In Chicago This Week: Dia de los Muertos Events

The sudden slew of snow in Chicago this morning won’t be putting a stop to all the celebrations for Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead). And because there’s so much going on, we’ve put together a list of events where you can either learn more about this special occasion and/or join in the festivities. Please remember: Dia de los Muertos is not Halloween.


Wednesday, October 30

Dia de Muertos: Paint & Sip

Relax, paint, and drink tequila! La Tequilería is excited to announce our Paint and Sip Night with VIP Paints. In celebration of Día de los Muertos, we will be painting a sugar skull in honor of those who have passed on. All paint and materials will be included and no prior paint experience is necessary! Join us for an educational and fun night. Hornitos Tequila will be featured in our exclusive Día de los Muertos cocktail that is included in the ticket price! A $60 ticket includes: all paint, all painting materials, 90 minute paint session, and our special Día de los Muertos cocktail made with Hornitos.

Live music from A Flor De Piel to follow!

Thursday, October 31

Fiesta! Day of the Dead!

Chicago House is pleased to present ¡Fiesta! Day of the Dead! (LBTQ+ Event) a free event featuring…

Chicago House is partnering with LULAC, CALOR, Latino Outreach and Understanding Division, FLUX, Esperanza Health Centers, Corazon Community Services, and Revolution Brewing. For more information on tabling, performances or sponsorship please email

Friday, November 1

Calaveras y Palmeras 2019! A Day of the Dead party

Día de Muertos is almost here and we’re celebrating estilo Sonorama! We’ll be heating up the dance floor on Friday, November 1st with the best vintage Latin sounds, hand-picked by some of the finest record collectors and selectors from Mexico and the US. Día de Muertos is observed on November 1st and 2nd and it is recognized as a national holiday in Mexico. Día de Muertos is a celebratory occasion and a chance to honor those who have passed. Sonorama remembers some of our favorite musicians with a night of dancing and a dedicated altar to the lost heroes of Latin American music.

Plus, guests can enjoy face painting on-site for a small fee. Gen Admission: $10 Purchase tickets:

This event is proudly brought to you by Lumpen Radio and (((SONORAMA))) . #eldiscoescultura Marz Community Brewing will be on deck pouring a special selection of fresh brews on tap.

THE SELECTORS: Love-Maker(Sabrosonico Mexico) | Polvo de Muertos (Ciudad Juarez, Mexico) | Bumbac Joe (Tropical Futurism, Parlant Parlant) |
Tropico! Djs (ActionPat & Sñr Eddy) | Visuals by Giroscopio | MERCADITO by Mexitco | Sonorama Vinyl record pop-up

¡Día de los Muertos en Berwyn!

This year the Berwyn Public Art Initiative is collaborating with talented local artists and dedicated residents to bring the first Día de los Muertos Art Walk and Procession to Berwyn! You will enjoy curated art exhibitions, youth mariachi bands and youth folkloric dance performances, view unique community family ofrendas, and participate in a Procession led by local Mexica danzantes Calpulli Ocelotl-Cihuacoatl, featuring Mexican folk art and colorfully decorated mini-floats.

The event kicks off on Friday, Nov. 1st at 5:00 pm at Bounce Sports, 3320 Grove Avenue, with youth art exhibition and performances by the students of District 98, 100 and Morton West High School. At 6:30 pm we will gather outside of James Joyce Irish Pub, 7138 Windsor Avenue, where the Procession will start at 7:00 pm and continue west along Windsor Avenue to Grove Street. Join the procession in your best Dia de los Muertos attire! No Halloween costumes please.

Art Walk, Procession, and Workshops are GRATIS/FREE to the community. Are you a local artist or resident that wants to volunteer?
Interested in a setting up a Family Ofrenda? Business sponsorship opportunities are still available!

Día de los Muertos Pachanga

360 CHICAGO Observation Deck presents, in partnership with Pachanga and Avion Tequila: Día de los Muertos Pachanga.

Enjoy this Mexican holiday that dates centuries from the height of the historic and former John Hancock’s Center 94th floor. Tickets include admission to the 94th floor observation deck and TILT, Chicago’s highest thrill ride and dance to live latin music by Chicago’s Calaveras LD playing live Cumbias, Salsa, Merengue, y mucho más!

