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Welcome To Our Digital Home
A Special Welcome From Our Executive Director and Founder, Pepe Vargas
Pepe Vargas - Executive Director and Founder of the ILCC

For more than three decades, the International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago has promoted and raised awareness of our diverse Latino cultures across all art forms, from film to theater, from music to dance, and from literature to the plastic arts. The Chicago Latino Film Festival is one of our main pillars: year after year we program more than 100 feature-length and short films and invite hundreds of filmmakers to share their experiences and visions with audiences from all walks of life. Born of the Latino Music Festival, our annual celebration of instrumental Pan-Latino music, the year-round Latino Music Series offers a wide overview of the many musical styles representing the Latino diaspora worldwide from the Spanish Medieval period to the music written and performed today across all genres and styles.

In this, our digital home, you will not only find information about these two major events but also about our other programs —Films in the Park, Reel Film Club, among others — and of the many events we co-present or are partners with. You will also find the latest news about our organization, videos of past performances, artist interviews, and more.

We invite you to become a member of our organization. As such you will have exclusive access to special content, discounts for all of our events and merchandise as well as early access to events, many of them free.

In other words, our doors are open. Come on in!

Thank You,

Pepe Vargas, Founder & Executive Director

The International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago
The International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago (ILCC) is a Pan-Latino, 501(c)(3) (EIN #36-3580462) nonprofit multidisciplinary arts organization dedicated to developing, promoting and increasing awareness of Latino cultures among Latinos and other communities by presenting a wide variety of art forms including film, music, dance, visual arts, comedy and theater. The ILCC, originally founded as Chicago Latino Cinema, attained not-for-profit status in 1987, at which time it fulfilled its mission of promoting Latino culture primarily through the annual Chicago Latino Film Festival.
Chicago Latino Film Festival

One of the longest running Latino Film Festivals in the United States, CLFF is in it's 39th year!

Music Series

Our Music Series showcases the Music and Rhythms of Latino Culture from around the world!

The Reel Film Club

Latino Film Lovers gather on the last Tuesday of each month to celebrate Latino Motion Picture Arts

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Films in the Park

In partnership with the Chicago Park District, ILCC presents Film in the Park/Cine en el Parque. The series runs throughout the summer, and features family-friendly films projected on large screens in various citywide parks for free.

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