Día de los Muertos Events in Chicagoland

Learn more about the Day of the Dead with these local events.

Dating back to the Aztecs of Mexico, Día de Muertos (often back translated as Día de los Muertos) is a day for families to gather and remember their loved ones who have died. These celebrations include altars with photos and offerings, and often festivities at cemeteries.

Locally, you’re likely to see brightly colored skull candy, painted skull faces and pan de muerto (a traditional Day of the Dead bread). If you’re looking to get around the city and suburbs this year to learn about Día de los Muertos, there is plenty to do.

Día de Muertos, Memories & Offerings

Sept. 23-Dec. 11, 2022 

Head to the main gallery to see the museum’s 36th Day of the Dead exhibition to remember the individuals who died from COVID and other tragedies in the last year.

Sugar Skull City

Oct. 15-Nov. 6, 2022 

  • Address: Downtown Aurora
  • Cost: Free

Aurora Downtown is honoring Day of the Dead with Día de los Muertos art, activities, specials, videos, shopping and more.

Dia de los Muertos Tin Frame Workshop

Oct. 17, 2022 

Enjoy a family workshop with artist William Estrada to explore Dia de los Muertos and create tin frames to honor loved ones. Return to Marquette (Jacques) Park for the celebration on Nov. 4, 2022.

Day of the Dead Altar Demonstration & Discussion

Oct. 22, 2022 

Head to Plant Chicago to learn how to create a Day of the Dead altar and explore the origin, see a demonstration from Laura Gonzalez and more. Registration required.

Dia de los Muertos Celebration

Oct. 22, 29, 2022 

Learn the history of Dia de los Muertos and participate in the tradition of celebrating and sharing memories of loved ones who have passed. On Oct. 22, there will be artists, speakers and artisans from Mexico and Chicago at this workshop. On Oct. 29, there will be a pop-up art gallery. Registration required.

Dia de los Muertos Sugar Skull Workshop

Oct. 24, 2022 

Enjoy a family workshop with artist William Estrada to explore Dia de los Muertos and create sugar skulls to honor loved ones. Return to Marquette (Jacques) Park for the celebration on Nov. 4, 2022.

Day of the Dead, Dia de los Muertos, Celebration & Parade

Oct. 25, 2022 

Celebrate Dia de Los Muertos with dancing, a children’s parade and traditional Mexican music. Children of all ages are welcome. Registration required.

Día de los Muertos – Day of the Dead

Oct. 27, 2022 

Head to Blue Island for a Day of the Dead celebration featuring special guest Rita Arias-Jirasek. Make a craft to take home. Registration required.

Day of the Dead Celebration

Oct. 29, 2022

Enjoy a family-friendly event at Burnham (Daniel) Park to celebrate Dia de los Muertos. There will be dancing, face painting, making native seed balls and more.

Dia de los Muertos Halloween Party

Oct. 29, 2022

The Halloween party is Dia de Los Muertos themed. Make sure to wear your costume because there will be a costume contest. Also, a live band, palm readings, DJ, stilt walkers and more planned.

Día de los Muertos Xicágo 

Oct. 29, 2022

Celebrate Día de los Muertos by watching the museum and its surroundings transform into a beautiful space to remember loved ones. On this special day, guests can enjoy ofrendas created by community members, live musical performances, art activities and a large illuminated ofrenda projected outside of the museum.

Day of the Dead 5K Walk/Run

Oct. 30, 2022

Participate in a 5K run/walk to celebrate the Day of the Dead. Enjoy music and entertainment along the course. Also, the post-race celebration will have live music and food. Pre-registration required before Oct. 28, but you may register the day of the event. All registered runners will receive a commemorative T-shirt.

Dia De Los Muertos Community Offrenda

Oct. 31-Nov. 5, 2022

Stop by the Indian Prairie Public Library to leave a picture or memento of a loved one at its offrenda, located on the second floor. 

Dia de los Muertos Printmaking Workshop

Oct. 31, 2022

Enjoy a family workshop with artist William Estrada to use printmaking to explore themes of Dia de los Muertos to honor loved ones. Return to Marquette (Jacques) Park for the celebration on Nov. 4, 2022. 

In Person: Dia De los Muertos for Teens

Nov. 1, 2022

Grades 7-12 can make a Dia de los Muertos offrenda. Limited supply. Registration required.

Dia de los Muertos Celebration

Nov. 4, 2022

Enjoy a family-friendly Day of the Dead celebration honoring the lives of loved ones that have passed away. There will be music, games and more.

Dia De Los Muertos Celebration!

Nov. 4, 2022

Families and friends are invited to join a Dia De los Muertos celebration with food, art and festivities. Registration required.

Day of the Dead Celebration

Nov. 5, 2022

Participants will take part in a procession around the museum campus accompanied by mariachi musicians and learn about the Day of the Dead altar. Families can participate in a craft activity in the Education Center and explore the exhibits in the museum. No registration required.

Día de los Muertos Celebration

Nov. 5, 2022

Celebrate the Day of the Dead with music, art projects, face painting, listeria, dancing and more. Bring a picture to the event. 

Glow Yoga

Nov. 5, 2022

Ages 8 and up can join Vida Yoga and Fitness for a 75-minute flow under black lights to celebrate Dia de los Muertos. Bring your own mat (or rent one for $2), hand towel and water bottle. Make sure to wear colorful or white clothing. Tickets include cup of hot cocoa, pan de muerto, tamale, glow bracelets and glow paint (while it lasts). Registration required.

Dia de los Muertos Celebration 2022

Nov. 6, 2022

Honor the traditions and culture of Dia de los Muertos with music, food, vendors and a community altar at this event.

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