The Ñ Beat: October 8, 2016

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CHICAGO (WLS) -- The Ñ Beat is an Emmy award- winning show that turns the spotlight on Chicago's vibrant Latino community... from the medical and educational fields, to the culinary scene... and the entertainment business! ABC7's Stacey Baca is the host. Correspondents include Michelle Gallardo, Roz Varon, John Garcia, Tanja Babich and Rob Elgas.

Lin-Manuel Miranda

Lin-Manuel Miranda is the 'architect' of perhaps, Broadway's -biggest- Blockbuster... the Hip-Hop musical, -Hamilton-! Just days before the opening of the Chicago Hamilton production, this Tony and Pulitzer prize winner took time out to talk with ABC7 Entertainment Reporter, Janet Davies, about his Puerto Rican heritage and his latest honor.... A Ceiba award from the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture!

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Chicago boasts all types of international, its surprising that only one Costa Rican restaurant serves up specialties from that Central American country. Irazu in Bucktown is the ultimate 'American Dream'. Geraldo & Miriam Cerdas came to the states in order to have a better life. Miriam worked in a cafeteria, but loved to cook and wanted to be her own boss. They scraped together enough to buy a tiny space... and Irazu was born, 26 years ago. It's now in the capable hands of one of their sons, Henry, who's expanded and modernized the Bucktown favorite.


1865 N. Milwaukee Ave


Erick "Roho" Garcia

Graffiti is a medium that launches many artists... artists like Erick Garcia. But this South Suburban man.. who goes simply by 'Roho'... is now making a name for himself creating large-scale murals that grace prominent walls all over the city. Just as important as creating his masterpieces.. is 'giving back'... he has taught for After School Matters for nearly 10 years... and launched his own 'collective' to teach young artists 'the ropes' of selling and marketing their work.

For more information or to contact Roho:

Hispanic Executive Magazine

At 55-million, the U-S' Hispanic population easily ranks as the largest minority group in the country... but even with those staggering numbers, the business world seems slow to move Latinos into the boardrooms..only 4% of American executives are Hispanic. It's a trend a magazine right here in Chicago is trying to change... by telling the -many- Hispanic executive.. 'success stories'!!

Hispanic Executive/Guerrero Howe Custom Media

825 West Chicago

Chicago, IL

National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture

Nearly two decades ago, the historic Humboldt Park 'stables' were on the verge of being converted into office space, that is, until a group of community members stepped in with a plan. Now, this century-old horse stable is the nation's only free-standing museum devoted to preserving the rich history of Puerto Rican culture.

National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture

3015 W. Division St.

Chicago, IL


Latino Fashion Week/Designer Carina Chiquito

Latino Fashion Week just marked a big milestone.. its 10th year here! Its an event that turns the spotlight on Hispanic designers from all over the -world-! We meet a -hometown- talent, Carina Chiquito. Carina's portfolio includes evening wear, red-carpet looks and bridal gowns. This Chicago native and recent college graduate plans to take the fashion world 'by storm' and at the 2016 Latino Fashion Week, she presented a dozen different looks on the runway.