Chicago Cultural Alliance offers wide range of ethnic programs

Chicago Cultural Alliance offers wide range of ethnic programs

Chicago Cultural Alliance offers wide range of ethnic programs

As usual, we have a ton of events for you to enjoy all around Chicago. Our online event listing is chock full of events hand picked just for you, including exhibitions, concerts, film screenings, workshops, and more!

It’s been hot out, so we’re taking a quick break from summer festival season to bring you a variety of indoors events. If you’re into socio-political commentary, delicious food and drink, or air conditioning, here are a couple of fresh new exhibits opening this Friday:

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Opening Friday, July 13 at 5 pm: The National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture, in partnership with Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center, hosts critically-acclaimed exhibit Circus of Absence. Exploring socio-political situations and Puerto Rican life, Circus of the Absence makes statements on life as a colony, shortages of political leadership, migrant movement, food scarcity, and much more in this unique collaborative program.
And opening Friday, July 13 at 7 pm: Explore the history of German Chicago, deliciously, with new permanent exhibit Brewers, Bakers, and Bratwurst at DANK Haus German American Cultural Center. This exhibit features artifacts from the famous Chicago Brauhaus, which closed last winter after 52 years of business. Also, don’t miss a Friday, July 27 cooking class on how to make sausage, German style.
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Scarlet Waters / Patriot Nations
Open NowTrickster Art Gallery
190 S. Roselle Rd.
Schaumburg, IL 60193Trickster Gallery hosts two exhibits: Scarlet Waters: D-Day on Omaha Beach (showing until December) and the Smithsonian’s Patriot Nations: Native Americans in Our Nation’s Armed Forces (showing until September).Learn more »Exhibition Opening: A Photographic Exhibition of Summer in Chicago
Open Now South Side Community Art Center
3831 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60653The South Side Community Art Center presents a photo exhibition spotlighting summer as shot by the Chicago Alliance of African American Photographers.Learn more »

An Afternoon of Islamic Art

Sunday, July 15 from 3 – 5 pm

Muslim American Leadership Alliance
At WeWork River North
111 W. Illinois St.
Chicago, IL 60654

Join the Muslim American Leadership Alliance for a talk exploring the history and heritage of Islamic art.

$15 tickets

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Barrio Arts Fest 2018
Saturday and Sunday, July 14 and 15National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture
3015 W. Division St.
Chicago, IL 60622Enjoy the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture’s Barrio Arts Fest 2018, featuring food trucks, a classic car show, traditional dance and music performances, and much more.


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Juan Pablo Diaz y su Orquesta
Friday, July 20 at 7:30 pmSegundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center
4046 W. Armitage Ave.
Chicago, IL 60639Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center hosts a special performance by Grammy-nominated salsa musician and composer Juan Pablo Diaz.Tickets $15Learn more »

The Byrne Brothers

Friday, July 27 at 7 pm

Irish American Heritage Center
4626 N. Knox Ave.

Chicago, IL 60630

The Irish American Heritage Center hosts young Irish performers The Byrne Brothers for a traditional Irish music and dance performance.


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Films, Talks, & More» View all events here

July Movie Night – Entrapment
Tuesday, July 17 from 6 – 10 pmChicago Scots
2800 Des Plaines Ave.
North Riverside, IL 60546Join the Chicago Scots for dinner and a movie. On view: Entrapment, the 1999 thriller starring Sean Connery.Learn more »

Japanese War Brides in Post World War II America
Tuesday, July 24 from 6:30 – 8 pmChicago Japanese American Service Committee
4427 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60640The Chicago Japanese American Service Committee presents a talk on Japanese “War Brides”, or women who immigrated to the United States after World War II as brides to American servicemen. Learn more »

Undocumented Resource Fair
Saturday, July 28 from 12 – 4 pmLatinos Progresando
At Gallery 400
400 S. Peoria St.
Chicago, IL 60607Join Latinos Progresando and partners for Undocumented Resource Fair, an open-to-all community celebration bringing together Dreamers, activists, the undocumented, and the organizations that support them for a day of information and community building.Learn more »


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