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“See Pilsen before it gentrifies”
Review of Pilsen

Pilsen
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Ranked #122 of 647 things to do in Chicago
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Owner description: Chicago's Mexican-American community.
Reviewed May 20, 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

Date of experience: May 2016
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Reviewed April 26, 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 money moved in and bleached the naturally evolving 'flavors' of the place. My art will be richer for having spent time in Pilsen.

Date of experience: April 2016
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Reviewed April 21, 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 only under bridges and train tracks but also on buildings all around the area). It used to be very Polish and East-European neighborhood (check St Adalbert Church established in 1914) but now it is a very Spanish area with a beautiful National Museum of Mexican Art.

Date of experience: April 2016
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Reviewed April 20, 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.

Date of experience: May 2015
1  Thank Alex M
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Reviewed April 15, 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.

Date of experience: April 2016
3  Thank Heather F
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