Latinx Culture in Chicago

This trip has been cancelled but will return for Fall Break 2024! 

October 7 (Purdue), 8 & 9 (Chicago) | Time TBA | Chicago

Explore the rich Latinx history of Chicago through art, history, theater and activism during Purdue's Fall Break. About 1.8 million Latinos live in Chicago, and are the second largest racial or ethnic group in the city. Students will visit the National Museum of Mexican Art—the only Latino museum accredited by the American Alliance of Museums—in the heart of Pilsen, a vibrant Latinx neighborhood. Free Street Theater has been making theater accessible to communities across the city. Free Street is a femme-led arts and culture organization that centers original work by Black, Brown and Immigrant communities; queer artists and youth artists. Students will visit organizations that have affected positive change for Latinx communities in Chicago from the Puerto Rican Arts Alliance to ALMA, the oldest Latinx LGBTQ organization in the Midwest and one of the oldest in the country.  Purdue students will also have opportunities to explore Latin American culinary traditions.

Instructors: Dr. Natasha Duncan and Carina Olaru

HONR 29900, IND Study: CRN 24958 

Cost of program $469/Student

For more information, contact Carina Olaru at 

Tentative Activities


Introduction to Course at Latino Cultural Center, Purdue University


National Museum of Mexican Art 

Mural Tour in Pilsen

Lunch at Sinha

Destinos: Latino Theater Festival


Puerto Rican Arts Alliance

Lunch on your own

The Association of Latinos/as/xs Moving Action (ALMA) (Talk at PRRA) 

History of Young Lords with DePaul University Professor Jacqueline Lazu