The City of West Chicago's Cultural Arts Commission has launched an exciting new initiative known as "WeGo Loteria". This initiative is closely connected to DuPage County's 2023 pop-art theme, which was inspired by the summer exhibit "Warhol," and it also celebrates West Chicago's Mexican culture. Loteria, often described as Mexican bingo, is a traditional game with a rich and centuries-old history, distinguishing itself from regular bingo by requiring players to match illustrations on playing cards.
To participate in WeGo Loteria, community members have two options: they can obtain a printed playing board from the entryway of City Hall or download one from the City's website at westchicago.org/loteria. Once in possession of a playing board, residents can explore various locations within West Chicago to discover 32 original artworks, all created by 16 talented local artists. To play, participants need to locate the artwork that corresponds with the specific Loteria images on their playing cards and record the unique ID code provided on each installation.
The primary objective of the game is to match the Loteria images on the artworks with those on your playing board. Participants can achieve this by connecting a horizontal, vertical, or diagonal row of found image artworks on their board. Upon completing the game, participants have the opportunity to email images of their completed boards to email@example.com, which enters them for a chance to win a special prize (subject to availability).
WeGo Loteria is an inclusive initiative open to residents of all ages and will continue to run through mid-November. It offers a fun and interactive way for the community to engage with art, culture, and the local artistic community.
For further details about WeGo Loteria, including instructions on how to download a playing board and information about where to find the artworks located throughout West Chicago, visit the City’s website at westchicago.org/loteria.