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37th Annual Muertos de la Risa

November 2, 2016 @ 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Muertos de la Risa
ElevArte’s 37th Annual Day of the Dead Celebration

Rooted in Mexican tradition, Dia de Muertos serves as a joyous occasion to celebrate life and honor the memory of loved ones that have passed away.

Community + Tradition
Join us for the longest-running Dia de Muertos celebration in the city. We invite you to an evening of spectacle and ancestral remembrance. There will be facepainting, art activities, performances, street-level ofrendas and a community procession. Bring your walking shoes, your muertos inspired attire, and/or your own mobile ofrenda— fill the neighborhood with joy and laughter.

Love our youth + Honor our ancestors
In a city that is sometimes too hostile for our young people, ElevArte is prompted by a simple question: How do we love our youth? The answer is complicated, especially for young people of color. To reach success they must rise above systematic challenges, violence and oppressive expectations. We counter erasure by providing a space to honor the memory of our ancestors and friends gone too soon. We build community towards a brighter future for our young people.

Reflection + Meditation
Honor the memory of a loved one by taking the time to nurture the present and the living. We reflect and pay tribute with an interactive ofrenda.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016
3:00-6 pm: Face Painting
5:30 pm: Youth Performances
6-7 pm: Community Procession
7-8 pm: Refreshments

Pilsen, Presente
October-November 2016
A project documenting neighborhood history through large-scale photos. Find out how you can participate:
Pilsen Open Studios
Look for us during the Art Walk and the Annual Pumpkin Patch. Swing by Dvorak Park for a day of hands-on activities focused on Dia De Muertos. Look for the schedule at

Muertos de la Risa is presented as part of the Chicago Park District’s Night Out in the Parks series, supported by Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Resource or Vendors Booths:


November 2, 2016
3:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Elevarte Community Studio


Elevarte Community Studio
1119 W Cullerton St
Chicago, IL 60608 United States

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