1. Go see Daughter of a Cuban Revolutionary, a one-woman show by Marissa Chibas, centered on the story of on three major figures in her life: her father, Raul, who co-wrote the manifesto for the Cuban revolution with Fidel Castro; her uncle, Eddy, who was the frontrunner for the Cuban presidency in 1951 before committing suicide; and her mother, Dalia, Miss Cuba runner-up in 1959. The show runs Oct. 8-13 at the Goodman Theatre.
2. Cerqua Rivera Dance Theater is celebrating its 20th anniversary, and continuing its aim "to fuse dance, music, and visual art to explore and celebrate contemporary society." Check out American Catracho from company co-founders Wilfredo Rivera and Joe Cerqua, which is a culmination of the collective's three-year exploration of immigration. October 4 at The Auditorium Theatre downtown, or October 18 at the Segundo Ruiz Belviz Cultural Center in Hermosa. Tickets available here.
3. Always free and always incredible, Chicago's National Museum of Mexican Art is world-known for their 10,000-piece permanent collection that spans ancient Mexico to the present day. Special exhibition "A Matter of Life: Día de Muertos" runs from Sep. 20-Dec. 8.
4. Visit The National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture, the only freestanding cultural institution in the nation devoted to Puerto Rican arts and historic exhibitions year-round. Be sure to look for Circus of Absense, an exhibit by the theatre group "Y no había luz," featuring images of circus acts and strange spectacles covering colonialism, diaspora, and gender perspectives. Located in Humboldt Park at 3015 W. Division St.
5. Check out nine-time Grammy winners La Banda el Recodo on October 19 at 8 PM at the Rosemont Theatre. They'll be joined by Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán, called the "Greatest Mariachi in the World" The 13-member group's sound has been developed over five generations, and appears in hundreds of film scores and recordings.
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