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Address: 1831 S Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60608-3455
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Chicago's Mexican-American community.

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Authentic mostly Mexican neighborhood

Pilsen is an interesting place to be. The area has yet to be really gentrified, so it still has an ethnic flavor to it. Naturally, there are a lot of Mexican restaurants and... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 9 January 2017
Chicago, Illinois
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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017

Pilsen is an interesting place to be. The area has yet to be really gentrified, so it still has an ethnic flavor to it. Naturally, there are a lot of Mexican restaurants and "mom & pop" stores of different varieties. If you are a fan of street art, this is a place to see it.

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Wellington, NZ
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

To find the bits of Pilsen that the guide books claim are full of old-style character now being gentrified, turn left when you come off the L. There;'s a fantastic second hand bookshop on the left and some interesting second hand clothing and junk shops. Ask recommendations for good Mexican food.

Thank Smichols2009
Distrito Federal, México
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

This was my second time visiting Pilsen, first time I went with some locals but this time I brought some friends with me and showed them how awesome this place is. The murals, the vintage stores and of course its people make Pilsen so great.

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Pittsburgh, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

We rented an Airbnb property in this neighborhood as one of our family members was running the Chicago Marathon. The marathon runs right through the neighborhood which was very convenient. The crowd was super energetic and supportive of the marathoners. There were so many spectators it was really hard to see our family runner in the course. Restaurants here were... More 

1 Thank Laura M
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2016 via mobile

One of Chicago's ethnic enclaves, originally German and now largely Mexican. Great for architecture buffs. Good Mexican food Note the houses with lower floors below sidewalk level. They were built before the sidewalks were installed. Not much yet in the way of shopping, but that's sure to change once the northern neighborhoods like Andersonville fill up

1 Thank K F
Rosarito, Mexico
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2016

This neighborhood is arty without all the farty. (That's up north. imho) Hardcore gentrification hasn't hit these streets so you have a mom & pop, DIY, industrial feel. The The National Museum of Mexican Art and Mana Contemporary are here along with many other galleries and funky places that remind me of what Williamsburg (Brooklyn) was like before the big... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2016

I live in Chicago more than 20 years but today it was my first visit to Pilsen. I was so surprise! This neighborhood is alive! You won't find here (yet) expensive modern condos. Houses are small and lots are small. But there is a vibe and color and happiness around. Bohemian style neighborhood with a lot of colorful murals (not... More 

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Chicago, Illinois, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2016

Tons of great (affordable) food, art, culture - everything! There's a free Museum of Mexican art there, lots of great Mexican restaurants, and a large walkable mural area.

Thank Alex M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2016 via mobile

I've been living in Pilsen for a year & a half and love it! There are great restaurants, especially along 18th st, festivals, shows, and artist lofts. Make sure to get some tamales in the morning at 21st & Damen, there are other carts with elotes, nieve, etc all over the neighborhood when the weather is nice.

2 Thank Heather F
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2016

Pilsen is one of the great ethnic neighborhoods in Chicago. But it is more than eating delicious Mexican food. The area, bounded by 16th Street to the North, the Chicago River to the East and Western Avenue to the West, is a hub for colorful, community-painted murals, dozens of them, the first of which went up in 1976. The murals... More 

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