The Brazil-Chicago Connection

Salvador, Bahia, Brazil Chicago resident and Salvador, Bahia native, Virna Souza, Founder of, says the website was a matter of necessity. "The Brazilian population is exploding here in Chicago and with it, the undeniable need for one central resource to tie the Brazilian community together. This is the Brazil Chicago Connection. At we continue to work and find ways to help people navigate and keep informed of Chicago's Brazilian culture."

It's no coincidence that three Brazilian restaurants have popped up in the heart of River North, with others sprouting up in nearby suburbs. Says Souza, "Chicagoans are finally getting a taste of Brazilian culture. They are beginning to understand why Brazilians are so passionate about their country.

The growing appetite for Brazilian culture in Chicago stretches far beyond the famously delicious churrascarias. In fact, over the past years, Chicago has seen a huge influx of Brazilian art, music, cinema, dance and theater. Tropicalia, a modern Brazilian art exibit, held a six-week showing at Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art. Concerts and performances featuring famous Brazilian entertainers wow packed houses. And frequent Brazilian film screenings at The Gene Siskel Center and the Latino Film Festival are greeted with rave reviews.

Chicago, Illinois, USA Native Chicagoans, visiting tourists, transplanted Brazilians and all cultures alike will love the resources has to offer. Need to plan a trip to Brazil? Just access's travel link. And be sure to check in with the local consulate link before readying your passport! Want to know where to find us and the next Brazilian event in Chicago? has the inside scoop! Missing your favorite Brazilian groceries? has all your options for Chicago stores with the Brazilian goods.

So whether you want to take some samba lessons, get your brazilian bikini, find the best steakhouse, or need a translator to help you with your documents and language needs, if it's Brazilian and it's in Chicago, you can find it at! is a proud sponsor and supporter of Lar Irma Benedita, an orphanage in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. Proceeds benefit the children in Salvador, Bahia. You can help by buying a shirt, a bumper sticker or by wiring your donation directly by clicking on the website. For more information please feel free to contact us!

To read about the Brazilian community in Chicago and the Brazil Chicago connection from a historical perspective, CLICK HERE. is the premier online resource for everything Brazilian in Chicagoland. With a comprehensive listing of events, restaurants, stores, nightlife, news, organizations and classifieds, ranks Number one resource in Illinois. As an advertiser, this translates into the most exposure for your products and services.

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