The Chicago Latino Theater Alliance is hoping to offer Chicago’s holiday season some Latino flair with the free outdoor entertainment series “Destinos al Aire, a Holiday Extravaganza!”
The celebration spans three consecutive Fridays, kicking off Nov. 26 at Millennium Park with a holiday sing-along, continuing the following Friday at the Humboldt Park boathouse and ending in Harrison Park.
The events will feature food and market vendors as well as performances from: Cuerdas Clásicas, The Frankie Diaz Trio, Gwen La Roka, Cepillao, Las BomPleneras, La Vuelta, Mariachi Sirenas, Teatro Vista and Teatro Tariakuri.
CLATA staged a “Destinos al Aire” in 2020 as a way to offer paid work to local artists and entertainers struggling due to pandemic shutdowns.
“This year is the first year we’re doing a holiday version and partnering with the Chicago Park District, so it’s part of the Nights Out in the Park,” said Christine Perez, manager of artist and community partnerships for CLATA.
Perez says the events are a way to bring holiday spirit to Chicago while celebrating the diversity of our Latino cultures.
“It’s not just Mexican and Puerto Rican in Chicago. We have Colombian, Venezuelan, lots of other Central American, South American, and Caribbean culture. So it’s a great place to come out and just see the diversity and the beautiful community we have.”