A Festive Evening for a Great Cause!


Please join us for our 3rd Annual Masquerade at the Stan Mansion (2408 N. Kedzie) in Logan Square on October 28, 2016 from 6 p.m. - midnight. By supporting our Masquerade, you will help LUCHA advance housing as a human right and empower communities through advocacy, education, affordable housing development, and comprehensive housing services!


Any questions can be directed to James Miletello, LUCHA Director of Development by email at jmiletello@lucha.org or by phone at 773-276-5338 ext. 231.


Honoring Our Annual Awardees



CCL Executive Director
Ellen Ray

LUCHA is proud to announce The Center for Changing Lives (CCL), led for the last three years by Executive Director Ellen Ray, as the 2016 recipient of its The LUCHA Legacy Award. This award recognizes stakeholders who have helped cement LUCHA's legacy or whose work furthers values to which LUCHA ascribes.  CCL works closely with LUCHA to support disadvantaged populations overcome lack of resources and other barriers in the pursuit of economic opportunity.




Joe Moreno
(1st Ward)



LUCHA is also proud to announce three recipients of its Pablo Medina Award. Named after Pablo Medina (a LUCHA founder and community organizer), this award recognizes stakeholders whose efforts help LUCHA better-pursue its community development work: Alderman Proco Joe Moreno, for expanding affordable housing options during tremendous residential and economic growth in the 1st Ward; Alderman Roberto Maldonado, for his steadfast and continuous commitment to preserving affordability for residents of the 26th Ward; and Alderman Carlos Ramirez Rosa, for his dedication to inclusive, community decision-making in creating affordable housing in the 35th Ward. 



Roberto Maldonado
(26th Ward) 

Beyond the dedication to their respective awards, each of these elected officials have played a key role in LUCHA' efforts to create the 45-unit Tierra Linda in Humboldt Park and Logan Square. Tierra Linda  will be Chicago's first affordable rental housing development which features green construction and a focus on health/wellness for its residents.  One of the six-flat Tierra Linda configurations will also be constructed as a Passive House - a low-energy home design requiring less heating/cooling expenses.





Carlos Ramirez Rosa
(35th Ward) 

While LUCHA has in the past only granted its Pablo Medina Award to one recipient each year, the collective contribution of each of these three elected officials to Tierra Linda is significant. LUCHA is proud to recognize each one as 2016 Pablo Medina awardee! 


Food, Drink, and Entertainment! 


Members of ESSO (El Sonido Sonic Octopus) - Featured Masquerade Performers!


LUCHA's Masquerade will feature an open bar, an impressive dinner spread that will include vegetarian options, and a live performance from acclaimed members of the band ESSO. Free valet parking will be available for guests in attendance.

We request that you don elegant  black and white attire and a festive mask!

About ESSO

Named "Best New Band" and "Best International/World Music Act" by the Chicago Reader's Poll in July 2016, ESSO performs funky Afro-Latino and roots rock inspired dance music.  The ethnically diverse crew of musicians establish driving polyrhythmic grooves, combining biting twang guitar with the strength of brass horns, coro group singing, and urban poetry all in an eclectic mix of raw energetic sounds.


ESSO has shared the stage with Grammy winners: Natalia Lafourcade, Bomba Estereo, Ozomatli, Los Amigos Invisibles, Cafe Tacuba, Kinky as well as: Sonido Gallo Negro, Chicha Libre, Saul Williams, Jeremy Sole, Los Rakas, Jenny & the Mexicats, Gaby Moreno, Alice Russell, Eufórquestra and Boogat.


They've played for notable festivals: Ruido Fest, Chicago World Music Festival, Logan Square Arts Festival,  Taste of Chicago, Clark Street Festival, Villapalooza and more.


ESSO has a strong commitment to public service. To this end, their notable experience and active work in performing for grassroots community organizations has helped raise awareness and vital funding for important after-school and immigrant justice programs across Chicago.  


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LUCHA's Mission

LUCHA (the Spanish word for "struggle") advances housing as a human right by  empowering communities- particularly the Latino and Spanish-speaking populations- through advocacy, education, affordable housing development, and comprehensive housing services. Please visit www.lucha.org to learn more.


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