Maxwell Street Market — Special Events

June – October
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Join us for special music, dance and family-friendly activities.


Sugar Skulls

Sunday, October 31, 10am-2pm


Día de los Muertos Celebration

The Day of the Dead commemoration is FREE family fun featuring traditional arts and crafts, pumpkin decorating, live music and more! The event will celebrate the Day of the Dead, a traditional Mexican holiday combining ancient Aztec customs of remembering ancestors during “All Soul’s Day.” Costumes are welcome.

10am–2pm Arts Activities (while supplies last)

  • 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.
  • Los Vicios de PapáMarigold Flower Making – Pilsen Arts & Community House will lead participants in making tissue paper flowers, a tradition element to add to your home altar.
  • Family Portraits – Local artist William Estrada will capture special family moments and provide a free family portrait to commemorate the day.
  • Free pumpkins to decorate and take home and more!

Live Music and Dance Performances

  • 10-11am: Cielito Lindo As seen on Nickelodeon’s America’s Most Musical Family, WGN, Univision, and Chicago Tonight, Cielito Lindo is a modern Latino mariachi group formed by the Lucero family.
  • 11–11:45am: Ballet Folklorico de Chicago Ballet Folklorico de Chicago is a non-profit Mexican folkloric dance organization providing cultural and dance instruction on the north side of Chicago.
  • 12-2pm: Los Vicios De Papá is a high energy Latin Ska fusion band combining elements of cumbia and reggae which will get the crowd dancing.