Jaime Carrero Exhibition to Open tonight at IPRAC, 6pm
Join the Youth Contingent at the Puerto Rican People's Parade!
We are organizing a Youth Contingent to march at the 34th Annual Puerto Rican People's Parade on Paseo Boricua, Humboldt Park. This will include the organizations: The Batey Urbano, ¡Humboldt Park NO SE VENDE!, the Barrio, Arts, Culture, & Communications Academy (BACCA), university student groups, high school students, and many others. We want to take this opportunity to highlight the important and unique things that our Humboldt Park youth are doing in order to transform our community into a beautiful and vibrant place!

To march with us, meet on Saturday, June 16 at 12pm at the Batey Urbano, 2620 W. Division St. (between Rockwell and Washtenaw). There is a small $5 parade entrance fee which comes with a free t-shirts!

To confirm your attendance, please respond to this e-mail.

June Issue of La Voz del Paseo Boricua Out Tomorrow!
The June issue of La Voz del Paseo Boricua, containing the 32 page adbook arrives at your favorite merchant tomorrow, Friday, June 15, 2012. PATRONIZE Division Street!
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View our Photos on Flickr!

Puerto Rican Cultural Center (Over 30,000 pictures!)

Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos HS
(Over 13,000 pics!)

Guided tours of IPRAC and the surrounding Paseo Boricua community will be available at IPRAC with Eduardo Arocho serving as a docent.  If you're interested in arranging a tour for your organization, school or church, please contact IPRAC at 773-486-8345. 

DSBDA Invites You To-
Do Paseo Boricua During the Puerto Rican Festivities


Restaurants on Paseo Boricua
* Café Colao 2648 W. Division, 773-2761780
* Coco's Restaurant 2723 W. Division, 773-384-4811
* Division Street Bar & Grill 2525 W. Division, 773-252-2233S
* El Cafetín Taino 2606 W Division, 773 862-5738
* El Paisano Tacos 2429 W. Division, 773-292-1002
* Guerrero's Taco & Pizza 2534 W Division, 773 292-9000
* La Bruquena Restaurant 2726 W. Division, 773-276-2915
* La Plena Restaurant 2617 W. Division, 773-276-5795
* Latin American Restaurant 2743 W. Division, 773-235-7290
* Nellie's Restaurant 2458 W. Division, 773-252-5520
* Papa's Cache Sabroso 2517 W. Division, 773-862-8313
* Soul at Paseo 2558 W Division, 773-486-9775
Gift Shops & Retail Stores
* Alerav 2721 W. Division, 773 360-1433
* El Quijote Book Store 2546 W. Division, 773-227-5872
* Esteelo Custom T's & Silk Screen 2647 W. Division,
* Lily's Record Shop 2733 W. Division, 773 252-7008
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Program Events
The 34th Annual Puerto Rican People's Parade
Dedicated to Our Community's Historical Milestones
2012 Grand Marshal: Latin American Motorcycle Association (LAMA)


This year, the Puerto Rican People's Parade is celebrating its 34th anniversary and more importantly, we dedicate it to the following institutions in our community: Café Teatro Batey Urbano, La Casita de Don Pedro y Lolita Lebrón, Nuestro Tambó, and the Latin American Motorcycle Association, joining us for the first time and saluting them on their 35th anniversary.


We welcome you to the 34th Annual People's


Parade and invite you to be part of this historic event and celebration. We look forward to seeing you and particularly in celebrating our historical


* 10 Years of Batey Urbano
* 10 Years of Nuestro Tambó
* 15 Years of La Casita de Don Pedro
y Doña Lolita
* 35 Years of LAMA
* 40 Years of Que Ondee Sola

Join Us! Saturday, June 16, 2pm
Corner of Division St and Western Ave. 
Senator Alejandro García Padilla, PPD Candidate for Governor of Puerto Rico Visits IPRAC


On May 22, the highest-ranking Latino in Chicago's municipal government, Vice-Mayor and Alderman Ray Suárez invited Alejandro García Padilla, the gubernatorial candidate for the Partido Popular Democrático (PPD) party in Puerto Rico to IPRAC. They took a guided tour of the exhibits Gestuario I & II and Carry-On. Both were impacted and impressed with the facilities as well as the artwork.  


