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Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month in the Middle of Everything

Sep 11, 2023 Arts, Culture & History

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Hispanic Heritage Month provides an opportunity to celebrate and showcase the rich cultural tapestry of the Hispanic community, which includes people of Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Dominican, and various Central and South American descent.

Recognizing this diversity helps foster a sense of inclusion and belonging among Illinois residents and visitors alike. 

Hispanic Heritage Month is important to Illinois because it allows the state to honor its Hispanic residents, their contributions, and their cultural heritage. It promotes diversity, education, and inclusivity, contributing to the overall enrichment and well-being of the state's population. Plus, it offers educational opportunities to learn about the history, traditions, and achievements of the Hispanic community. Schools, colleges, and cultural institutions often organize events and programs that increase awareness and appreciation of Hispanic culture and heritage.

Take a look at our guide on how to celebrate HHM and find events, Illinois Makers, and more to help honor and support the community during this important month of the year. 

Hispanic Heritage Month Events in Illinois

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Immersed in Hispanic Cultural Heritage


Take a road trip and discover more ways to celebrate Hispanic culture!



Community Treasures with a Latino Flavor


Celebrate Hispanic cultural identity with these vibrant destinations!

The Puerto Rican Flag Sculpture in Humboldt Park

Chicago's Latino Neighborhoods

What to see and what to eat – from Pilsen to Humboldt Park

Latinos make up the second-largest ethnic group in Chicago, so it should come as no surprise that Chicago is also home to some of the most vibrant Latino communities in the country. From Pilsen/Little Village to Humboldt Park, here’s a look at where to eat— and what to see— in these culturally rich neighborhoods.

Meet Hispanic Illinois Makers

Family in a greenhouse farm.

Three Rivers Farm

Amy Cloud, Jose Lara and their two children, Diego and Lydia, own and operate Three Rivers Community Farm. Their farm is known for our sweet carrots; colorful, flavorful varieties of lettuce; and unique mixes of cherry tomatoes and traditional slicin

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Exterior of Panaderia Aracey's Bakery with its sign lit.

Aracely’s Bakery

Established in 1982, the bakery has grown and flourished to what it is today. It started with a young couples' dreams and continues to be a family-owned business. They provide daily pastries, cakes, and breads that are made with plenty of love and co

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Lady laying down on a chair and getting tattooed by a tattoo artist.

Funky Rooster Tattoo

Funky Rooster Tattoo and Art Gallery is a hip and colorful custom tattoo shop with licensed professionals who takes great pride in their clean and friendly environment. The artists are dedicated to the quality of their tattoos and the happiness of o

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Variety of pastries from Atrevete Confections on a wooden board.

Atrevete Confections

Chef and owner Jacqueline Mejia's lifelong dream of opening her own confectionary led her to pursue an education at the French Pastry School of Kennedy King College in Chicago, followed by an apprenticeship with Chris Hammer, of "Top Chef: Just Desse

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Kombucha bottles on the beach.

Kombucha Brava LLC

In 2016, the owners made a radical change in their careers and decided to start a business that would truly express their passions and talents. They embarked on this journey, and have found themselves receiving endless support from the community. The

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Yellow, pink and blue interior of Yeni's Palarte Mexican Ice Cream.

Yeni’s Palarte Mexican Ice Cream

Beloved Mexican ice cream shop that offers delicious ice cream and smoothies, including keto-friendly, dairy-free and water-based options. They offer a variety of unique flavors such as grape, queso, blackberry, lavender, and many more and use locall

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Cafe Tola

A blending of delicacies in a Lakeview venue with colorful Mexican pizzazz and an adventurous menu of daily crafted homemade empanadas and wickedly delicious coffees guaranteed to rock your world. Empanadas may have originated in Spain and Portugal,

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