Pilsen

Now one of the largest Mexican communities in the United States, this area was originally a largely Czech and German working-class neighborhood.

The neighborhood is adorned with murals by Carlos Cortez and other notable artists, many of which depict Pilsen's long tradition of activism for labor and immigrant rights.

The whole community comes out to celebrate each year on Cinco de Mayo.

Neighborhood Notables:

Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum
1852 W. 19th St.
312 / 738-1503
The largest Latino arts institution in the nation.

Nuevo Leon
1518 W. 18th St.
312 / 412-1517
Among the many authentic Mexican eateries in Pilsen, this simply-furnished family restaurant has served large portions of enchiladas, tacos, tamales, and tostados since 1962.

To get to Pilsen by 'L,' take the Cermak Branch of the Blue Line to 18th St.

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