Pilsen saw the 45-annual celebration of Fiesta del Sol. Since 1975, the festival of Latino food, jewelry and music has been the biggest celebration of its kind in the Midwest.

Amongst the empanadas and beads, there were also carnival rides and games that helped to bring in over 1.3 million people during the June 26 weekend. The festival also doubled as a fundraiser for the Neighborhood Community Council, a nonprofit that provides scholarships and funding for community efforts.

Not only does Fiesta del Sol provide fun and awareness of Latino culture in Chicago it also provides health services and voting registration to immigrants. Thankfully, the festival is made possible by Neighborhood Community Council and their supporters.


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