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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. 

Puerto Rican Cultural Center
2739-41 W. Division St
Chicago, Illinois 60622
P 773-342-8023
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"Don Oscar" Coffee, Paseo Boricua Edition 


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

Norberto González Claudio to be Sentenced November 14


Norberto González Claudio, a 65 year old Puerto Rican Political Prisoner arrested last year, will be sentenced on November 14.

Norberto is also the brother of Avelino González Claudio, also imprisoned for struggling for Puerto Rican independence, who has been imprisoned since 2008 and is due to be released to a halfway house in December of this year.

PRCC Program Updates

News from Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos High School


On Tuesday, October 16th, sixteen students were awarded with a trip to see the Chicago Bulls in action at the "Madhouse on Madison", also known as the United Center. These sixteen students make up one "PANA" class (Peers Advising for New Achievements) - some schools call these classes "advisories" or "homerooms". Each month we have a school-wide goal for which "PANA" groups strive to attain. Our school's September challenge was in the area of "Attendance". With an attendance rate of 87% for the month of September, Brenda Torres-Figueroa's "PANA" group was at the top of the pack and were awarded with this delightful trip. 
Monsturbation Ball a Smash!


On Saturday October 27, 2012, Brujeria Production held its first annual Monsturbation Ball to support Vida/SIDA in its fundraising effortfor the Chicago AIDS Foundation Walk Run. Performers, community members and even a Birthday party lighted the night. Witches and demons danced and enjoyed an evening of great fun and activities. A special thanks to Daisy Rannochio who donated her time and material to

decorate the location. Special acknowledgment to Jackie Diaz and Ada Rivera who worked hours to make this event happen. We hope to see you

next year for this new Halloween tradition.

Pasteles for Freedom Sale!


It's that time again- to taste the delicious pasteles of the holiday season while supporting the commissary campaign for Puerto Rican political prisoners Avelino & Norberto González Claudio and Oscar López Rivera, who is on the verge of beginning his 32nd year in federal prison- the longest-held political prisoner in Puerto Rico's history. 


Please download the order form here and help us sell pasteles this holiday season! Let's make this the last holiday season that Oscar will endure in prison! Chicagoland orders only, sorry.


Community Calendar

Fri Nov. 2, 2012 - A community report back on Puerto Rican Asthma Project/CURA with Dr. Molly Martin of Rush Medical Center at 72 Block Diabetes Empowerment Center from 4:00pm-5:30pm.

  • Fri Nov. 2, 2012 - "Una Charla con Carlos AlbertoWine and Cheese Meet and Greet with Carlos Alberto Torres, Puerto Rican political prisoner wo served 30 years in prison before being released in 2010. $10 donation. 8:30pm.For more info, Jesse Mumm <jessemumm@mail.com>.
  • Thur Nov. 7, 2012 - Progress report on endangered Puerto Rican Parrot (Iguaca). Scientist from Lincoln Park Zoo and Puerto Rico's Iguaca Aviary from 11:30am-1:00pm.IPRAC, 3015 W. Division St. By invitation only.
  • Thur Nov. 14, 2012 -  Greater Humboldt Park Diabetes Empowerment Center/72 Block by Block announces diabetes state of the community forum in recognition of National Diabetes Awareness Day. Iglesia Rebaño, 2435 W. Division St., from 9:00am to 1:00pm. 
  • Thur Nov. 15, 2012 - Forum on Puerto Rican Political Prisoners, Oscar Lopez Rivera and the Cuban 5. DePaul University, McGowan Hall South, 1110 W. Belden Ave., Room 108 starting at 6:00pm.
  • Sat Dec. 1, 2012 - Puerto Rican Agenda - Puerto Rican community leadership summit on groundbreaking study of Puerto Ricans in Chicago at Roberto Clemente High School, 1147 N. Western Ave., from 9:00am-1:00pm. 
  • Sat Dec. 1, 2012 - World AIDS Day. Altar/Christmas parranda from the Casita de Don Pedro to IPRAC starting at 2:00pm.
  • Sat Dec. 1 & Sun Dec. 2, 2012 -  A two day celebration and Christmas market featuring local artists and artisans as well as traditional Puerto Rican delicacies. Institute of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture (IPRAC) 3015 W. Division St. 10:00am to 4:00pm. This event is free and open to the public. Buy your coquito and order traditional Puerto Rican pasteles before the Holidays!
  • Fri Dec. 7, 2012 - 4th Annual Navi-Jazz concert featuring The John Benitez Group. Roberto Clemente High School Auditorium, 1147 N. Western Ave., from 7:00pm to 9:00pm. For tickets call 773-486-8345. 
  • Sun Dec. 16, 2012 - Pancake/Waffle Breakfast to benefit political prisoner commissary. Casa Puertorriqueña, 1237 N. California Ave., from 9:00am-12:00pm. 
PACHS 40th Anniversary Saturday, Jan 26, 2013! 


Gala to be held at Northeastern Illinois University and Symposium at Roberto Clemente High School. Purchase Symposium and Gala tickets hereMore information at  



Symposium - January 26, 2013

Educator/Other - $75

University Student - $50 (must show ID)


Gala - January 26, 2013



$140 - combo(gala and symposium) for 1 person.


Gala organization tables: $1,500