The long-awaited return of city-sanctioned Mexican Independence Day celebrations in downtown Chicago is reported to be on the horizon. A new festival, named El Grito after a Mexican battle cry, is set to take place at Grant Park on September 14 and 15 from 2pm to 10pm. The event is organized by the Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Mexican Consulate, aiming to provide a cultural extravaganza in addition to the traditional parade held annually in Little Village.

Alderman Brendan Reilly announced the news in his newsletter earlier this week, revealing that the Fairmont Hotel by Millennium Park will host a community meeting on May 9 to discuss the upcoming festivities. Special Events Management, the event producers, have already started promoting the festival which promises a celebration of Mexican history, culture, gastronomy, and performances by national and local talents including Mariachis and ballet folclórico.

The return of an official celebration is significant as car caravans have taken over the neighborhood every September since the downtown events ended over ten years ago. Last year, street closures were last-minute, causing logistical issues for visitors and residents. With the potential arrival of El Grito festival, it is hoped that such problems will be resolved. Excitement is building for the upcoming celebration, and locals are eagerly anticipating the return of this cultural event to downtown Chicago.

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