A larger-than-life Muñeca Lele has been touring the city in celebration of Mexico Week with the Consulate General of Mexico in Chicago. The beloved traditional doll’s name, Lele, means “baby” in hñähñú, one of 69 indigenous languages from Mexico. Lele represents the traditions and customs of the Mexican state Querétaro.
In 2018, La Muñeca Lele was named a state cultural heritage site in Amealco, Querétaro. Now, a 13-foot adaptation of the handmade doll is traveling around Chicago until May 13th.
From visiting the Daley Plaza to stopping by O’Hare International Airport, the artisanal doll from Querétaro has been touring the Windy City this past week to take in the sights. Before Chicago, Lelel traveled everywhere from Sydney to Shanghai, and even stopped by Madrid!
Keep reading to see where she’ll be next!
- May 13: The Manuel Perez Jr. Plaza, 4345 W 26th St, Chicago, IL 60623
Stop by either location to snap a selfie with the adored replica and check out the following Mexico Week events below:
- The Food Route, which ends on May 14, includes 18 Chicago restaurants offering Jalisco-inspired Mexican dishes and drinks.
- The Huichol Art Exhibition, which ends on May 14 showcases Monumental sculptures by César Menchaca at Navy Pier.