Housed in a historic bohemian public hall that dates back to 1892, Thalia Hall reopened in 2014 as a music venue with the help of the team behind local rock club the Empty Bottle. Bookings at the Pilsen concert hall range from Americana to psych-rock bands, all presented in a room that retains its character (chipping paint on the walls, original molding around the stage) and sounds excellent. The expansive building also houses a Michelin-starred restaurant (Dusek's), a subterranean cocktail bar (Punch House), a piano bar (Tack Room) and a small grocery store with a deli counter (Paulette's).
Though it's best known as a destination for some of Chicago's best tacos and one of the city's largest collections of vibrant murals, there's even more to explore throughout the neighborhood of Pilsen. Celebrate the area's Latinx community with a visit to the National Museum of Mexican Art (one of our favorite museums in Chicago) or by purchasing some tasty baked goods at a panadería. You'll also find some great Chicago record stores, a historic music venue, a variety of vintage shops and a vibrant community of artists inhabiting a series of studios and galleries in the Chicago Arts District on Pilsen's east side. Hop off the Pink Line and discover some of the best things to do in Pilsen.
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