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Museum Exhibition, 5K And Sugar Skulls: How To Celebrate Día De Los Muertos On The Southwest Side

The popular Mexican holiday honors people who have died and is celebrated Oct. 31-Nov. 2.

Isabel Hernandez's Pilsen yard on 19th Street between Throop and Loomis streets is turned into an ofrenda, as seen on Oct. 17, 2022.
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CHICAGO — Many Chicagoans are preparing to celebrate Día de los Muertos when it kicks off Oct. 31.

The popular Mexican holiday honors people who have died and is celebrated Oct. 31-Nov. 2.

Some of the ways you can celebrate in Chicago:

Back Of The Yards Día De Los Muertos

Noon-3 p.m. Oct. 22

Davis Square Park, 4430 S. Marshfield Ave.

Schools in Back of the Yards are putting on this event, complete with altars made by students and community members, local vendors and live music and entertainment.

Enlace’s Day Of The Dead Celebration

3-8 p.m. Nov. 2

Sembrando Bajo el Sol Garden, 2612 S. Trumball Ave.

Little Village organization Enlace is hosting this event with a neighborhood garden with altars, music, food and haunted houses.

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Every year, the National Museum of Mexican Art organizes an elaborate, beautiful exhibition for Día de los Muertos. This year, the pieces include ofrendas for the victims of the Uvalde, Texas school shooting, people grieving over Ukraine’s war and loss of people during the pandemic.

National Museum Of Mexican Art Exhibition

10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday through Dec. 11

National Museum of Mexican Art, 1852 W. 19th St.

The free museum has unveiled its annual Día de los Muertos exhibit, featuring a variety of ofrendas, visual installations, photographs and sculptures.

National Museum Of Mexican Art Celebration

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3-8 p.m. Oct. 29 at the museum, 1852 W. 19th St.

Neighbors can join this free event outside the museum with ofrendas by community members, live music, art activities and a large ofrenda projected outside of the museum.

Sugar Skull Decorating Workshops

  • 5:30-6:30 p.m. Oct. 20 at La Malinche Coffeehouse, 2110 S. Halsted St.
  • 11 a.m.-noon Oct. 22 at the Chicago Public Library, 122 N. Aberdeen St.
  • 1:30-3:30 p.m. Oct. 22 at DeColores Ice Cream and Coffeeshop, 3838 W. 49th St.

Genesis Garcia, who has been making sugar skulls for about three years, is hosting do-it-yourself workshops where kids and adults can learn about making sugar skulls. Participants decorate skulls, as well.

The Oct. 20 workshop is free. The Oct. 22 workshop at La Malinche is $5-$12, and the Oct. 22 workshop at DeColores is sliding scale or donation-based.

Pre-decorated skulls cost $8-20. Costs vary for DIY kits so people can take them home to make.

You can reach Garcia to order sugar skulls through Instagram @blended_vines or on Tiktok @mucha.magia.

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Examples of decorated sugar skulls.

Carrera De Los Muertos 5K

8 a.m. Oct. 29

Benito Juarez Community Academy, 2150 S. Laflin St.

The Carrera de los Muertos 5k race is back and ready to take runners through the streets of Pilsen.

You can find information on how to register here. Race tickets are $55.

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