Free Day of the Dead Celebration Maxwell Street Market
When: Sunday, November 3, 2019 10am–2pm
Where: Maxwell Street Market, 800 S. Desplaines St.
The the Day of the Dead will include a mural dedication, art workshops, music, great food and more!
Arts Activities 10am–2pm (or while supplies last) | Music 12:30–1:45pm
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
Son Monarcas is a Latin Folk Fusion ensemble led by Mercedes Inez Martinez and Irekani Ferreyra. Like that of the Monarch Butterfly, they take you on a musical migration from the USA to Latin America by fusing indie soul with traditional son & cumbia. Son Monarcas is comprised of musicians who are well-versed in the Afro-Mestizo genres of folk music from Latin America and blend the traditional with the contemporary by creating original arrangements of “son” while retaining the foundation of the traditional style. Their original compositions include influences of Cumbia, Samba, Jazz and Experimental music in English and Spanish.
History of Maxwell Street Market per the Chicago Public Library
- Chicago’s Maxwell Street Market s heyday was between the 1930s and the 1960s.
- Maxwell Street Market started within a few blocks on the Near West Side in a heavily immigrant neighborhood not far from Jane Addams’ settlement house around Maxwell and Union Streets.
- The Maxwell Street Market began around the 1870s, but it was not until 1912 that Chicago passed an ordinance making it an official public market.
- Located outside of the central business district, the market was free from the barriers that could deter would-be pushcart owners. Clientele was welcome from all walks of life and Maxwell Street quickly became a thriving produce and goods market.
- In the 1990s, the University of Illinois at Chicago expanded and ended the market. The city designated Canal Street as the market’s new location. The name of the market did not change after relocation.