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Three-days of art, music, lucha libre and mucho mole!

CHICAGO, IL (May 1, 2018) — Eighteenth Street Development Corporation (ESDC) presents its ninth annual Mole de Mayo Festival, the only outdoor mole cook‐off event celebrating Latino culture and Mexican cuisine. The festival is set to take place on 18th St. and Ashland Ave. from May 25-27, 2018 in the rich and diverse neighborhood of Pilsen on the southwest side of Chicago.

“We are thrilled to bring back this culturally dynamic and gastronomic event that propels a short and long-term range of economic and social benefits to the Pilsen community,” says Alex Esparza, executive director at ESDC. “This is the festival where you can taste different types of mole and make your vote count as to whose mole is the best in Chicago.”

This family-friendly festival draws people from all across the city and visiting Memorial Day tourists to sample a variety of regional or specialty mole dishes from some of Pilsen’s popular eateries and surrounding neighborhoods.

This year’s mole stand participants include La Cebollita Grill, El Asador/Rancho Mateo, El Campeón, Super Pollo, Banges, Los Comales Restaurant, Juanita’s Mexican Food, Taqueria La Ciudad, Frida Room, DC Restaurant Inc., La Esperanza, La Catrina Cafe, Yvolina’s Tamales, Cantón Regio, Rams Mexican Restaurant, and Triángulo del Sol. Novelty sweet treats that taste good as they look will be featured by Rica Nieve Estilo Acapulco, Don Churro Inc, Churro Factory, Ice Cream Las Fuentes, Gaby’s Funnel Cakes and others.

Musical highlights a tribute to Juan Gabriel with Jose Alfredo and Mariachi Perla de México along with the music of Guillermo Velázquez y Los Leones de la Sierra de Xichú (Guanajuato, México), Los Gallos (Chicago), Dos Santos (Chicago), Olmeca (California), Sonex (Veracruz, México) and other international and local acts performing on two stages.

The usual staples include diverse merchants and artisan vendors, high‐flying masked wrestlers (Mexican lucha libre), and the famous mechanical bull. Don’t miss Nahui Ollin Huehuecoyotl, authentic Aztec dance; PyroBeat Ensemble fire dancers; and the entertaining Comparza de Morelos La Original y Su Nueva Generación — Chinelos or traditional costumed dancers

Join us for the After Party with Sonido Gallo Negro, Kiko Villamizar, Gio Chamba and Pachanga DJ’s presented by Ajúa and Pachanka Music Culture on Sunday, May 27, 2018 at Thalia Hall, 1807 S. Allport, Chicago, IL 60608. Doors at 9:00 PM CDT. Tickets: $15-$43. For more information,

The festival hours are from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, May 25, Noon to 10 p.m. on Saturday, May 26, and Noon to 10 p.m. on Sunday, May 27. Suggested donation is $5 for individuals and $10 for families. For more information, visit

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