Mole De Mayo

Join Economic Strategies Development Corporation (ESDC) for our annual Mole de Mayo Festival, the only outdoor mole cook-off even celebrating Latino culture and Mexican cuisine. Since 2009, we have kept up with time-honored tradition, local chefs and restaurants will face off and vie for the coveted title of ‘Best Mole” and “People’s Choice” award.
The three-day fest is located on 18th St. (Blue Island Ave. to  Ashland Ave.) and includes an open-air mercado that will be bustling with local merchants, crafters, and artisans. You will also find music, dancing, aromas of savory mole dishes, and the excitement from the lucha libre wrestling that makes for an authentic recipe for some serious joie de vivre.

ESDC’s 2020 Mole de Mayo festival, held annually in May, celebrates Pilsen’s Latino culture and Mexican cuisine with an outdoor mole cookoff has been postponed. The safety of our attendees, neighbors, and community comes first and believe it’s the right thing to do.

To bring positivity to this crisis, we present Virtual Mole de Mayo on the same days! Livestreaming performances and local restaurants featuring mole specials to be announced on our event page and