Come to The National Museum of Mexican Art, where you can immerse yourself in the richness of Mexican art and culture right here in Chicago. We showcase 3,000 years of creativity from both sides of the border, connecting museum visitors to the diversity of Mexican culture. Whatever your background, you’ll connect to this museum on a very personal level.
The Chicago Union Lime Works was one of the groundbreaking businesses that helped transform this city from a township of wooden buildings into one constructed of bricks and stone. They started digging a deep quarry in 1859 after a massive bed of limestone was unearthed in the prairielands near Blue Island Ave. – where you now stand! Seven decades later, the digging stopped and quarry was adapted into a garbage dump, and by 1912 the initial stages of a green park for the working class.
This final chapter came on the heels of the Burnham Plan (1909) and was ultimately completed by 1950, but it was in 1993 in the predominantly Mexican neighborhood when the state-of-the-art Zapata Fieldhouse replaced the original 1920s field house.