Pilsen is rich with traditions and community activities– a great place to live, work and dine at some of Chicago’s most authentic Mexican restaurants. Located about 12 blocks south of downtown, Pilsen took its name from Czech settlers in the 19th century who eventually made way to many generations of Mexican immigrants.
Here are some of our favorite Pilsen attractions:
Chicago Arts District—2nd Fridays: Centered around South Halsted and 18th Streets, 2nd Fridays Gallery night features opening receptions at galleries and artists’ studios in 30+ creative spaces, showcasing Chicago and national artists.
National Museum of Mexican Art: Located on 19th St., the free-entry museum showcases 3,000 years of art from both sides of the border through its vast 10,000-piece permanent collection. The National Museum of Mexican Art is the only Latino museum accredited by American Alliance of Museums.
Thalia Hall: A historic landmark building located at 1807 S Allport, the structure was modeled after the Prague Opera House. Thalia Hall was founded by John Dusek at the turn of the century as a meeting establishment for locals. In 2013, Bruce Finkelman and Craig Golden created three new concepts inside the property including a beer-inspired restaurant, a cocktail bar and a public hall for national entertainment acts.
Community Lowrider Fest: A community festival based in the industrial corridor of Pilsen, this Chicago festival brings together car and bike clubs from all across the Midwest, and features a curated line-up of local talent, mariachis and a special awards ceremony.
Laguanitas Brewing Company: The 2nd location of this well-known California brewer, the brewery opened last summer in a former steel warehouse. The building features a taproom, walking tours and daily live music.