Latinx Heritage Month

Honor the enduring contributions and importance of the Latinx community.

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From September 15 through October 15, we’re celebrating Latinx Heritage Month at the Field. Hear from Latinx staff members and learn about the Field’s work, from Chicago to the Amazon rainforest. Explore events, exhibitions, and stories throughout the month.

Featured events

Join us for these limited special events featuring bilingual conversation.

Bilingual Storytime

During Latinx Heritage Month, join Laura Rodriguez-Romaní, founder of Los Amigos Books, for a fun-filled bilingual story time with your child. Afterward, both you and your child can participate in a short activity led by Field Museum staff. Bilingual Story Time will take place in the Crown Family PlayLab on Wednesdays from 11am–12pm.

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Almorzar y Aprender (Lunch & Learn)

Grab a bite at the Field Bistro and get to know some of the Museum’s hidden gems, plants, animals, and cultural materials connected to Latinx communities, languages, and lands. This discussion will be offered in both English and Spanish.

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Fall in love with fossil plants

A native of Colombia, surrounded by the Andes and its many types of forests, Dr. Fabiany Herrera became interested in rocks and mountains at a young age and quickly fell in love with fossil and living plants. Get to know Fabiany and his work discovering fossil floras that thrived in the Neotropical rainforests of present-day Central and South America between 140 and 20 million years ago.

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Special performances

Experience these vibrant music and dance performances that celebrate Latinx culture and tradition.

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Ballet Folklorico de Chicago

Ballet Folklorico de Chicago is one of the largest Mexican folkloric organizations in Illinois and the Midwest. They take pride in being an all-inclusive organization and teach their students about Mexican culture through dance, language, and traditions.

Event Details

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La Escuelita Bombera de Corazón

Based in the historic Humboldt Park Puerto Rican community, La Escuelita Bombera de Corazón was established in 2009 by Ivelisse “Bombera de Corazón” Diaz. As an African and Puerto Rican diasporic performing arts school, La Escuelita is committed to the preservation of Bomba percussion (buleo, maraca, cúa), dance (baile), vocals (canto), and history.

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Comunidad Kichwa Runa

The Comunidad Kichwa Runa, a group of Indigenous Kichwa people from Ecuador living in Chicago, will celebrate Latinx Heritage Month and Indigenous People's Day with a presentation of their culture at the Field Museum. The celebration will consist of performances, dances, presentations of Kichwa attire, and activities for children such as coloring sheets of traditional patterns.

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Planning your visit

Throughout the month, the Field Bistro on the museum’s main level will feature special dishes and ingredients from Latin America. 

View our Spanish map or pick up a paper copy when you arrive at the museum. We also have visit guides available in Spanish and Portuguese. 

Visita al Museo Field (Español)

Visita ao Field Museum (Português)

Shop online

Celebrate Latinx Heritage Month with special merchandise, books, and toys. All purchases help support the Field’s work.

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A selection of merchandise available for purchase at the museum stores.

Why "Latinx"? 

Our goal for Latinx Heritage Month is to celebrate the scientific ingenuity and cultural uniqueness of Latinx staff, researchers, and work that has been carried out in Latin America and the United States. 

In doing so, we would like to move away from language-centered terminology such as “Hispanic,” as it pertains to Spanish speakers and thus excludes many people who celebrate this month. The term “Latinx” has been used as a gender-neutral alternative to describe people of Latin American descent. The “x” replaces what in Spanish are the traditional “male” or “female” endings, “o” and “a.”

We recognize that no label is perfect, especially when defining a diverse group of people. Our hope for this year’s celebrations is to elevate and highlight Latinx stories and invite people to reflect on how they would like to be seen, thus beginning an excellent tradition for Latinx staff and community that will continue to grow and become more successful with time. Thank you for celebrating with us.

Additional resources

Field Museum staff members have a variety of different roles across the museum. Here are some featured speakers from past Latinx Heritage Month celebrations.

Bilingual Virtual Collections Tour

Andean Anthropology with Luis Muro 

Mammals in the Andes-Amazon Region with Farah Carrasco

Cultural Monarch Ties with Airis Cervantes

Learning Resources