All SRBCC programs receive partial funding from CityArts Grants from the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events, The Illinois Arts Council, Driehaus – MacArthur Funds for Arts and Culture, Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, and Field Foundation of Illinois.

SRBCC offers a yearly artistic series that celebrates Puerto Rican arts and culture and promotes collaborations between Chicago-based artists and artists coming from Puerto Rico. After years of naming the monthly celebration after classic Puerto Rican songs (Las Caras Lindas 2017, and Borinken Me Llama 2018), SRBCC’s 2019 series is inspired by the 1950’s classic by Tito Henríquez “Bello Amanecer” (Beautiful Sunrise). While “Borinken Me Llama 2018” (Puerto Rico is Calling 2018) focused on the emergency and humanitarian crisis immediately after hurricane María, “Bello Amenecer” will address the challenges faced by Puerto Rican artists with an eye on emergent projects and the new wave of creative minds that have decided to stay, reconstruct, reinvent, and redefine the future of arts on the island.

Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center, Discover Puerto Rico and Día de la Mujer Latina invite you to…


Featuring special guests Chef Xavier Pacheco, Chef Raúl Correa, Chef María Grubb and Chef Carlos Portela.

May 18, 2019 | Latinicity | 108 N. State Street | Chicago IL | 5:30 PM

Gourmet Puerto Rico is Chicago’s finest Puerto Rican Gastronomy event and fundraiser benefiting Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center and Día de la Mujer Latina.

Gourmet Puerto Rico will feature 4 food stations and celebrate Puerto Rico’s leading Chefs, global cuisine, culture, music, tourism and much more. Hosted by WGN’s Ana María Belaval, Gourmet Puerto Rico will propel all aspects of Puerto Rican cuisine and cocktails. Ticket includes Chef-crafted food tastings, 2 cocktails and entertainment.

After the resounding success of our 2015 and 2017 Mask and Puppet-Making Workshops supported by The Trust for Public Land, The Chicago Fund for Safe and Peaceful Communities and the MacArthur International Connections Program, Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center (SRBCC) brings back one of its most popular programs to date.

SRBCC will partner again with the Chicago Fund for Safe and Peaceful Communities and Pedro Adorno’s Agua Sol y Sereno Theater Company from Puerto Rico. As part of a community effort to secure the future of the Puerto Rican Festival, SRBCC joins forces with the new Puerto Rican Festival Committe (Fiestas Patronales Daniel Ramos) to offer a series of free mask-making workshops for all ages, leading up to two musical processions in Humboldt Park (6/15 at PR Festival) and Haas Park (6/18 at Night Out in the Parks).

In-depth 3-hour specialized workshops at SRBCC. Walk-in kids activities and simple construction workshops available at the Puerto Rican Festival on Saturday, June 15 and Sunday, June 16.

Limited spaces available. All materials included.

Participants must committ to a minimum of two workshops and one “comparsa” (musical procession). Registration is required.


El Circo de la Ausencia, an exhibit by Y No Habia Luz until July 2019 at The National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture. Visit

Read the interactive story by WBEZ’s Bill Healy here.

Hear SRBCC’s Executive Director Omar Torres-Kortright’s interview with Worldview’s Jerome McDonnell from WBEZ here.

Our funders include The Driehaus Foundation, The Chicago Community Trust, MacArthur Foundation, and The Field Foundation of Illinois.

All programs are supported in part by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events’s City Arts Grant and receive operational support from the Illinois Arts Council.