Enjoy our Tianguis/Artist Market with art, jewelry, crafts, prints and much more from Chicago’s local and prominent artisans. Special Day of the Dead altar curated by 360 Chicago. Come and witness this beautiful Mexican tradition with 360 Chicago.

Pachanga Deejays ft. Live Percussionist Mark Andersen
Memo Duarte | Dewey Lo Hace | Roger McFly

Live Performances by Calaveras LD + El Tianguis/Artist Market Curated by Secret Heart Photography + Enjoy and sample a Día de Los Muertos Margarita Cocktail by Avión Tequila.

Muertos Day

A night to celebrate our dead with your Latin Chicago bands
The Feral Ghostsst, Kelroyy and RONIN and Dj Patrixia set in between bands, bringing the cumbia, synth wave and Latin American sounds brought to you by Reeds Local.

Juntos: Dia De los Muertos Karaoke Dance Party at 5 Rabbit

We celebrate Day of the Dead for our November edition of “El Canto del Conejo” by paying karaoke tribute to an iconic photo of 4 of Latin America’s greatest singers who through their careers defined our generations. With the recent passings of both Jose Jose and Camilo Sesto in September, they both join Juan Gabriel and Rocio Durcal as giants who we chose to celebrate this year for our Day of the Dead celebration at 5 Rabbit Cervecería.

Hosted by Pablo Serrano from The People’s Stage Karaoke, the night promises to be an eclectic night of singing and dancing as we bring together music from the past, present and future. Event is FREE but early arrival is recommended. Food will be available on site for those interested in dinner.

Ample parking is available at the L&L Hardwood lot across 74th street. Limited reservations available.

9th Annual dia de Los Muertos Ball

Join us for an evening of entertainment and dancing. Our amazing annual event includes entertainment, dinner and open bar. “El Mercado” to purchase Mexican merchandise, drawing, and much more fun!
All funds will be utilized to continue providing bilingual and bicultural behavioral health services to benefit our communities in need.
For tickets and more information contact us at 773-770-5150

Entre Vivos Muertos @ Bar 171

¡Ven y disfruta de una noche espectacular llena de música, vida, muerte y amor! Una noche para celebrar el amor por la música y la vida y para recordar a nuestros muertos y los recuerdos que dejaron atrás.

Come and enjoy a spectacular night filled with music, life, death and love! A night to celebrate the love for music and life and to remember our dead and the memories they left behind

Performances by: Los 3 Bad Hombres | Tizoc | Pure Remedy | Media Luna

Photographer Jose Arredondo will be taking pictures! Come out and support our local bands! 21+ | $7 @ the door

Brought to you by Meli A. Juarez from Between Historias | Nora Leon from Nora’s Playlist

Dia de Los Muertos Art & Music Show

Celebrate Dia de Los Muertos at Outta Space. LIVE MUSIC with Avantist, Creative Control, Showbomb. ART BY @artejaqui @vampkira @angmir_hechoconcarino @markzeesartclub @monstrochika @velazqu80 @meshikanita (& vending) @lago1810 (& vending) @colorfulartxeva (& vending) @beautifullydead_bydalilaperez (& vending) | Angelena Coon

VENDING BY @ollinpapalotl_by_tlanezxochitl @jose_art @belen_arteceramica

Saturday, November 2

Día de los Muertos Storytime & Book Giveaway at Open Books Pilsen

November 2nd from 11am – 12 noon, Open Books Pilsen welcomes all to a very special Día de los Muertos Storytime! There will be live music from Son Jarocho group A Flor de Piel, bi-lingual readings, book giveaway, arts & crafts, face painting and more!

¡Vengan a celebrar el Dia de Los Muertos en Open Books Pilsen! Estaremos leeyendo cuentos en bilingue, haciendo creatividades, regalando libros y disfrutando de la musica jarocha con grupo musical A Flor de Piel. ¡No se lo pierdan!

Día de los Muertos: Love Never Dies Ball

The National Museum of Mexican Art’s Auxiliary Board cordially invites you to join us for a special celebration that honors life and the spirits of los muertos. Enjoy a spectacular fall event with live music, delicious culinary treats, beverages, and a chance to win exciting prizes, all in support of the Museum’s programs.

Tickets: • Regular price (through November 1): $125 | • At the door: $150

Muevelo at Simone’s – Day of the Dead event

► November 2 ► Muevelo! (Dia de Los Muertos) ► DSVLDS Night!

