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Arte y Vida Chicago is your guide to Chicago's vibrant Hispanic and Latino art and culture. We offer a comprehensive calendar of recommended events, articles, new music reviews and more!

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Explore Chicago's Pie Houses

Monday, February 23, 2015 12:00 AM by Arte y Vida

Bang Bang Pie & Biscuits

This isn't about pizza pies but instead about baked sweet, creamy, tangy and savory pies available across the city. Whether you're looking to try a new flavor or have never had a savory slice, this list will guide you in the right direction.

Explore Chicago's Wine Bars

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 12:00 AM by Arte y Vida

Bar Pastoral

From casual to posh, underground or mainstream, Chicago loves to get its drink on. Whether a cocktail or a beer, the Midwest has a love of all things alcohol and wine is no exception. We've put together a list of wine bars offering flights, global selections and locally-sourced varieties.

Explore Chicago's Soupy Side

Monday, January 5, 2015 12:00 AM by Arte y Vida

Carne En Su Jugo

Just in time for winter, indulge your body and soul with aromatic bowls of steaming soup. Our suggestions focus on those with a spicy twist.

Instead of complaining about the dreaded winter in Chicago, we're the kind of optimists that will make the most of it. If it's simply too cold to be outdoors then we'll explore the city's culturally rich cuisine, especially the kind - like soup - that will warm our body and soul. And, since we like our soup hot, we're down for trying the hottest in both temperature and flavor. Here's a list of five spicy soups to try this winter.

Mindy's Hot Chocolate

As winter approaches, Chicago transforms into a breathtaking wonderland of snow. Streets are decorated with beautiful bright lights as Chicagoans transform their homes into snug havens full of holiday cheer. As you explore the city and its vibrant neighborhoods, we've put together a list coffee shops and cafes offering delicious, soul-warming drinks to help you get through the "brrr!" worthy Midwest chill. 

A Tour of Pilsen's Shops and Boutiques

Tuesday, November 4, 2014 12:00 AM by Arte y Vida

Modern Co-op

Although there's plenty of Chicago memorabilia in most major downtown retail establishments, it's always a fun idea to go on a search for something a little more authentic, unusual or one-of-a-kind. This is especially true if you're in search of that special gift or simply something new to add to your home.

Take a day trip south to Pilsen and check out some of the neighborhood's shops and boutiques, most curated by local artists. It's a great way to support local businesses while indulging in the culture of the vibrant neighborhood.

Explore Chicago's Latin-Inspired Cuisine

Monday, October 27, 2014 12:00 AM by Arte y Vida

Although the city is renowned for its deep dish pizza, it is also hailed in general as one of the top culinary destinations for travelers. It's no surprise to us who delight in the abundance of the city's diverse flavors. But in keeping with the theme of melted cheese wonders, we're taking a taste tour beyond tacos and guiding you across the city in search of the perfect quesadilla - Mexican grilled cheese.

Its crispy yet soft exterior of griddle cooked corn masa oozes and spills out long strands of melted Chihuahua or Oaxacan cheese. It's the melty base for aromatic guisados or a variety of fresh picked farmer's market vegetables. Oh, the melty goodness. So, please, don't settle for wimpy flour tortilla wanna-be pizza replicas. Be bold and visit any of the following locations for some authentic quesadilla deliciousness.

Old Town School of Folk

The Old Town School of Folk Music is one of Chicago's most cherished institutions, and they long ago expanded the definition of "folk music" beyond Americana to encompass global traditions and the modern sounds that are built on them. Pueblo Latino Chicago is their initiative that provides programming through classes, workshops and concerts that celebrate the diverse cultures of Spain, Brazil, and Spanish speaking America - catch one of their concerts tonight! 

Love Con Tango: Where To Tango In Chicago

Friday, February 14, 2014 12:00 AM by Arte y Vida


The seduction of tango. The sensual dance. The exotic music that makes dancers melt against each other. It's not always so sassy in nature but it does entice the mind into endless dreams of certain pleasures. Ahem... we digress. To be in an atmosphere surrounded by tango, especially when love is involved, is one of the most beautiful experiences you'll ever have. We've put together a list of adrenalizing culinary, musical and visual options. If simplicity is what you're looking for, we've also included a list of music to set the perfect mood for adventure at home this Valentine's Day. Don't forget the wine!

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