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.