Molinillo

Mexican Chicagoans

Mexican Chicagoans

Image of Molinillo

Molinillo

Molinillo
Wood; Mexico
2006

Dancing the Jarabe Tapatio
Photograph; Chicago, USA
UIC Hull-House Yearbook collection, 1930s

Early waves of Latino Chicagoans arrived in the 1910s and 20s, bringing with them different cultural practices and chocolate recipes! The 1930s and 40s saw new waves of Latino immigration, drawn by jobs like chocolate production. By the 1950s, the neighborhood around Halsted and Polk streets was the heart of Mexican Chicago. When the University took over in the 1960s, much of the community moved southwest to Pilsen and La Villita, but symbols from the old neighborhood remain, like St. Francis Church on Roosevelt or Cordi Marian Settlement on May Street. This chocolate stirrer (molinillo) could have been purchased at the nearby multicultural Maxwell Street market, alongside other chocolate utensils.

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