Pilsen

Community Area: Lower West Side


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About Pilsen


Home to the highly-regarded National Museum of Mexican Art, Pilsen itself has become a brilliant canvas with bold and colorful murals decorating its storefronts, homes and overpasses.

Art, music, culture and authentic food are at the heart of this vibrant lower West Side neighborhood. Along 18th Street, residents enjoy a lively walking district featuring Mexican restaurants, bakeries, shops and grocery stores. The community’s heritage also shines during events like the Fiesta Del Sol – the largest Latino festival in the Midwest. The annual event brings carnival rides, live entertainment and delicious food to Pilsen each summer.

While the neighborhood is but a quick 15-minute drive from downtown Chicago, residents also have convenient access to several bus routes as well as the CTA Pink Line and Metra’s BNSF Railway.

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, 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 exciting neighborhoods.