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Public Grand Opening

Alebrijes: Creatures of a Dream World

Cantigny Park
Sunday, June 12, 12-6pm

See the Creatures!

Be among the first to see the amazing alebrije sculptures from Mexico City. The art pieces are located throughout the Cantigny gardens and grounds. Can you find all 48? Which one will be your favorite?

Meet and Watch the Artists

Throughout the day and coming weeks, the master artists will be working on an all-new alebrije, created from scratch. Observe this fascinating process at the south end of the McCormick Allée.

Dancers

Two locations in the park will feature performances by 8 different folkloric dance groups of all ages from throughout Illinois, representing dance customs from multiple regions of Mexico.

First Division Museum Tank Park

  • 12:30 pm: Ballet Folklorico D33, West Chicago
  • 1:30 pm: Ballet Folklorico Xochipitzahuatl, Glendale Heights
  • 2:30 pm: Chanellos, Chicago
  • 4:30 pm: Tonantzin Nueva Generacion Polka, Posen

Gold Pond

  • 1 pm: Oaxaca, West Chicago
  • 2 pm: Ballet Folklorico Sones Mexicanos, Melrose Park
  • 3 pm: Ballet Folklorico New Generation, Bolingbrook
  • 5 pm: Ballet Folklorico Mexico en la Piel de Waukegan

Food

Multiple food trucks and food stations will be located outside the Cantigny Visitors Center, along with beverage stands.

Art Activity

Parade Field: 12 – 4 pm

Visitors will have the opportunity to create a multicolor print with the help of an Instituto Grafico de Chicago member, along with various block combinations that will make a colorful Alebrije print. Visitors will also have the opportunity to create a print with the help of our Tortilla Social press and purchase a custom shirt printed live. IGC will have various blocks to select for a custom shirt. Fees may apply.

From the activity sponsor: The Instituto Gráfico de Chicago is dedicated to maintaining the critical activist tradition of Latino printmaking that unites communities of struggle around the world. We are inspired by the socio-political art of Mexico’s Taller de Grafica Popular (The People’s Print Workshop) and use our art as a platform to inform and generate community discourse about urgent social issues. We believe that art is not separate from public life. IGC advances the legacy and vitality of printmaking by fostering collaboration and solidarity amongst print artists through transnational dialogue and art making. We also create programming outside of formal education settings that celebrates and demystifies printmaking techniques and processes for the public. Our praxis responds to the social conditions that impede equity and access to art-making and critical consciousness.

Parking

Parking at Cantigny is $10/car.
Off-site parking at the DuPage County Complex off of County Farm Road is free. Buses will circulate between the Complex and Cantigny Park from 11:30 am until 6:30 pm.

Off-site Parking Map