New Track on Oscar López Rivera!


Puerto Rico based artist Intifada has release a rough mix of a track for the Album "Oscar Lopez Rivera". Recorded at Batey Urbano/Paseo Boricua-Chicago. Artists: INTIFADA.
Listen to it here!
IPRAC Hosts Recognition Luncheon for Puerto Rican Film Pioneer Marquita Rivera


During a luncheon held at IPRAC on May 19, Eugene Biscardi, son of the late Marquita Rivera, a Puerto Rican actress and dancer of films in the 30s, 40s and 50s received two important recognitions: IPRAC's first Antonio Martorell's Excellence in Arts Award, and a Chicago City Council resolution authored by Alderman Roberto Maldonado. Eugene was deeply moved by the recognition and told his mother's story as a pioneer in film appearances in the US, Mexico and Puerto Rico. He also shared clips of those films with the audience.

15 years of La Casita de Don Pedro


La Casita de Don Pedro a project of the Puerto RicanCultural Center began as an idea/ desire by members of our community. It became a reality when Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos High School and Architreasures Inc agreed to develop a community space that would include a garden/ gallery. In September of 1997, after community members worked intensely all summer, it was inaugurated at the fourth Fiesta Boricua.


The casita was and is important for many reasons.


La casita provides us with another space to reaffirm and celebrate who we are as Puerto Ricans living in Chicago. It also provides a permanent home for the Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos statue after the Chicago Park District did not allow the statue to be placed in Humboldt Park. In 1998 with Ramon Lopez as director and the support of community bomber@s and plener@s the casita began to offer Plena y Bomba workhops. The gallery featured a collection of photos and Puerto Rican artesania sparking a sense of nostalgia for its Puerto Rican visitors. The bombazos and/ or bailes de bomba also began to flourish at the
casita and have been some of the best in our community.

A few bomba and plena groups have also had their beginnings at la casita, notably Bembeteo
and Nuestro Tambo. The casita has been the welcoming place for the release of our Puerto Rican political prisoners. We celebrated the release of 11 in 1999 and more recently in July of 2010, the release of Carlos Alberto Torres after 30 years of prison.

Modeled after a wooden home from the 40s and
the 50s in Puerto Rico and after 15 years it continues to provide a nostalgic effect for members of our community. The bomba drums still magnetize people as it did for the children on Paseo Boricua (my favorite memory in the casita) in the late 90s engaging them to remember who they are as Puerto Ricans. It affirms our presence and our defiance against displacement in the city of Chicago.
PRCC Licensed Childcare Serves 50 Children 15 months to 6 years
Apply Now for Your Child!


Centro Infantil Consuelo Lee Corretjer, the Puerto Rican Cultural Center's childcare, is now fully licensed by the Illinois Department of Family Services to service 50 children, ages 15 months to 6 years old. This increases the PRCC's capacity to serve more infant and toddlers in our community.


Founded in 1980, the Consuelo Lee Corretjer Day Care Center is a full day bilingual program offering quality childcare services for children 15 months to 5-years-of-age. The Center was founded in response to the need for bilingual-bicultural programs in the community. We place special emphasis on Puerto Rican, Mexican and Latin American cultures. The program is designed to help ease the child's transition to elementary school and aims to provide services primarily to working and student's families.


We offer:
* Full day care for children 15 months to 3 years
* Full day Head Start for children 3 to 5 years in collaboration with El Valor
* Research based curriculum
* Family involvement
* Nutritional Meals
* Parent workshops
* Action for Children
* Private slots are available
Required Forms and Documents:
* Admission application
* Statement of Earnings
* Child's current physical examination signed by physician
* Copy of child's birth certificate
* Copy of child's social security card
* Dental examination


For more info contact Xóchitl Ramírez at: xochitlr@prcc-chgo.org  

Available at  IPRAC
"Don Oscar" Coffee, Paseo Boricua Edition 


Café Don Oscar can be purchased for $5.99 at:


IPRAC: 3015 W. Division St., 773-486-8345