The following is a selection of Latin American and Latino museums, cultural organizations, and publications in Chicago. This list is by no means exhaustive, but seeks to offer an introduction to the variety of resources available in the city.
National Museum of Mexican Art
Today, the National Museum of Mexican Art stands out as one of the most prominent first-voice institutions for Mexican art and culture in the United States. The museum is home to one of the country’s largest Mexican art collections, including more than 7,000 seminal pieces from ancient Mexico to the present. The National Museum of Mexican Art also hosts cultural programs—including symposia, theater, dance, music, authors, and performance companies—that share the rich diversity of Mexican culture. The National Museum of Mexican Art defines Mexican culture as sin fronteras (without borders), and their programs and exhibitions capture the wide range of Mexican cultural expressions and art forms, from ancient to modern and on both sides of the border.
Instituto Cervantes in Chicago
Instituto Cervantes is an institution founded by Spain in 1991 to teach and promote the language and culture of Spain as well as the coofficial languages of Spain and Spanish-speaking countries. The Instituto Cervantes is present in almost over 70 cities from 40 countries spread out in the five continents. The work of the Instituto Cervantes is guided by representatives of the scholarly, cultural, and literary communities of Spain and Hispanic America. In Chicago, the Institute collaborates with museums, galleries, theaters, publishers, and other cultural institutions from Illinois, as well as institutions from Spain and Latin America. The Instituto also organizes the DELE (Spanish as a Foreign Language Exams) as well as issuing the official Spanish Language Certificates and Diplomas to our students.
National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture
Located in Humboldt Park, in the heart of Chicago’s Puerto Rican community, the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture (NMPRAC) is the only self-standing cultural institution in the nation devoted to showcasing Puerto Rican arts and historic exhibitions year-round. Founded in 2001 by members of Chicago’s Puerto Rican community and local supporters of arts and culture, NMPRAC serves as a one-of-a-kind institution that celebrates the best of Puerto Rico’s identity and heritage. Since its inception, NMPRAC has offered a variety of quality community arts and cultural programming, including visual art exhibitions, hands-on community arts workshops, films in the park, and an annual outdoor fine arts and crafts festival.
Arte y Vida Chicago
Arte y Vida Chicago is dedicated to fostering cultural diversity through the celebration and promotion of Hispanic art and culture. Arteyvidachicago.com provides the only calendar of events dedicated entirely to Hispanic art and cultural events in Chicago and nearby suburbs.
International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago
The International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago (ILCC) is a Pan-Latino, nonprofit, multidisciplinary arts organization dedicated to developing, promoting, and increasing awareness of Latino cultures among Latinos and other communities by presenting a wide variety of art forms including film, music, dance, visual arts, comedy, and theater. The ILCC, originally founded as Chicago Latino Cinema, attained not-for-profit status in 1987, at which time it fulfilled its mission of promoting Latino culture primarily through the annual Chicago Latino Film Festival. The Center has been at the forefront of the movement to increase cultural opportunities for the entire Latino community and brings Latinos and non-Latinos together to share common cross-cultural experiences. For more than two decades, the Center has promoted the richness and great diversity found in more than 20 Latino nations.
Contratiempo NFP started as a monthly Spanish-language magazine conceived in April 2003 by a group of Latino writers living in Chicago, and it is now a non-profit, tax exempt literary and publishing center whose mission is to preserve and highlight the cultural identity and contributions of the Spanish-speaking Latino population of the United States. Contratiempo fulfills its mission by publishing revista contratiempo, conducting creative writing workshops, promoting Spanish-language literature written in Chicago through its Ediciones Vocesueltas imprint, and working collaboratively with other educational, literary, and cultural organizations to present events relative to this mission.
Hoy is a Spanish-language daily newspaper with an engaging and energetic format distributed in densely populated Hispanic areas of Chicago and highlighting local, national, and international news. Daily (M–F) sections: Local, National & International News, Business, Sports, Opinion, Entertainment, Pastimes and Classifieds. Weekly sections: Parenting (Mon), Education (Tue), Travel (Tue), Additional Sports Coverage (Tue), Health (Wed), Good Cooking (Wed), Local event pictures (Wed), Music (Thu), Auto (Fri), Real Estate (Fri).
Latin American Chamber of Commerce
The Latin American Chamber of Commerce aims to add value to its members and clients by providing professional and technical assistance as well as management education and training. It seeks to foster economic activities by facilitating business transactions between our members, private corporations, government entities, and authorities and to increase the level of employment of local area residents through entrepreneurship.
Chicago Religious Leadership Network on Latin America
The Chicago Religious Leadership Network on Latin America is an interfaith network of individuals and communities, equiping and mobilizing religious leaders, communities, and individuals to advance peace, justice, and human rights.
The Chicago Sinfonietta is a Chicago-based orchestra whose mission is to "serve as a national model for inclusiveness and innovation in classical music" and to "help America become a true cultural democracy, in which everyone can share fully in its cultural resources and in which all can contribute to it cultural richness." Its programming is reflective of Chicago’s rich Latin American communities.
Chicago Cultural Alliance
The Chicago Cultural Alliance is a consortium of Chicago-area ethnic museums and cultural centers whose mission is to effect social change and public understanding of cultural diversity through first voice perspectives.
Instituto Del Progreso Latino
Instituto Del Progreso Latino aims to contribute to the fullest development of Latino immigrants and their families through education, training, and employment that fosters full participation in the changing United States society while preserving cultural identity and dignity.
Little Mexico Film Festival
The Little Mexico Film Festival was established in 2010 to showcase original short films by independent filmmakers. From the seasoned filmmaker to the novice, the LiMe Film Festival welcomes all filmmaking enthusiasts. If you are looking for a constructive environment where you can showcase your work, felicidades!
La Llorona Gallery
La Llorona Gallery is located in the heart of the Lincoln Park community, northwest of downtown, bringing to the United States the works of known and unknown photographers, painters, sculptors, printmakers, and muralists.
Latinos United is a campaign led by Latino leaders and organizations from across the political spectrum, representing business, labor, community, faith, and civil rights advocates coming together to urge the passage of comprehensive immigration reform that is based on core principles.