ABC7 Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with 26th Street Mexican Independence Parade, ‘Our Chicago: Voces Unidas’ special

CHICAGO– ABC 7 CHICAGO celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month, September 11-October 15, with the 26th Street Mexican Independence Day Parade, a feature series, a half-hour “OUR CHICAGO: VOCES UNIDAS” special and vignettes .

The 26th Street Mexican Independence Day Parade, which takes place in Chicago’s historic little village under the iconic Bienvenidos welcoming arch, is hosted by ABC 7 anchors Terrell Brown and Tanja Babich , with Liz Nagy capturing all the street festivities on Sunday, September 11. at 11 p.m. It will also be available on (The parade begins Sept. 11 at noon.) Eve Rodriguez Montoya, Vice President of the Small Village Chamber of Commerce, will provide an insider’s perspective on the parade’s history, traditions, and its importance to the community. After a two-year hiatus, the highly anticipated parade returns to the city with the theme “Nuestra Unidad es Nuestra Fortaleza” or “Our unity is our strength”, with colorful floats, mariachi bands, dancing and a crowd expected of 500,000 people.

Hosted by ABC 7’s Rob Elgas and Michelle Gallardo with guest contributions from Mark Rivera, “OUR CHICAGO: VOCES UNIDAS” offers a rich tapestry of stories highlighting the contributions of Chicago’s vibrant Latino community. The half-hour show airs twice on ABC 7 Chicago, Sunday, September 25 at 11 p.m. and Sunday, October 2 at 4:30 p.m. and will be available on and ABC’s connected TV apps. 7. “OUR CHICAGO: VOCES UNIDAS” is an Emmy-winning specials series produced by ABC 7 Chicago.

“OUR CHICAGO: VOCES UNIDAS” profiles stellar individuals and organizations who play an important role in their communities and in the city of Chicago:

– Illinois Deputy Governor Sol Flores is a proud Puerto Rican American from humble beginnings who has dedicated her time and effort to ending homelessness in Chicago. Inspired by the dedication of her own family, Flores dedicated her life to the values ​​of love and justice, becoming the executive director of La Casa Norte, a non-profit organization that has now helped thousands of homeless people. Flores’ most recent initiative, the Foundation Project, will bring a new health care, nutrition and housing center to Chicago’s West Side.

-La Catedral Cafe, located in the Little Village neighborhood, serves some of the best Mexican and American brunch in a restaurant rich in Mexican culture and Catholic artifacts that adorn the walls and ceilings. A heavenly menu includes 12 different chilaquiles, sinful pancakes topped with frosted flakes, and authentic Mexican cinnamon coffee. Chef and owner Ambrocio Gonzalez credits La Catedral’s success to delicious food and warm community relations, but also jokes, “I’m unlucky, I’m blessed.” Pointing to the surrounding statues and crosses, he admits: “I’m getting a lot of help.”

-Equipo Charro Juan Colorado is a local Grant Park-based group that stays true to its Mexican roots by competing in local and national Charreria competitions. The charreria, similar to the American rodeo, consists of nine different skill tests or “suertes”. Local CPS teacher Diana Fernandez is a pioneer in the group.

-Luis Beltran, a native of Ecuador and a member of the world renowned Ensemble Español Theater, has always dazzled audiences with his passion for flamenco. He is committed to keeping flamenco alive and bringing his dance knowledge to Chicago’s youth. Beltran was named one of the top 25 dancers to watch in 2020 by Dance Magazine. Her performance at the Ukrainian Village Festival will be featured in the special. All proceeds from the event contributed to Ukrainian war efforts.

-Borinken Cakes brings traditional Puerto Rican cupcakes to the Chicago community. With recipes passed down from generation to generation, Borinken Cakes is a proud family business owned by a woman who strives to put authenticity into each of her treats.

-Rudy Lozano, an influential Latino politician from Little Village, was known for his labor activism and support for immigrant workers. He was instrumental in the election of Chicago’s first black mayor, Harold Washington, and his memory lives on in Chicago’s Latino community.

About ABC7/WLS-TV Chicago

ABC7/WLS-TV Chicago is Chicago’s premier local news source and most-watched television channel. With top-rated daily newscasts spanning decades and the industry’s largest social media presence with over 2.6 million Facebook followers, ABC7 Eyewitness News provides breaking news, forensics, weather, politics, traffic and sports in the multi-platform space of Chicago, suburban and northwest Indiana. Named Best News Operation by the Associated Press for four consecutive years, ABC 7 Eyewitness News produces “Chicago Proud,” a series of stories that shine a light on everyday heroes in and around Chicago. The station also produces Chicago’s top-rated New Year’s Eve special, the holiday kick-off special “The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival,” which airs to national audiences, and the award-winning series ” Our Chicago”, which showcases the city’s diversity and highlights the contributions of the Black, Hispanic, Asian, LGBTQ+, and other communities. Every Friday, Windy City Weekend entertains while giving Chicagoans everything they need to know about what’s happening in the city. ABC 7 is the only Chicago station to produce and air parades representing Chicago’s rich cultural history. In addition to producing town hall meetings focused on current social issues, the station has a long and proud tradition of broadcasting political candidate debates by keeping Chicago’s electorate informed. ABC7’s outreach efforts include annual partnerships with the Red Cross for lifesaving blood drives, one of the nation’s largest one-day drives, and most recently spearheading an effort to to raise more than $1.5 million for food pantries in the region.




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