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Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center


4048 W. Armitage Ave.




Sat, Oct 15: 10am - 5pm

Sun, Oct 16: 12pm - 5pm

Photography Permitted Refreshments Available Washrooms Available Wheelchair Accessible


Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center occupies part of what used to be the Karlov Theater from 1917 to 1952. The theater had nearly 900 seats, and through the 1990s and early 2000s the storefront spaces were used mainly for retail. In 2007, SRBCC purchased a combined space consisting of five retail spaces, two artist resident apartments and a theater area. SRBCC is the longest-running Latino cultural center in Chicago. Established in 1971, it was named in honor of Segundo Ruiz Belvis, a Puerto Rican patriot and member of a secret abolitionist society that freed slave children under Spanish rule. In that spirit, SRBCC realizes its mission to preserve and promote appreciation of the culture and arts of Puerto Rico and Latin America, with a focus on its African heritage. Working in partnership with After School Matters, SRBCC provides paid apprenticeships to youth (ages 14-24) to learn Afro-Latin percussion, Bomba, Afro-Caribbean jazz, music production, interdisciplinary storytelling and Caribbean cooking. SRBCC also offers percussion classes, live-music events and community workshops that promote cultural understanding through artistic expression.

Visitor Experience

The main venue space, which once operated as a theater, will be open for tours.