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For the past two months I have been working on a little side project, interning on the Public Relations committee for the Fiesta del Sol.

What on earth is “Fiesta del Sol?” you may ask.  Well it is the largest Latino festival in the midwest, celebrating its 39th anniversary this year.  The festival is held in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago on Cermak road between Morgan and Ashland (9 whole blocks).  Fiesta del Sol is a celebration of hispanic culture, its family friendly (no tobacco or alcohol) and is free of admission.

By the way… Its this weekend!!  I would certainly recommend that you come by and check it out for yourself.  Here is some of what the festival has to offer this year (in order of what is most of interest to me!)

***The PR Booth (my booth!) has a lot of exciting things going on that you should, above all, definitely check out!  Get a raffle ticket for the chance to win an iPod Touch; Get your photo taken with friends in front of the Fiesta Del Sol backdrop; Write on our memory wall; get maps and information; participate in a tee-shirt contest (judged on Sunday) and most importantly: Get your Fiesta del Sol 2011 wristband for $2… only sold here!  (All proceeds go back into the operating budget for next year)

1. The best Mexican food that you can find in the city.  Pilsen is a Latino neighborhood, so the food is authentic and 100% delicious.

2.  House of Sol – Love house music?  House of Sol is completely free and features some of the best artists and djs representing Chicago house music.  Check out the lineup HERE.

3.  Art Pavillion – Featuring the work of local artists and today (Thursday July 28) and Saturday will also include workshops led by the artists featured in the pavillion.

• Alebrijes workshop (brightly colored Mexican folk art sculptures of fantastical creatures)

• Migajon making  (a traditional craft using bread paste dough molded into useful and decorative objects such as flowers.  (Friday, July 29th at 4-5pm, Saturday, July 30th at 12-1pm and 4pm-5pm, Sunday, July 31st at 2pm-3pm and 5pm-6pm).

• Native story telling from Mexico

• Reading of Birth Symbols (all four days)

4. Children’s Area – Fiesta del Sol is family friendly.  The children’s area allows for children to experience the festival by participating in arts & crafts, playing games, and best of all receiving free children’s books!

5.  College Fair – Representatives from Northern Illinois University, Devry University, East West University, National Louis University, and North Eastern Illinois University will be there to speak to students.  There will be information about financial aid as well as information for undocumented students.  Don’t miss the opportunity to win gift cards, a bookbag with school supplies, and other prizes! Check them out on YouTube.

6.  Soccer Tournaments – Will be held at ChiTown Futbol for kids of all ages. Thurs. July 28 4:30pm-7pm; Fri. July 29 4:30pm-10pm; Sat. July 30 10am-7pm; Sun. July 31 10am-4pm –FINALS.

7.  Carnival Rides – Mega Passes are available for $45.00. Your mega pass will include UNLIMITED rides for the entire FOUR days! Call: 312-666-2663 ext 224 to secure one.

8.  Civil Rights for Immigrants booth (located next to the PR booth) – On Saturday, July 30 at Fiesta del Sol, CRI Comm. (PNCC) will be hosting a series of “Immigration Is My Fight” workshops, which will focus on immigrant rights for the following topics: Education, Workers, Law Enforcement, and Health.  From 11-2 p.m. there will be a Citizenship Workshop where guests can receive help completing applications, and a lawyer will also be there to help answer any questions. At 7 p.m. on the Main Stage, guest speaker Luis Gutierrez will be addressing the topic of Immigration Reform. There will also be Dream Act pamphlets for students.

9.  The Festival also has two other stages that have local and traditional artists and bands that preform.  Line up for the MAIN STAGE and for the 2nd STAGE.

When:

Thurs: 5:00 pm 10:00 pm
Fri – Sat: 11:00 am 11:00 pm
Sun: 11:00 am 10:00 pm

Cost of Admission: $0

Parking: $5 parking will be available at parking lots on 21st and Morgan, Cermak and Canalport, and Cermak and Loomis.

Public Transportation: Take the CTA Pink Line to 18th Street.  You can also take CTA busses #8 Halsted (North-South), #9 Ashland (North-South), #21 Cermak (East-West) and #60 Blue Island.

More information:

Fiesta del Sol:   Website.   Facebook.   Twitter.

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