Pilsen Neighborhood Guide
Though Pilsen is known today for it’s Mexican roots, it actually was named by it’s prior inhabitants– the Czechs. (Plzeň is a city in the Czech Republic.) Today the neighborhood is an interesting mix of European and Slavic cultures and Chicago’s largest Mexican population.
Most of the neighborhood’s activity goes down on 18th Street and 26th Street, which are lined with Mexican restaurants, bakeries and stores.
There’s also a thriving art community in Pilsen, which is famous for its intricate and colorful murals. The area is also home to the National Museum of Mexican Art. If you’re more into art in the form of authentic Mexican cuisine, Pilsen will not disappoint. Take Rick Bayless’ advice and head to Pilsen, where the cooks have on the whole managed to avoid American influence in their dishes.
What’s up in Pilsen
Pilsen Super Map
L Lines: Pink Line (18th Street); Orange Line (Halsted)
Bus: #7, 8, 9, 12, 18, 60, 157
Attractions in Pilsen
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Restaurants in Pilsen
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Nightlife in Pilsen
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Gyms & Spas in Pilsen
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