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Guide To Celebrating Mexican Independence Day

September 8, 2011 2:00 PM

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Mexican Flag

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Mexican Flag

(credit: William Thomas Cain/Getty Images)

¡Viva México!

It’s time again to celebrate Hidalgo y Costilla’s cry for independence, which allowed him to single-handedly start the Mexican War for Independence just over two hundred years ago. What does this mean to you? Great historical stories, amazing Mexican food right here in Chicago, and a great parade. Want to know how to celebrate El Grito de la Independencia in style (while having fun doin’ it)? Then read on…

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Parades Rock

Mexican Independence Day Parade
Columbus Dr. & Balbo Dr., Chicago
September 10th
Starts at noon
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Parades really do rock! Head downtown next to Buckingham Fountain for a day of fun at the Mexican Independence Day Parade.

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(credit: National Museum of Mexican Art)


National Museum of Mexican Art
1852 West 19th Street
Chicago, IL 60608
(312) 738-1503

Maybe you want to spend your Mexican Independence Day taking in Mexican culture. There’s no better place than the National Museum of Mexican Art, a free museum that is ready and willing to impart a lesson on Mexican heritage you won’t soon forget. Check out their Day of the Dead exhibit and find out how you can honor loved ones that have passed.


Chicago, with its many diverse neighborhoods, has quite a few Latino neighborhoods worth visiting, from Logan Square to Pilsen. Why not familiarize yourself with one you’ve never been to? Learn a bit about Chicago’s Mexican history by visiting Pilsen, using our Guide To Family Fun In Pilsen to help you along your way.

Azteca de Oro Mexican Grill

(credit: Azteca de Oro Mexican Grill)


From quick and greasy, to authentic and tasty, Chicago has a myriad of Mexican food. Why not try it all? Here’s a list of articles that will lead you to all the Mexican cuisine you can eat:

* Best Mexican Restaurants In Chicago

* Chicago’s Best Fish Tacos

* Best Bets For Late-Night Mexican

* Best Burritos Around Logan Square

And there you have it! All the info you need for a great Mexican Independence Day (personally, I’m going to make it a Mexican Independence Week). Hopefully we covered all the best parts, everything you wanted. Feel free to tell us otherwise in the comments section though!
Mason Johnson, CBS Local Chicago
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  • bo

    Do mexicans know that a black man was a huge contributer during that war and if it were not for him who knows what would have became of this…

    • Mason Johnson

      Awesome! The more the merrier!

    • Cman

      ??? please explain??? black man? major contributer?? what war??? What black man??

  • JG

    I don’t think Mexico has nothing agains skin tones given that the majority has olive to dark skin and when you say a black person it means nothing to us. Miguel Hidalgo was Spanish and we don’t care, the indigenous people who fought the war were clearly indigenous and if you say a black person contributed to it, yeah most likely there were plenty of black people… just let me remind you not all black people are US African Americans…. and except for the US, being black, white, brown or whatever skin tone you have, it has no major relevance

  • sergio

    right on jg, viva mexico!!!!

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