On September 15, Ravinia celebrates Mexican Independence Day with a daylong celebration of Mexican culture, including various activities throughout the park, such as mariachis, comedians, and karaoke as well as folkloric dancing and family activities.
The daylong celebration starts at 2 p.m. and ends with a presentation of Coco: Live to Film which features the Chicago Philharmonic performing the vibrant score while the film is shown on our huge screens in the Pavilion and on the Lawn.
Note: Times and locations may be updated before the day of the event.
|2–5 pm||KidsLawn Activities (North lawn)
• Face painting by Abby’s Colorful Creations.
• Large instrument petting zoo
|2–5:45 pm||Pet Adoptions (North side of Martin Theatre):
• Dogs from Orphans of the Storm
• Birds from A Refuge for Saving the Wildlife
• Reptiles from Friends of Scales
|2–3 pm||Mariachi Herencia de México (Northwestern Medicine Grand Entrance)
|2:30–4 pm||Free bonus concert (Martin Theatre)
West Side Story Reimagined
Bobby Sanabria and his Multiverse Big Band
|2:30–5:30 pm||Live Wrestling with Galli Lucha Libre (North lawn)
|2:30–4:15 pm||People's Stage Karaoke (BMO Club)
|3-3:30 pm||Mexican Folkloric Dance Company of Chicago (Lawn Bar)
|3:30-4 pm||Mariachi Herencia de México (around the park)
|4:15–5 pm||Performance by the Reach Teach Play Sistema Ravinia Orchestra (Tree Top)
|4:45–5:15 pm||Bravo! Waukegan Mariachi Band (South Lawn near Martin)
|4:30–5:45 pm||Comedians (BMO Club)
Joey Villagomez and Friends: Gwen La Rocha, Calvin Evans
|5:30–5:50 pm||Mexican Folkloric Dance Company of Chicago (Lawn Bar)
performance and lesson
|6 pm||MAIN-STAGE CONCERT (Pavilion and Lawn Screen):
Coco: Live with Orchestra
Activities and Attractions
Comedian Joey Villagomez, Gwen La Roka, Calvin Evans
Joey Villagomez, born and raised on Chicago’s South Side has appeared in HBO Latino specials and performed in the TBS Just For Laughs Festival. He is a favorite at all the mainstream comedy clubs, such as The Improv Comedy Clubs, Zanies, and the World Famous Laugh Factory!
Local comics Gwen La Roka and Calvin Evans are frequent performers in Chicago’s most notable clubs and festivals.
Bobby Sanabria and his Multiverse Big Band: West Side Story Reimagined
Percussionist, composer, educator, and multi-Grammy Award nominee Bobby Sanabria has been a staple of the Latin jazz community for over 30 years. Sanabria has played with such legends as Dizzy Gillespie, Tito Puente, and Mario Bauza. Tonight, Sanabria will be leading the big band from his recent album, Multiverse, which was nominated for two Grammy Awards. The performance takes on the music from Leonard Bernstein’s timeless Broadway masterpiece, West Side Story, which fused progressive big band jazz, lyric opera, modern dance, and Latin rhythms into a revolutionary musical experience!
People's Stage Karaoke
People’s Stage Karaoke brings people together through the singing of songs in all languages. Eight years strong, they host weekly parties at Simone’s and special events like the upcoming Pilsen Cruise and the very first Chicago Karaoke Festival.
Mexican Folkloric Dance Company of Chicago
Founded in 1982, the Mexican Folkloric Dance Company of Chicago is dedicated to showcasing Mexican art and culture through diverse folkloric dance works that range from indigenous, pre-Columbian times forward through the Spanish colonial period, independence, and the 1910 revolution. Throughout its history, the company supports two performing ensembles that have appeared at such events as the 1987 Pan Am Games, 1994 World Cup, and numerous official visits to Chicago. It was also recently chosen to perform at the Mariachi Festival at Disney World, the Chicago’s Harris Theater inauguration, and the 10th Latin Grammy Awards ceremony.
Mariachi Herencia de México
With over 54 million Latinos in the U.S. today, the preservation of cultural traditions through the arts is critical. Mariachi Herencia de México looks to promote Mexican performing arts, including renowned mariachi ensembles, through authentic concert entertainment with the highest production values. MHF helps to meet today's rising demand for traditional Mexican performing arts in Chicago and around the country.
Chicago Lucha Libre
Chicago Lucha Libre brings you the best combination of traditional “Lucha Libre” (Mexican wrestling) and combines it with American wrestling, creating a hybrid style full of impressive acrobatic feats and riveting action.
Bravo! Waukegan Mariachi Band
Through Mariachi clubs, Bravo helps provide culturally relevant music enrichment after-school.
Bravo launched the Mariachi program in Waukegan and is involved in expanding it to more and more schools, both elementary and middle. Mariachi encourages music students to deepen their education by taking on an additional music class and for others it is their first time picking up an instrument. The atmosphere in the classroom is fun and lively. Mariachi students are frequently asked to perform in public, thus building confidence and pride in their music and heritage.
For more information on Bravo! Waukegan, visit their website at www.bravowaukegan.org.
Ravinia's Reach Teach Play Sistema Ravinia Orchestra
Ravinia’s vision of an intensive and transformational orchestral music education program, fosters social development through exceptional music training for 3rd-8th grade students in Chicago and Lake County public schools. Inspired by the influential El Sistema model, students in the program receive daily ensemble and orchestral instruction in their instrument. Sistema Ravinia’s first site was launched at Catalyst Circle Rock School located in Chicago’s Austin neighborhood. With the success of the Circle Rock site, Sistema Ravinia expanded to Lake County in October 2015 and uses our own Bennett Gordon Hall as a program site.