The ofrenda at the 2021 Dia de los Muertos festival is adorned with candles, decorations and photos of lost loved ones. (Chronicle file photo)
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Popular Day of the Dead festival returns to Martin Square Oct. 15

By the end of Homewood’s first Dia de los Muertos festival last year, the crowd got into the spirit of the event, and Martin Square was filled with people dancing along with larger than life La Catrina and El Catrin figures.

The Day of the Dead festival will be back from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, and Gloria Contreras, art and performance curator, hopes to fill the square with color, music and joy.

Dia de los Muertos festival in Homewood is on Saturday, Oct. 15.

Homewood officials were surprised by the . . .

Winter events


  • Flossmoor Business Association open house, 5 to 7 p.m., downtown Flossmoor.


  • Holiday Lights in Homewood, 5 to 9 p.m., Ridge Road and Martin Avenue downtown. Shopping, carousel, mulled wine, cookies, ice sculpture, music, antique car parade.
  • Tree-lighting ceremony with Santa Claus, 7 p.m., Irwin Park.


  • Janet Gustafson’s gingerbread village tours, 3 to 6 p.m. Register at


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