National Museum of Mexican Art
The Pilsen neighborhood offers many reasons to
visit, but expect even more as Dia de los Muertos-The Day of the
Starting at the National Museum of Mexican Art, you'll
find several large and beautiful altars created by artists and
families. The meaning and traditions behind the art make them
something very special. While at the museum, check out the many
activities for children, including Family Sundays, art classes and
special projects such as decorating sugar candy skulls and creating
Dia de los Muertos art of your own.
The gift shop there is a treasure trove, with something
for every pocketbook.
For younger children, seeing images of skulls and
skeletons presented as both comical and loving tributes may help
alleviate fears around Halloween. It's hard to be afraid of a skull
when you're going to decorate it with frosting and
Older kids and teens will be fascinated by the diversity
and detail of each altar. They will be drawn in by the spooky
nature of the skull masks and
calacas-skeleton figures often dressed as famous
characters, wrestlers, or in fancy costumes and set into silly
Make a day of your visit by strolling to 18th Street to
take in the local shops and murals. Pilsen, well known as a Chicago
Arts District, shows off its modern and traditional murals proudly.
The kids will have fun looking for them.
While there are many panaderias
and sweet shops in the neighborhood, for a special treat,
stop at Bombon Bakery. Choose a sweet to take home, from the
luxurious mini tres leches cake, jewel-like fruit tarts, flans and
rich red velvet cookies.
A short walk up the block brings you to two great places
to eat lunch or dinner: Nuevo Leon Resturant or el Milagro. Both
are very family friendly and you will quickly sit down to a hearty
meal. It is the perfect end to a day of celebrating Day of the Dead
and seeing the art and culture of Pilsen.
That is, until you get home to dig into your bakery
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