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CHICAGO, September 16, 2021 – Chicago’s Very Own WGN-TV is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month by featuring special stories of interest to Chicago’s Hispanic American community on WGN News at Nine.  In addition, Adelante, Chicago is airing every Saturday, September 18 – October 9 at 6:30am CT on WGN-TV, and the “Live” link on the WGN-TV News mobile app.

September 17:  Mariachi Sirenas, which translates to sirens or mermaids, is Chicago’s first all-female Mariachi group.  They are making waves in a traditionally male-dominated genre.  Lourdes Duarte reports.

September 24:  Anthony Fuentes is a veteran who did two tours and served in Iraq.  Diagnosed with PTSD, Fuentes is now a comedian and uses stand-up comedy as a form of therapy.  Ana Belaval reports.

September 29:  La Havana Madrid was a 1960s night club in Chicago that became a home away from home; a hopping place where Latino immigrants gathered mainly from Cuba, Puerto Rico, and Colombia.  Lourdes Duarte reports.

October 8:  Dolores Quiroz turned 108 this year.  According to her family, she is the oldest living Latina in Chicago.  Her family describes her as an amazing, loving, caring, strong woman who has touched many lives with her joyous attitude and wisdom.  Julian Crews reports.

October 1:  Stefan Ponce, a DJ and music producer who has worked with Chance the Rapper, Childish Gambino, and Vic Mensa, is behind many of today’s hottest hip-hop tracks.  Dan Ponce reports.

October 13:  People’s Center for Cultural & Contemporary Arts is “Inspiring the innovators of tomorrow.”  After noticing a lack of opportunities for kids in Latino neighborhoods, Daniel and his wife started an arts program in Pilsen.  Lourdes Duarte reports.

October 15:  Melissa Hernandez is fighting for a safer Chicago; a single mom, who started The Puerto Rico Project to help people struggling with homelessness and unsafe substance abuse.  Ana Belaval reports.


Lourdes Duarte hosts a half-hour WGN News special at 6pm CT looking back at some of the stories presented throughout Hispanic Heritage Month.

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