▸ 2 rooms of music (Reggaeton / HipHop / House / Latin and more)

Lineup: Los Dsvlds | CeaseDays | Lite | Spinnin Sotelo | Las Sucixs | Frankie French | 21+ | 9pm-3am | Free before 9pm $5 after

Dos Santos, Lester Rey, DJ Que.Madre (Chulita Vinyl Club)

On this November 2nd , Dos Santos, Lester Rey, and Que Madre will be honoring Día de Muertos/Día de Ánimas with a homecoming show at Sleeping Village which they are calling “Santa Vida” (sacred life)—as they offer up a common space of celebration, of fellowship, and of partying with a purpose in remembrance of life against the grain of all forms of violence. The night will feature music, local vendors, and live visuals.

After nearly a year-and-a-half of touring in support of their critically-acclaimed album “Logos,” Dos Santos returns home to Chicago for their first club show since December 2018. From dissonant cumbia to jazz-tinged psychedelia, Dos Santos is at the forefront of a new era of Latinx alternative music, deftly bridging pan-Latin and progressive sounds to capture the idealized aesthetics of 21st-century América. On November 2nd the quintet will showcase new material from their forthcoming International Anthem release.

Named one of the top-five Latinx Chicago artists to watch in 2019 by NPR, Boricua neo-soul singer and percussionist Lester Rey has emerged as one of Chicago’s most politically engaged artistic voices. His Caribbean-centric, urbano, and R&B inflected sound is at once silky-smooth and hard-hitting, guaranteed to make you both think and groove hard. He recently linked up with Atlanta-based Nino Augustine to produce “Amigo,” an anthem of diasporic solidarity, spotlighting the shared cultural and sonic heritage between Puerto Rico and Panama. He will be performing with a host of special guests on November 2nd .

Los Angeles-based DJ Que Madre is part of the trail-blazing Chulita Vinyl Club (CVC). Launched in 2014, CVC is a sound selector collective made up of women, gender-non-conforming, non-binary, LGBTQ+ and self-identifying people of color. With chapters across Texas and California, this progressive and inclusive collective aims to provide a safe space for empowerment and togetherness, and to utilize music and vinyl as a form of resistance against the silencing of Latinx voices. Guided by the mantra “El Disco es Cultura,” Que Madre centers Latinx sounds of all genres without borders.

40th Annual Muertos de la Risa

Muertos de la Risa, Juntos We Rise – The 40th 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 face painting, 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 Community + Honor our ancestors – In a city that is sometimes too hostile, we emphasize support and solidarity of marginalized communities. To reach success they must rise above systematic challenges, violence and oppressive expectations. We are uniting communities and providing a space to honor the memory of our ancestors and friends gone too soon. Together we can create a brighter future for our communities and young people. Juntos we rise.

Dia De Los Muertos Free Event!

Dia De Los Muertos event at Manuel Perez Jr. Memorial Plaza, (4345 W 26th St Chicago) 1pm-6pm
Live Music! Face Painting! Community Offrendas and more 🙂


Villarte Recorrido de Ofrendas 2019

VillArte-Chicago La Villita is hosting the 14th Annual Little Village Arts Fest 2019 with its 4th Recorrido de Ofrendas, a celebration of the Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) tradition. This one-day festival will take place on Saturday, November 2, 2019 from 12pm – 5pm, along 26th Street.

Participating locations with offends & FREE workshops:
El Nopal | Analia’s Sala Gallery – in memory of tAt | Libreria Girón |
Pepe’s Locksmith & Hardware | La Michoakana Golden |
OPEN Center for the Arts | The Farm on Ogden | Manuel Perez Jr. Memorial Plaza | Ageless arts tattoo & body piercing | Little Village Library Branch – FREE WORKSHOP | Toman Library – FREE WORKSHOP

Sponsored by : Just Results Law Group

VillArte-Chicago La Villita presenta el 14° Festival Anual de Arte de La Villita 2019 con su 4to Recorrido de Ofrendas, una celebración de la tradición del Día de los Muertos. Este festival de un dia, se llevará acabo el sábado 2 de noviembre de 2019 de 12pm a 5 pm, a lo largo del corredor comercial de la calle 26.

Noche de Muertos at Ojo de Fortuna

Noche de Muertos at Ojo de Fortuna!!!! Join us for a fun, interactive and educational event on what makes this day so special. We will have activities for everyone, food, traditional Ponche, face painting, music and a community Altar so that your loved ones can also join the fun!

