If you are looking for things to do in Chicago this weekend, why not check out the free Festival de La Villita, a 3-day event in Little Village celebrating Mexican Independence features over 100 vendors, with excellent authentic Mexican food and live music. Chicago’s Hispanic community will celebrate Mexico’s independence from Spain–and South-of-the-Border culture–at the 21st annual Festival de La Vilita (Little Village Festival) at 2600 S. Kostner in the Little Village neighborhood. Attracting thousands–and wildly popular with families and children–the three-day event is the Midwest’s premier outdoor gala of Mexican culture. Admission is free.
Among the more than 100 vendors will be neighborhood Mexican restaurants serving up authentic Mexican cuisine. There will also be music as well as artisans and entertainment for kids. In addition, there will be appearances by TV and radio personalities. And for those who want to strut their stuff, there is a dance pavilion featuring lessons in traditional and regional Mexican dancing as well as deejays.
On Sunday, the festival is the end location of the 26th Street Mexican Independence Day Parade, Chicago’s second largest parade and one of the largest celebrations of Hispanic culture in the U.S. That parade starts at Albany (3100 W) at Noon on Sunday and proceeds west on 26th Street to Kostner. On Sunday, Festival de La Villita becomes the end destination for the second largest parade in Chicago, which literally funnels into the festival, bringing hundreds and thousands of its spectators.
2600 S. Kostner Ave., Chicago
Tel: (773) 868-3010
6-11 p.m. Friday (carnival only);
noon-11 p.m. Saturday-Sunday