Where to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Chicago

It has been a while since I last posted, but I am back to tell you where to celebrate the next big holiday in Chicago. Historically, Cinco de Mayo is a Mexican holiday that commemorates the victory of Mexico over France in the battle of Puebla in 1862. This holiday, however, is more popular in the United States than in Mexico. Why? Changing demographics and the enormous repercussion this victory had on the outcome of the U. S. Civil War. Some historians state that had Mexico not defeated the French in Puebla, France would have gone to the aid of the Confederacy in the U.S. Civil War and the United States’ destiny would have been different. Nowadays, Cinco de Mayo’s historical significance got lost in time and the holiday is more of a cultural celebration of everything Mexican and and an excuse to party than anything else. 

Chicago holds one of the largest Mexican-American communities in the country and the city offers many choices to celebrate on May 5. However, out of all those options, my recommendation is to network and socialize with a great organization that will be hosting a huge Mexican-American celebration in Chicago: the Cinco de Mayo event put on by HispanicPro at the Godfrey Hotel. HispanicPro is the premier networking organization for Hispanic professionals in Illinois and the largest producer of networking events targeting the Hispanic professional community in Chicago. It’s free to join, you get access to some of the coolest venues in Chicago and meet interesting people from different professions. I was invited to their April event at Ronero, and while enjoying some light food and beverages, I had an interesting conversation with the president of the Chicago Symphony Latino Alliance (CSLA). CSLA is another great organization that hosts pre Chicago Symphony Orchestra concert networking events with special guest artists who give insights into the evening’s concert. I learned a lot about their membership (it’s free!) and some of the interesting events they offer. If HispanicPro hadn’t invited me to their professional event, I would never have learned about this unique experience from CSLA. HispanicPro functions are not only great for networking, professional tips, and discovering unique opportunities, they’re also festive events to attend. The music and the conga player at the end of the event I attended had many of us going to the networking floor and turning it into a dance floor. This organization definitely strikes the perfect balance between function and fun. If you want to find out more about them and their upcoming Cinco de Mayo event, visit their website.

A couple of days later, on May 7 at noon, head to the Cinco de Mayo Parade in Little Village, one of the signature Mexican neighborhoods in Chicago and home to more people of Mexican ancestry than any other community in the Midwest. It is one of the largest Cinco de Mayo celebrations in the city. The parade goes from Cermak Rd. and Damen Ave to Marshall Blvd. By the way, did you know that Little Village retail strip is the second highest grossing shopping district in Chicago after glamourous Michigan Avenue? Now that you know, on Cinco de Mayo, let’s raise our Margaritas and make a toast for the brave Mexican and Mexican-American people who contributed and keep contributing to the greatness of the United States of America.

 

 

New Year’s Eve parties in Chicago

NYE 2013 with Soulphonetics and SoundCulture at La Taberna

On Monday, December 31, 2012, 9:00pm at La Taberna Tapas | Cost: $20 Adv | $30 at the Door

Say goodbye to 2012 & hello to 2013!! Have dinner with mouth watering tapas or empanadas, mingle with some delicious sangria & dance your butts off to the global sounds of Soulphonetics & Soundculture, two of Chicago’s leading booty shaking motivators. And kicking off the night is special guest band Karpah, performing live Rumba Flamenco Fusion.


NYE 2013 Carnaval Passport to Rio

On Monday, December 31, 2012, 9:00pm at 311 Lounge Chicago | Cost: $97

Fasten your seat belts, escape the cold and jet set to the tropical, vibrant streets of Rio as we ring in 2013 in truly lavish, Carnival style!

7500 sf. of space transformed into 3 Carnival themed areas complete w/Samba Dancers, Carnival Entertainers, DJ’s, Drummers and Sambadrome Parade. We will have authentic Brazilian cuisine and themed Brazilian cocktails in multiple themed rooms


New Year’s Eve with Los Lobos

On Monday, December 31, 2012, 11:00pm at City Winery | Cost: $85 – $175

More than three decades have passed since Los Lobos released their debut album, Just Another Band from East L.A. Since then they’ve repeatedlydisproven that title – Los Lobos isn’t “just another” anything, but rather a band that has consistently evolved artistically while never losing sight of their humble roots.

