When: Saturday, May 26th – from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Sunday, May 27th - from Noon to 9:00 p.m.

Where: 18th Street and Peoria just off of Halsted (CTA Pink Line Stop, the CTA Halsted Bus and 90/94 18th St. Exit)

Cost: $1.00 - $5.00 Suggested Donation

Celebrity Panel Judging: Sunday between 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Mole Trophy Winner Presentation: 3:00 p.m.

People's Choice Award Trophy Presentation: 6:30 p.m.


Chicago, IL – April 23, 2012: Chicagoans celebrate this year's Fourth annual Mole de Mayo outdoor festival on Saturday, May 26th and Sunday May 27th, 2012. The Mole de Mayo Festival will take place on Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Sunday, May 27th from noon to 9:00 p.m. at 18th St. and Peoria St., just off of Halsted, in the Pilsen neighborhood, the heart of Chicago's Mexican community. The event is being organized by ESDC, the Eighteenth Street Development Corporation, a non-profit organization that has served the Pilsen Community for over 35 years.

Mole (pronounced moe-le) is a traditional Mexican sauce, typically made of chilies, nuts, spices, chocolate and seasonings. Traditionally served with chicken or over enchiladas or just about anything, this dish is a staple in most Mexican households. Mole originates from the Puebla, a region of Mexico.

"We are excited for this 4th annual Family event held throughout the Memorial Day weekend, as we've had an outstanding response from years prior and continuously increase the number of vendors and new entertainment acts that encourage familial participation" said staff ESDC's, Hector Saldana.

The Mole cook off will include awards in two categories; Best Mole Award and the People's Choice Award. The cook-off judges will be an eclectic mix of Chicagoans – including food conosours, celebrity judges and a host of foodies throughout the Chicago Land area.

A variety of restaurants from Pilsen and the surrounding Chicago Communities have signed up to compete! In addition to sampling the mole and other food specialties, vendors will also be selling Micheladas (Mexican-style Beer Bloody Mary's) and Sangria. Participants will have the opportunity to take away "Mole de Mayo" souveniers, to shop at the outdoor Mercado/Market that will be filled with local Pilsen businesses, displaying a variety of artisans and merchandise, including Mole vendors. A variety of live entertainment will fill the two days, the much anticipated return of the high flying Lucha Libre Wrestlers will be displaying their fun-filled acrobatics and wild stunt driven performances. As well as two Mariachi bands (a youth and adult band) on Sunday!

Come and Sample Mole, learn about Mole or show-off your Mole skills, this Memorial Day Weekend!


  • Extra Newspaper (www.extranews.net)
  • Rockotitlan Chicago (www.rockotitlanchicago.com)
  • MainStream Media Ent. (www.mainstreammediaent.com)
  • TeVen Livestream (www.livestream.com/teven)
  • Wintrust Community Bank
  • Geralex Cleaning Services
  • Monterrey Security
  • Filberts (www.glassbottlesoda.org)
  • Studio D.
  • Solis
  • Leticia Madrigal
  • Tampico
  • Miller-Coors
  • Allied Waste Services


    * Luchadores GALLI : (Sat 6pm-8pm) (Sun 4pm-6pm)

    Saturday Times - Noon

    Mariachi de la Orozco (Youth Mariachi Band)
    1pm - 1:45pm
    Food & Fire (Rock)
    2pm - 2:40pm
    Phero (hiphop) (www.pherolive.com/)
    2:50pm - 3:25pm
    Hurakan (Aztec Ambience) (www.grupohurakanchicago.blogspot.com)
    3:40pm - 4:20pm
    Son Mudanza (son jarocho) (www.facebook.com/sonmudanza)
    4:35pm - 5:15pm
    Jugo de Mango (cumbia, rock) (www.myspace.com/jugodemangoband)
    5:25pm - 6:05pm
    Elissa Todd and the Music Republic (funk) (www.themusicrepublic.us)
    6:20pm - 7:05pm
    Fandanguero (son cubano, folk) (www.fandanguero.net)
    7:25pm - 8:10pm
    Malafacha (reggae, ska) (www.malafacha.com)
    8:30pm - 9:30pm
    Sones de Mexico (www.sonesdemexico.com) 2 time grammy nominee
    9:30 - 10:00pm
    Fire Dancers

    Sunday Times - Noon

    Danza (Azteca or Folk)
    1pm - 1:45pm
    2pm - 2:45pm
    Sol Azul (rock)
    3pm - 3:45pm
    Caupolican (Folk) (www.facebook.com/caupolican.folk)
    4pm - 4:45pm
    Luciano Antonio Trio (bossa, samba) (www.lucianoantonio.com)
    5pm - 5:45pm
    6pm - 6:45pm
    Son del Viento (son jarocho) (www.facebook.com/sondelviento)
    7pm - 7:45pm
    Buya (bomba puertorriqueña) (www.bombaconbuya.com)
    8pm - 9pm
    Cumbia Machin (www.cumbiamachin.com) from San Diego, California
    9pm -9:45
    Fire Dancers


    Alejandro Medina (confirmed)
    Victor Montañez (confirmed)
    Robert Valadez (confirmed) http://robertvaladez.com
    Frank Diaz (confirmed)
    Rosy Campanita Torres (confirmed)
    Diana Solis (confirmed) www.dianasolisarteypapel.blogspot.com
    Vince Jasso - street art - (confirmed)
    Ricardo Gonzalez (confirmed)
    Roy Villalobos www.roysurreal.mosaicglobe.com
    Ivan García (confirmed) live painting
    Live Street Art (confirmed)
    Alfonso "Piloto" Nieve Ruiz www.anrstudios.com/educator/ (confirmed) Kids Activities
    DBA Mother Earth (confirmed) Hand Crafts / Artesania
    Adriana Rivera (confirmed) Hand Crafts / Artesania
    Victor Navarro (confirmed)
    Edgar Solorzano (confirmed)

    Small Stage:

    Cafe Bohemia Stage / Street Lounge Stage/El MIlagro Stage??

