Things to do

A complete guide to the Pilsen neighborhood

Explore the Southwest Side neighborhood with our guide to Pilsen's best restaurants, bars and things to do

By Clayton Guse

Posted: Tuesday October 6 2015

Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas
National Museum of Mexican Art

Pilsen is one of the most recognizable neighborhoods in the city. With a distinct mural or piece of public art adorning a facade in nearly every block, it's not hard to see the artistic culture that's present in the Southwest Side area. With one of the best museums in the city, some fantastic contemporary art galleries and a booming bar and restaurant scene to boot, Pilsen has everything a fun and culture-loving Chicagoan could desire. It's accessible by way of bus, Pink Line, Metra or a quick hop off of the Eisenhower, Dan Ryan or Stevenson Expressways. Head to the gorgeous Southwest Side 'hood and enjoy all the culture and entertainment it has to offer.

Here's the best of the neighborhood.

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Things to do in Pilsen

The best restaurants in Pilsen

Pilsen is rife with outstanding places to eat beyond Mexican restaurants, from old-school Italian to one of the best barbecue spots in Chicago

The best bars in Pilsen

When you're in need of a drink in Pilsen, you've got plenty of options

The best attractions and things to do in Pilsen

It's no secret Pilsen is the next hip Chicago neighborhood, and it's easy to see why

The best shops in Pilsen

It's no surprise a neighborhood as unique and eccentric as Pilsen offers up a wide variety of local shops with plenty of character

Pilsen residents tell us their favorite neighborhood spots

Take a peek at recommendations provided by some prominent Pilsen residents and start planning your visit