Fiesta del Sol has been a vibrant part of Chicago’s summer landscape for 38 years. An annual fundraising event organized by the Pilsen Neighbors Community Council, Fiesta del Sol has plenty of food, carnival games booths and performances for all ages. Unlike many area festivals, Fiesta del Sol is tobacco and alcohol-free. This year, the festival, held from July 29-August 1, teamed up with students at a local high school to compete against other “Green Teams” in Chicago to increase environmental efforts.

We have preserved these audio snapshots as a way to welcome immigrants and visitors to one of Chicago’s more unheralded treasures: A shared summer in the city.

Enjoy the slideshow that captures some of the sights and sounds of the fiesta and then click on the photos below to hear “snapshots” of festival-goers with rich stories about their immigrant backgrounds and experiences. We hope you enjoy exploring the Summer Snapshots as much as we did. Please share your stories with us as well.

Audio Snapshots