    Saturday 26 - Noon

    DJ Rebel X (cumbia, rock, norteña, mosh)
    3pm - 5pm
    Sonorama (cumbia, latin funk)
    5pm - 7pm
    DJ Soundculture (gypsy, salsa)
    7pm - 9pm
    DJ MIss Cedeño (electro, rock)

    Sunday 27 - Noon

    DJ Rebel X (cumbia, rock, norteña, mosh)
    3pm - 5pm
    Sonorama (cumbia, latin funk)
    5pm - 7pm
    DJ Resistol 5000 (latin alternative rock)
    7pm - 9pm


    Fogata Village
    Agustin Bahena 312.850.1702/3122175072 1812 S. Ashland Ave.
    La Ciudad
    Petra de la Rosa 773-416-9861 5005 S. Ashland Ave.
    La Esperanza
    jorge garcia/Adela Martinez (312) 226-9640 1864 S. Blue Island Ave.
    Alex Cabrera (312) 455 9380 733 W. Maxwell Street
    Las Palmas
    Armando/Berto 773-289-4991 1835 W. North Ave.
    Mundial Cocina Mestiza
    Mario Cotta 312.491.9908/708-979-0113c 1640 W. 18th Street
    Sergio Reyes 312-217-1995 1626 S. Halsted Street


    1. Julio Gems E&J Designs
    2. Don Churro
    3. Ice Cream
    4. Ice Cream (not confirmed)
    5. Hot Muli Mole Maker (not confirmed)
    6. Dr. Hernandez NutriMedicos
    7. El Campeón
    8. Total Connections Inc.
    9. Family Health Network
    10. Mercedes Conejo


    Sylvia Hevia

    Director of Development and Marketing International Latino Cultural Center
    Sylvia Hevia holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Purdue University (1993). Since graduating, she has become a marketing specialist with experience in events marketing, promotions, fundraising and social media. With 18-plus years of experience, she co-founded Habanero Communications Inc., a strategic marketing company specializing in the multi-generational Latino market. In addition, Sylvia is a professional singer who has shared the stage with Arturo Sandoval, Spanish Harlem Orchestra, & Los Soneros del Barrio, to name a few. She began working for the Center on September 1, 2011 and has been recently been promoted to Director of Development & Marketing on May 1st

    Vicente Serrano

    Vicente Serrano is an Emmy-award winning broadcast journalist. He is the former host of "En Contexto con Vicente Serrano" which aired on WSNS-44 NBC-Telemundo Chicago for the last 3 years. Vicente was born and raised in Navojoa, Sonora, México. He came to the United States when he was 18 years old and started his career in Spanish media in Los Angeles, California. He became the youngest general assignment reporter for KWHY-22 in 1998. A year later, he was hired by Univision's local news station in Los Angeles KMEX-34, and in 2000 moved to Phoenix, Arizona to become the youngest news anchor in the country for KTTW-33. He also worked as a national correspondent for Noticiero Univision National until 2003. He received the Golden Mic Award in 2001 from the Southern California Broadcaster's Association for Best Financial Report "A guide for Latinos to report taxes to Uncle Sam". He was awarded three Emmy's form the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Two of them in 2002 and 2003 from the Mountain Chapter in Phoenix, Arizona for Best Series Hard News "The Killings of women in Juarez, México" and Best Hard News Coverage No Time Limit "David's miracle". He was awarded the third Emmy in 2004 by the Midwest Chapter in Chicago, Illinois for "Las Muertas de Juarez".He was a columnist for the newspaper HOY, owned by Tribune Publishing Company from 2003 to 2006. He is a filmmaker by accident. In 2008 released his opera prima "A Forgotten Injustice" which he produced and directed. "A Forgotten Injustice" is the first film that uncovers the massive and unconstitutional deportation of more than two million U.S citizens and legal residents of Mexican descent. His Grandmother and Great Uncle are victims of the illegal deportations. Vicente resides in Chicago with his youngest brother.

    Lourdes Duarte

    Lourdes Duarte is co-anchor of WGN News at Five weekdays from 5-6pm and host of "Adelante Chicago" bi-weekly Saturdays from 6:30-7am. Lourdes came to WGN-TV in September 2007 as a general assignment reporter for WGN News at Noon and WGN News at Nine. Prior to joining WGN-TV, Lourdes worked for three years as a reporter and fill-in anchor for WJBK-TV, the Fox affiliate in Detroit, Michigan. She also worked for two years as a reporter for WXIN-TV in Indianapolis. While there, she launched and hosted the station's public affairs program "Hoy en Dia," and anchored daily news cut-ins for radio station WEDJ-FM. Lourdes was a reporter in Peoria at WHOI-TV and at Metro Networks in Miami, Florida for radio stations WLRN-FM and WTMI-FM. She got her start in Chicago, working as a freelance reporter for Telemundo.