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CHICAGO BY FOOT & CTA: Tour of Pilsen
Friday, September 20, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 2:30 pm
Members & guests—free (CTA fare and lunch self-hosted). This program is now wait list only. To be added to the wait list, please call the Village office at 773.248.8700.
Join Village member John Craib-Cox as he leads a tour by foot and CTA of historic Pilsen, one of the best preserved Chicago neighborhoods. Today this area, with a largely Mexican population, is increasingly under threat of gentrification and the accompanying rise in real estate values. Therefore this is a very interesting visual area as well as being historically significant. Our group will first gather at Starbucks, then depart from the Armitage Brown Line and transfer to the Pink Line to Pilsen. A short walk from the Damen Stop, our first destination will be the National Museum of Mexican Art (admission is free). We will then explore a typical Pilsen area as we walk to the Creperia Nuevo Leon (1636 W 18th St) for a self-hosted lunch. Save room for dessert as we will head next door to Panaderia Nuevo Leon (1634 W 18th St), a typical, and delicious, Mexican Bakery. Lastly, we will board a nearby Pink Line train to head back to Lincoln Park, where the tour will end at the Armitage Brown Line Station at approximately 2:30 PM. Prior to departing for the tour, all attendees should be prepared to purchase a Ventra transit card with $5 to cover the roundtrip train fare.
The 1871 Fire obliterated Chicago North of the Loop; but Pilsen, located South along 18th Street, escaped the fire. Some buildings in this neighborhood predate 1871 and give us a view of an earlier Chicago. Pilsen received its name from the many Czech immigrants living in this area during the great immigration to Chicago before the. The 1924 National Origin Act cut drastically the number of immigrants allowed to enter the United States. The Czech population in the Pilsen Neighborhood remained static after this act. Following World War II, Mexican immigrants began to settle in Pilsen. Over the years, Pilsen became progressively more Mexican until traces of the early Czech population started to vanish.
Please note: this tour will not be accessible as we cannot guarantee elevators will be operational at all CTA stops.
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