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Since 2009, Mole de Mayo Festival strives to deliver a culturally dynamic and gastronomic outdoor festival that propels a short and long-term range of economic and social benefits to Chicago’s historic Pilsen neighborhood. Mole de Mayo donations help ESDC: Create Jobs, Support family-owned businesses, Support aspiring entrepreneurs and Reduce poverty in our community.

Savor a variety of regional and specialty mole dishes from some of Pilsen’s popular eateries and the surrounding neighborhoods. Pick up a spicy michelada or a refreshing agua fresca to accompany your dish.

Relish the sound at one of the two main music stages located at the entrances. Experience a variety of music styles from top local, national and international live acts. Past genres have included cumbia, salsa, Latin soul/funk, reggae, son jarocho and others. Click here to view lineup.

Take home a one-of-kind, hand-crafted piece of art, jewelry, or apparel from the many artisans, crafters and merchant booths lined up throughout the festival. Variety of goods and wares for all ages and tastes at the open-air market/mercado.

Set your eyes on colorful and traditional performances. Past entertainment have included Aztec-Mexica dance rituals, Chinelo costumed dancers, ballet folkorico, zapateado, modern dance ensembles, and other performing arts.


The first to introduce Mexican style lucha libre wrestling at an outdoor festival, this dramatic spectator sport features high-flying aerial maneuvers and colorful masks. Come root for your favorite wrestler ringside. Still the must-see festival highlight. Saturday and Sunday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

May 24 – 26, 2024 for art, live music, lucha libre, and mucho mole!
Friday, May 24 | 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Saturday, May 25 | Noon 12 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Sunday, May 26 | Noon 12 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Suggested donation: $5 individuals and $10 families.*


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