How to Celebrate Day of the Dead in Chicago

Let’s get one thing straight: Day of the Dead is not Halloween’s counterpart. It’s actually a unique and separate welcoming back of those who have passed on, celebrated in Mexico, parts of Latin America, and in communities where Mexican-Americans dwell. Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos, brings forth the idea that our loved ones visit us in spirit once a year to dance, play, and comfort family members still living on earth.

Families often build ofrendas to celebrate Dia de los Muertos, which are sacred alters created every year to honor the dead, in their homes and at public festivals. If you take part in the celebration, you’ll also see plenty of calacas (representation of skeletons) and calaveras (which take the form of sugar skulls). All are friendly and peaceful aspects of Day of the Dead celebrations.

If you are Mexican or Mexican-American and looking for ways to commemorate Day of the Dead in Chicago, UrbanMatter has you covered with our guide to celebrating Dia de los Muertos.

Dia de los Muertos Face Painting Activities & Sugar Skulls

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Photo Credit: National Museum of Mexican Art

Day of the Dead Sugar Skull Painting | $35
Tuesday, October 22, Thursday, October 24, Tuesday, October 29 | 7 – 9 pm @ Cafe Con Leche

BYOB Dine & Paint – Day of the Dead Sugar Skull | $40
Sunday, October 27 | 4 – 7 pm @ Museica’s Art Studio

Dia de Los Muertos: Paint & Sip | $60
Wednesday, October 30 | 7 – 9 pm @ La Tequileria

Arte De Nacional – Día de Muertos | $55
Thursday, October 31 | 6 – 9 pm @ Nacional 27

Free Day of The Dead-themed Face Painting
Saturday, November 2 | 3 – 6 pm @ La Josie

Day of the Dead Sip and Paint | $30
Saturday, November 2 | 6:30 – 9 pm @ Dionne Victoria Studios, INC. (Lower Level of Zhou B Art Center)

Face Mask Painting Day of the Dead – Paint & Sip Party | $25
Saturday, November 2 | 6:30 – 8:30 pm @ Bar 171

Day of the Dead Parties & Bar Crawls

Photo Credit: Brew-Ja Crawl via Pilsen Fest

Dia de los Muertos | $55
Thursday, October 31 | 7 pm – 12 am @ Mercadito

Special Dia de los Muertos Cocktails
Friday – Saturday, November 1 – 2 | All Day @ La Josie

Muevelo – Day of the Dead (21+) | No Cover Before 10 pm
Saturday, November 2 | 9 pm – 3 am @ Simone’s

Urban Party: DAY of the DEAD Edition! (21+) | No Cover With Flier, Ticket, or Text
Saturday, November 2 | 10 pm – 3 am @ Prestige

Day of the Dead – Morten (21+) | No Cover Before 11:30 pm
Saturday, November 2 | 10 pm – 4 am @ PRYSM Nightclub

Brew-Ja Crawl (21+) | $25
Saturday, November 2 | 12 – 6 pm @ Pilsen

Dia de los Muertos Festivals & Celebrations

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Photo Credit: National Museum of Mexican Art

Day of the Dead Xicágo | $15
Sunday, October 27 | 3 – 8 pm @ National Museum of Mexican Art & Harrison Park

¡Fiesta! Day of the Dead (LGBTQ+ Event) | Free
Thursday, October 31 | 6 – 11 pm @ National Museum of Mexican Art

Day of the Dead | $5
Friday, November 1 | 4:30 – 11:30 pm @ Hairpin Arts Center

Villarte Recorrido de Ofrendas | Free
Saturday, November 2 | 12 – 5 pm @ 26th Street, Little Village

Dia De Los Muertos | Free
Saturday, November 2 | 1 – 6 pm @ Manuel Perez Jr. Memorial Plaza

Día de los Muertos: Love Never Dies Ball | $125
Saturday, November 2 | 6 – 10 pm @ National Museum of Mexican Art

Dia de los Muertos | Free
Sunday, November 3 | 9:30 am – 12:30 pm @ First Lutheran of the Trinity

Dia de los Muertos Physical Activities

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Photo Credit: UNO 5K – Carrera de los Muertos

Dawn of the Dead Yoga | $18
Saturday, October 26 | 9 – 10 am @ 360 CHICAGO

2019 Day of the Dead 1 Mile, 5K, 10K, 13.1, 26.2 | $20
Thursday, October 31 – Saturday, November 30 @ Virtual Runs

Carrera de los Muertos | $55
Saturday, November 2 | 8 am @ Benito Juarez High School

 

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