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Fiesta del Sol

By Chuck Sudo in Arts & Entertainment on Jul 28, 2007 4:00PM

2007_07_fiesta_del_sol.jpgWe completely forgot to mention that this weekend is the annual Fiesta del Sol in Pilsen. Now in its 35th year, proceeds from Fiesta del Sol benefit the Pilsen Neighbors Community Council. Over the course of the PNCC's history, they've helped in the formation of Benito Juarez High School, Alivio Medical Center, and today is a major lobby for immigration reform and provides college scholarships for deserving students.

Fiesta del Sol is the largest non-smoking, alcohol-free event of its kind in the Midwest, celebrating the culture, music, art, and culinary traditions of Chicago's Mexican-American community. From Morgan to Loomis, Cermak Road is transformed into a carnival of sights, sounds, and smells. Nearly 1.5 million people attend Fiesta del Sol, and it's a great way for the curious to get an idea of what a great neighborhood Pilsen truly is. Fiesta del Sol runs from 11 a.m. through 11 p.m. this evening, and 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. tomorrow.