Back in the mid-to-late 1990’s when we were living in the south loop, my daughter was playing on a youth soccer team that played near Pilsen. Other parents and I use to comment on how great the neighborhood location and architecture was. So close to the loop; shopping and restaurants in the south loop; and near Greek Town with the west loop in its shadow. It was full of possibilities! Well, it is now firmly in its renaissance, as evidenced by Forbes Magazine that put Pilsen on its list of the 12 coolest neighborhoods in the WORLD!
Pilsen was first established by Eastern European bohemians in the late 1800’s. In the mid-to-late 20th century, the neighborhood became home to Mexican immigrants seeking community, and they brought with them their vibrant culture and traditions. (The National Museum of Mexican Art in Pilsen houses a very impressive 10,000 piece collection.) In recent times, artists and students have begun to populate the area and Pilsen has become a celebrated melting pot of arts and culture. Galleries and performance venues are popping up next to family-run bars and restaurants. Multigenerational mom and pop establishments are thriving alongside new businesses, making Pilsen a unique community in which there is appreciation for both economic growth and preservation of history.
Pilsen is fast becoming a desirable place to live for people from all walks of life. With a plethora of dining options, local shops, entertainment venues and even museums, Pilsen has an incredible amount to offer students, young families, and empty nesters alike. And prices are still relatively affordable so now is a great time to buy! With plenty of new construction and older renovated buildings, there’s something for everyone in this vibrant neighborhood.
My Pilsen recommendations: