Pilsen is a culturally diverse suburb of Chicago, located in the Lower West Side community of residential neighborhoods. In the 1800s, this area was originally settled by Czech, German and Irish immigrants, coming to America in search of new jobs and better lives for their families. It wasn’t until the early 1960s that a growing number of Hispanic citizens, originating mostly from Mexico, also began to settle in this quaint Chicago Suburb. Since then, there has been serious industrial and retail growth, spurring the creation of new jobs and better pay for Mexican-Americans and other cultures alike.
There are several great neighborhoods located in the heart of Pilsen. The ’18th street’ community is full of Mexican shops and bakeries, offering citizens a variety of places to shop and ample entertainment. In addition to being one of Pilsen’s preferred downtown neighborhoods, it is also a central point of commerce. The cuisine offered in many of 18th street restaurants is known by residents to be some of the most authentic Mexican cuisine in the country.
Development efforts in the northern section of Pilsen have been on the rise over the last several years, creating new and inviting communities for citizens to live. Also worth mentioning in the northern district of Pilsen are the beautifully executed restoration efforts on the historic, 800 unit ‘South Water Market.’
Wherever your family chooses to settle in Pilsen, there are many pleasant neighborhoods to choose from. Whether you prefer the bustling downtown action of 18th street, or a more relaxed suburb, you are sure to find a home in an area you will fall in love with.