Latin American flags coming to streetlights in Humboldt Park

Latin American flags coming to streetlights in Humboldt Park

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The twin Puerto Rican flags that bookend Division Street in Humboldt Park will soon be joined by steel flags from other Latin American countries.

“What they’re going to do is install these smaller flags on the streetlights between Campbell Avenue and Sacramento Avenue,” said Alejandro Riera, a spokesperson for the Puerto Rican Cultural Center.

On Friday Ald. Roberto Maldonado and PRCC Executive Director Jose Lopez are expected to be joined by Latin American consul generals at Nellie’s Restaurant, 2458 W. Division St., at 10 a.m. to unveil plans for the installation of the new flags.

The PRCC hopes to use the flags to launch a “historic expansion of Paseo Boricua to include Latin American restaurants and entertainment, making Division Street’s Paseo Boricua the only place in Chicago to showcase the cultural and culinary offerings of all the countries of Latin America,” said a release from the organization.

In addition to being at Friday’s unveiling, the consul generals are also invited to walk in the 37th Annual Puerto Rican People’s Parade on Saturday at 2 p.m.

This is a developing story, check back for updates.