We provide a guide who knows the neighborhood inside-out, and can explain the customs, the artwork, and the history of the community in a manner suited for any age group.
The suggested donation for group tours is $100 per tour. There is a limit of 50 people per group. The tour can be tailored to the particular interests of your group. Schedule your group tour by filling out the form.
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Known as “Paseo Boricua”, this six block portion of Division Street between two large steel sculpture-reproductions of the Puerto Rican flag has become a leading center for Puerto Rican culture, food, business and politics in the United States. There are 10 murals that date back from 1980 to 2010 and a walk of fame with 15 bronze medallions dedicated mainly to famous Puerto Rican musicians. A guided tour with one of our highly experienced tour guides will bring you new insight into the history of this community and its many landmarks.
Paseo Boricua Gateway Flags.
Gateways to the emerging Puerto Rican cultural, restaurant and entertainment district. The Puerto Rican community has been present in the Chicago area for over 5 decades. The flags were created to recognize the hard work many of these Puerto Ricans conducted in the steel mills. To honor this legacy Alderman Billy Ocasio, Congressman Luis Gutierrez and Mayor Richard M. Daley had two 59-foot Puerto Rican flags constructed. The flags were dedicated to the community on January 6th of 1995 which is also Three Kings Day. Since its dedication in 1995, the flags have won seven awards including the prestigious “Building of the Year Award” by the American Institute of Architecture. Each flag currently represents the largest monument to a flag in the world and the largest flag not made of cloth.
La Casita de Don Pedro.
The Casita de Don Pedro (or Little House) was constructed in 1997 by the Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos Alternative H.S. and Architreasures. The park was designed to resemble the Puerto Rican flag when viewed from above. The park include a replica of a traditional rural one-room casita (little house) from Puerto Rico in the 1940s and a statue of Don Pedro Albizu Campos. The statue was initially intended to be placed in Humboldt Park, but the park district revoked the permit because they believe that Pedro Albizu Campos is a controversial figure. The Casita has artisan photos and is used as a school for Bomba dance and drumming workshops.
The National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture.
The National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture (NMPRAC) is now the only Puerto Rican Museum in the United States that features art and historic exhibits year-round. Located in the heart of Humboldt Park, NMPRAC has been providing quality community arts and culture programs since 2000. NMPRAC’s model is “Where Preservation Meets Inspiration”. NMPRAC’s building, which originally served as the Humboldt Park Stables and Receptory, is a historically and architecturally significant landmark. This architectural gem of the Chicago Park District, which sat idle for decades, has undergone a complete interior renovation to transform it into a first-class cultural institution providing year-round exhibitions, performances and arts education workshops as well as housing a permanent exhibit of famed landscape architect Jens Jensen.