Home to the highly regarded National Museum of Mexican Art, the neighborhood itself has become a brilliant canvas with bold murals on storefronts, homes and overpasses.
Art, music, culture and authentic food are the very heart of this lower West Side neighborhood. Storefront galleries, artists’ lofts and studios dot neighborhood sidewalks. Streets come alive with the Fiesta Del Sol, the largest Hispanic festival in the Midwest as well as carts selling tamales and other treats. A number of cafes and popular restaurants attract residents and visitors.
The community embraces art and culture, commissioning artists to paint many of its colorful murals. Residents and visitors enjoy a lively district of authentic Mexican restaurants, bakeries, shops and grocery stores along 18th Street between Western Avenue and Halsted.
While Pilsen is but a quick 15-minute drive from downtown Chicago, residents also have convenient access to several bus lines as well as the Cermak-Chinatown L stop.
Pilsen’s thriving art community, affordably priced housing and proximity to the Loop continue to attract Chicagoans. Infill development of condominiums and some single-family homes is in full swing in Pilsen, and large loft conversions are becoming common throughout the community. Real estate values are on the rise as many developers consider Pilsen one of Chicago's most promising neighborhoods.