The Chicago area's first Puerto Rican LGBTQ group is holding its first public event tonight. Boricua PRIDE is gathering supporters in the city's Humboldt Park neighborhood to raise funds for a new arts center.
Saturday Night Live years ago spoofed some white broadcast journalists eager to impress a new colleague, a Latino, played by Jimmy Smits. The white journalists switched to a Spanish accent for words with standard Anglicizations, such as "Nicaragua," "Honduras" and "Ortega."
Debates this election season have given many Americans perfect excuses to throw a house party. West Side bureau contributor Ian Fullerton reports that about 75 hipsters in Chicago's Logan Square neighborhood took the house-party ritual to a new level during last night's vice-presidential skirmish.
Few Puerto Ricans can afford to live in Lincoln Park these days, but former members of a 1960s street gang there insist their fight for Puerto Rican self-determination remains vital in other parts of Chicago.