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Late Churro Vendor ‘Don Taurino’ To Be Honored With Food, Mask Giveaway In Pilsen

"We want to keep his legacy alive and [show] how an ordinary individual can be extraordinary,” his granddaughter said.

Taurino Brito with his wife Maria.
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PILSEN — Family members and local groups will honor Pilsen’s beloved churro man, Don Taurino, by hosting a giveaway to help others and mark a year since his death.

For decades, Taurino Brito walked the streets of Pilsen, selling an assortment of churros. Many neighbors came to know him as “abuelito,” and he would often treat neighbors to a churro for good deeds, said his granddaughter, Aida Flores.

On Friday, the anniversary of Brito’s death, Flores, other family members and local groups will honor his legacy by distributing food to 300 families. They will also provide personal protective equipment, diapers and other goods.

The distribution will run 4-7 p.m. Friday at 1802 S. Bishop St.

There will also be a Curious George character, story time and a book giveaway for children, Flores said. 

“My grandfather left a beautiful legacy,” Flores said. Brito spent spring and summer in Pilsen selling churros before returning to Mexico, his presence marking the seasonal changes in Chicago. “He was an important part of the community.”

Credit: Steve Schwartzman
Taurino Brito and his granddaughter, Aida Flores.

Since Brito’s passing, neighbors have reached out to his family to share tales of Don Taurino. Flores said they have been moved to hear stories of how her grandfather impacted others in the neighborhood. 

With every year that passes, Flores wants to keep Brito’s memory alive through similar events and even erect a statue that pays “tribute to [our street vendors], like my grandfather, who are an important part of the community … our culture, our history.”

“We want to keep his legacy alive and [show] how an ordinary individual can be extraordinary,” Flores said.

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