Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Pilsen/Little Village

So I took this cool walking tour this past Saturday through Pilsen & Little Village. Ike took it with us. The different tours meet at the Chicago Cultural Center each Saturday. They are called Chicago Neighborhood Tours. I am taking their Hyde Park and Kenwood tour on October 4th.

Pilsen and Little Village form one of the nation’s largest Mexican and Mexican American communities.

Pilsen is a neighborhood made up of the residential sections of the Lower West Side community area of Chicago. Pilsen has served as a port of entry for many immigrant groups that have come to Chicago seeking work and a better life: Germans at the turn of the century, followed by immigrants from Ireland, Poland, Lithuania, Bohemia, and others. During the 1950s, Mexican families began to move into the neighborhood. This trend accelerated in the 1960s, when Latinos became the major ethnic group.

has very colorful murals.

Little Village's 26th Street has the liveliest shopping district, next to Magnificent Mile.

The Pilsen Mexican Independence Day Parade was going on this weekend too - but was mostly washed out :(

There are tons of street vendors

We stopped in this candy store with colorful pinatas.

I tried a cucumber lollipop

Bakery was so reasonable

We had lunch at El Milagro - dillylish taco!

Folks selling veggies out of their trucks

Then we wrapped it up at the nation’s largest Latino museum, the National Museum of Mexican Art.

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