Alebrijes: Creatures of a Dream World

Experience the sight of vibrantly colored, beautiful dream-like sculptures known throughout Mexico as Alebrijes. Each sculpture featured in this exhibit has been created by experienced and professionally trained Mexican artists to be displayed throughout Cantigny Park.

Brought to you by Cantigny Park, Mexican Cultural Center DuPage, West Chicago and DuPage Convention & Visitors Bureau.

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Creatures of a Dream World

Alebrijes originated in Mexico City in the mid-1930s, from the mind of Pedro Linares, an artist who made and sold pinatas and carnival masks in the markets of the city. One day Pedro began having strange dreams. Within these dreams, Pedro Linares saw vibrant, multi-colored creatures that featured elements of real-world animals blended together, all the while he heard a voice repeating an unrecognizable word to him: “Alebrijes”. When Pedro awoke from these dreams he used the traditional Mexican art of Cartonería (a papercraft similar to paper-mache) Linares brought to life the amazing mythical animals he saw in his sleep. Thus, creating the first Alebrijes.

Visiting Cantigny Park

Viewing the vibrant sculptures of the Alebrijes: Creatures of a Dream World exhibit and Cantigny Park itself are free, with visitors only having to pay $5 to park, $10 on summer weekends. 


February 1 - February 28 Friday - Sunday 9 am - Sunset
March 1 - April 30 Daily 9 am - Sunset
May 1 - October 31 Daily 7 am - Sunset
November 1 - December 30 Daily 9 am - Sunset*
December 31 - January 31 Closed Closed

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