planned on the same weekend as the Dia de los Muertos Procession and many community members believed it was an attack from the Alderman in response to their refusal to let him hang his banners and have main stage at this community focused event. This festival did not continue after this year.
Community led yearly event, started in 2011. Free art sessions/ project building/ support community groups with projects for event/promote art and culture.VISIT
Mexican celebration of independence on September 16th. Community joins together on the streets to yell for independence.
Mexican Catholic tradition that happens before christmas day. Every night between Dec 16th and the 24th community walks from church to different community homes asking for "shelter" for the birth of Jesus and a celebration ensues every night in different neighborhood homes.
Tonika Lewis Johnson’s Folded Map™ Project visually connects residents who live at corresponding addresses on the North and South Sides of Chicago. She investigates what urban segregation looks like and how it impacts Chicago residents.VISIT