A special workshop from 5pm-6pm on the Orgins and Traditions of Dia de Muertos lead by Laura Gonzalez, who has studied this holiday for over 30 years. Come celebrate the life of your loved one with us, eat delicious food, drink ponche and party like only Ojo de Fortuna knows how!!!

Dia de Muertos Art activities 3-4:45pm $5 donation
Calavera Face painting 3-5pm & 6-8pm $10
Food and Drinks $5-10

Feel free to bring a photo of your loved ones to put on our community altar that day so we can celebrate together. Offerings for the Ofrenda are welcome: pan de muerto, drinks, fruit, flowers.

Dia De Los Muertos Celebration

Join us on November 2nd for our annual all ages Dia de Los Muertos celebration!

• Drink specials throughout the day
• Music
• Face Painting
• Sweet treats (while supplies last)
• Photo props and pictures
• and more!

Reservations are highly recommended for this event! Please call 773-227-5993 to make your reservation.

Dia de los Muertos – La Catrina Celebration

Disfrute de la celebración del Dia de los Muertos con su familia. Habrá comida, entretenimiento, rifas y mucho más. No se pierda la exhibición de más de 200 Catrinas creadas por las familias de nuestra comunidad. ¡Evento gratuito!

Join us with your family for the cultural celebration of the Day of the Dead. We will have food, entertainment, raffles and much more. Don’t miss “La Catrina “Exhibition, featuring over 200 created by the families in our community. This is a free event!

Aviaro: Dia de Muertos

AVIARIO – A large enclosure where birds are allowed to fly but remain caged. Join us at The Hoxton Chicago for Día de Muertos / Day of the Dead as we honor the plight of undocumented immigrants and toast our returning souls through art, music, drinks, and design.

Artist Sentrock partners up with Comercio Popular’s own Blablobloom to bring you an original installation honoring the spiritual journey of those dead… and alive. Custom drinks by Don Julio Tequila | Micheladas by 5 Rabbit Cervecería | Altar by Loba Pastry + Coffee | DJ sets by (((SONORAMA))) & Fanita Banana

AND from Mexico City our amigxs Pay’s | JPEG | Alysta Clothing
…bring you a one-night only mercado! No cover, but must register in event link (click on image above).

Sunday, November 3

Dia de Los Muertos Brunch

Celebrate our traditions with a brunch and costume party. Honor an ancestor at our community altar.

Inspired by our event last year, Cocktails Con Comadres will be hosting a Day of the Dead brunch and costume party at De Colores Galeria Restaurant in partnership with Modern Brown Girl and Healthy Hood. Beverage sponsor by Prolijo Mezcal. Join us in honoring a loved one or ancestor by bringing a picture to add to our community altar. A portion of the proceeds to benefit Healthy Hood. Ticket includes a family style brunch with a two beverage limit.

Dia de los Muertos at Maxwell Street Market

Join us for our 3rd annual celebration of Día de los Muertos / Day of the Dead. This holiday is a time to remember and celebrate loved ones who have passed on. We’ll have many of the traditional elements to help you honor the departed, from altar making to sugar skull decorating and more.

• Art Making 10am–2pm | Altars / Ofrendas – Create your own altar to design and take home! Local artist Patricia Dominguez will provide altars and have decorative elements for purchase. Bring your own photos or objects to personalize the altars and make it special.
Sugar Skulls – Local artist Araceli Carrillo will guide participants in decorating sugar skulls or calaveras. These colorful skulls have become one of the most popular signifiers of Day of the Dead.
In honor of the harvest season, we will have free pumpkins to decorate and take home.

• Workshops by National Museum of Mexican Art 10am–2pm | The Education Department and Yollocalli Arts Reach of the National Museum of Mexican Art host biweekly art activities at the Maxwell Street Market. To celebrate the Day of the Dead, today’s activities will include:

A Papel Picado workshop – create a beautiful and colorful tissue paper design. A Community Ofrenda – add to our centerpiece altar anything that represents your loved ones, such as copies of photos or their favorite food or drink. Selfie Stations – take a photo with colorful symbols of this holiday celebration. • Live music by Son Monarcas 12:30–1:45pm

Event is rain or shine. All art making while supplies last. Mark your calendar and learn more at Maxwell Street Market is presented by Humana and programmed by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.

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