New Chicago Puerto Rican museum showcases history, artistic talent

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The history of the Puerto Rican community in Chicago dates back over six decades but up until now there has not been  a center where people could learn more about its contributions to the city.  The new Puerto Rican museum will serve as such historical archive while  showcasing the artistic talent of Puerto Ricans here and on the island.

In the northwest side of the city, Humboldt Park has long been considered the heart of Chicago’s Puerto Rican community, so for many people this was the perfect place for the museum.

This has been a labor of love for former alderman Billy Ocasio and his wife veronica that has taken over 14 years to come to fruition because turning the former Humboldt Park horse stables into a cultural institution was no easy feat.

The museum will have space for all expressions of art and it will serve as a research facility and a historical archive of the Puerto Rican community in Chicago.

The museum will hold exhibitions of local Puerto Rican artists as well as island based artists.
The museum will also collaborate with other immigrant communities in the city. Currently in the works is an exhibition with the Ukrainian museum of Chicago.


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  • Maria Aguilar

    I am very pleased for you segment on Chicago Puerto Rican Museum. Please keep producing this kind of reports
    relating to our spanic com hispanic community. CONGRATULATIONS

  • Rodrigo Hernandez

    Crappy article. Where is it exactly (for those of us who have no idea where Humboldt Park or the horse stables are located)? What days is it open? What is the admission cost, if any? What types of art and culture will be on display? Is it even open yet? The article revealed very little in the way of useable information.

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