NEW YEAR’S EVE BOSSA 3 CARNAVAL!!!

IT WILL BE A NIGHT OF BOSSA-NOVA,SAMBA AND CARNAVAL CHICAGO STYLE.THERE WILL BE DANCING AND CELEBRATING!! WITH COMPLIMENTARY CHAMPAGNE TOAST AT MIDNIGHT TO WELCOME 2013!!!!
Barra Ñ 6pm-2am NO COVER!!! MUST RSVP (773) 866-9898
2977 N. Elston Ave., Chicago

HotOn1Salsa New Years Eve Party @ Paris Cafe
Live Tropical Band, Two Rooms of Music, American Style Buffet and Champagne Toast at Midnight
Cafe Paris Doors Open at 8:30pm Party until 3am $25 in advance and $30 RSVP to Sales@hoton1salsa.com
5301 W Belmont, Chicago

2013 NEW YEARS EVE REGGAE AND WORLD MUSIC
GOOD AND POSITIVE VIBRATIONS WITH SLACKY J….MARCUS IYAH…..DJ AARON….DJ RAD BRIAN
SAVEMORE LOUNGE 8pm-2am $15
4060 N LINCOLN AVE, Chicago

Moksha 2013- A Bollywood Masquerade NYE Bash!
Cactus will be transformed into an exotic arena with state of the art light and sound system. Free Masquerade Masks will be given to first 450 guests at the door. There will be satellite bars all over the venue to avoid long lines at the main bars.
CACTUS 8.30pm-2am
404 S Wells | Chicago

THE BOMBAY VIOLET | NYE 2013 @ Red Violet
Sajan Vadali spins Bollywood, Bhangra, Arabic, Euro & House!
Complimentary Asian Appetizers, 9p-10:30p, Complimentary Champagne Toast at midnight. Cash Bar w/ Drink Specials
Red Violet 9pm-am entrance $10 Individuals, $15 Couples
121 W. Hubbard St., Chicago

The New Year’s Eve Party at ARTango! Performance by Hernan & Daniela from Argentina

Stunning performance by guest instructors from Argentina, Buenos Aires Hernan Prieto and Daniela Roig, The Best music by our own DJ Katia Alferova
Elegant Cocktail Reception and Delicious home-made Tapas and Sangria by chef Millicent Lagares
ARTango Center Chicago 10pm-4am $45 tickets 312.823.4859
4203 N. Ravenswood, Chicago

CHICAGO’S NEW YEAR’S EVE CELEBRATION
Salsa/Bachata/Cha-cha-chá/Hip Hop & Old School by: El Caobo, DJ Luis “Rollin’” Rivera, DJ Mabbo, DJ Bruce Moreno (resident dj)
Latin Rhythms Academy of Dance & Performance
210 N. Racine, Chicago 9pm – 2am $60

Chicago Halloween Parties

Jack-o-lantern
Jack-o-lantern (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Are you still looking for a party where to show your Halloween costume? Look no more. I created a list with links to parties going on in Chicago from today until November 2nd. You will have plenty of opportunities to get spooky in the next days. Here they are:

FRIDAY OCTOBER 26

TANGO

ARTango Halloween Party Featuring Alejandro Ziegler Quartet from Buenos Aires, Argentina Friday, October 26 at ARTango Center Chicago

BRAZILIAN

BOLLYWOOD/BHANGRA/ARAB

Trick or Treat, Feel My Beat! at bodi

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SATURDAY OCTOBER 27

SALSA

HotOn1Salsa Halloween Party @ Cafe Paris!!

TANGO

Halloween Milonga! Free tickets to LiveTangoEvent Sat,Oct 27@MilongaCite

LATINO/FUNK/SOUL

DANCE SYNDROME : The Halloween Edition : feat DJ MAMABEAR with Soulphonetics at Taxim

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MONDAY OCTOBER 29
HOUSE
TUESDAY OCTOBER 30
SALSA