Fri, 11/26/2021 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Think of it as Christkindlmarkt, with a Latino flavor and vibe.

The Chicago Latino Theater Alliance (CLATA) is adding all-new Latino flair to Chicago’s free, outdoor holiday entertainment offerings by introducing Destinos al Aire, A Holiday Extravaganza!, launching Friday, November 26 at Millennium Park, followed Friday, December 3 at the Humboldt Park Boathouse, and Friday, December 10 at Harrison Park in Pilsen.

On Friday, November 26 at 6 p.m., CLATA will kick off the 2021 Millennium Park Holiday Sing-Along Series with Destinos al Aire: Posadas y Parranda. Cuerdas Clásicas will perform Mexican Christmas posada classics, and the Frankie Diaz Trio featuring Milly Santiago will get everyone in the holiday spirit with Puerto Rican parranda and trulla traditions.

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“Que en esta Navidad el mejor regalo que recibas sea estar junto a tus seres queridos, amigos y colegas, compartiendo paz, esperanza y alegría,” said Myrna Salazar, Executive Director, Chicago Latino Theater Alliance.

“That means ‘this Christmas, the best present you get is to be near your loved ones, friends and colleagues sharing peace, hope and joy.’ At CLATA, and on behalf of all of Chicago’s Latino theater community, we invite Chicagoans to join their friends and loved ones at Destinos al Aire, to honor and celebrate the holidays with us in warm, traditional Latino styles.”

Destinos al Aire is presented as part of the Chicago Park District’s Night Out in the Parks series, supported by the Mayor’s Office and Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. Sponsors also include The Arts Work Fund and xfinity.

Note: Night Out in the Park events hosted in Chicago Park District locations must adhere to the City of Chicago's guidelines for park use, which state that all park users should continue to wear face coverings and practice social distancing when in a crowd, including outdoor events. For more information and updates on safety guidelines, visit

Artist bios

Destinos al Aire: Posadas y Parranda

Friday, November 26, 6 p.m. at Millennium Park

Cuerdas Clásicas: In 1976, Rodolfo Hernandez became the founder and Director of Cuerdas Clásicas. The group was established as a non-profit organization interpreting various genres of music including classical, semi-classical, instrumental, Mexican folkloric and estudiantina. For 45 years, the group has thrived, fulfilling its mission to promote the arts, traditions and culture of Latin America through its music for generations to come by providing music lessons.

The Frankie Diaz Trio: Frank Diaz Jr. is a guitarist and songwriter with more than 65 compositions in his songbook. He leads Frankie's People, a six-piece band featuring boleros and folk music from Puerto Rico and Cuba. Frankie's People is his third band in the past 15 years. For Destinos al Aire: Posadas and Parrandas, Diaz enlisted vocalist Narda Martinez, drummer José Natal, and percussionist Michael Rodriguez Jr., all of whom are of Puerto Rican descent.


Milly Santiago, of Santiago, Puerto Rico, is one of the most well-known Latino figures in Chicago. Her trajectory as a former newscaster for print media, radio, and TV news and most recently, her term as a member of City Council, have given her the respect and admiration for her dedication to serve Chicago’s Latino community. She is also a singer and has been labeled as a respected ambassador of the traditions and music of her beloved Island of Puerto Rico. She was the lead singer for Los Tres Corazones trio for 10 years and participated with various folkloric groups to perform the traditional Puerto Rican music especially during Christmas time. 

 About the Chicago Latino Theater Alliance (CLATA)

The Chicago Latino Theater Alliance (CLATA) is a transformative cultural engine helping drive the city’s local Latino theater community to a more prominent level. CLATA was founded in 2016 as a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization by Myrna Salazar and Chicago’s three most prominent Latino arts organizations: National Museum of Mexican Art (NMMA), International Latino Cultural Center (ILCC), and Puerto Rican Arts Alliance (PRAA), with the generous support of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.  

CLATA’s signature program is Destinos, Chicago’s annual, citywide, live, international theater festival dedicated to showcasing the Latino experience as told by Latino artists and companies from Chicago, the U.S. and Latin America. For six weeks each fall, Chicagoans and visitors to the city experience a rich, diverse array of Latino-themed shows, panels and student performances at marquee venues downtown and storefront theaters and cultural institutions in predominantly Latino neighborhoods throughout the city. 

CLATA receives generous support from The Paul M. Angell Family Foundation, The Joyce Foundation, The Ford Foundation, The Walder Foundation, The Arts Work Fund, The Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelly Foundation, The Illinois Humanities, The Shubert Foundation,  a CityArts grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, Illinois Arts Council Agency, National Endowment for the Arts, Allstate, ComEd and Southwest Airlines.

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