Southwest of downtown Chicago, Pilsen is a growing neighborhood with younger vibes. Just south of the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC), many undergrads and graduate students choose Pilsen as their home away from home. The neighborhood is predominantly Hispanic but has been slowly trending towards millennials and young professionals working downtown.
The area is also home to trendy hidden-gem restaurants and an active nightlife. Restaurants such as Monnie Burke’s provides dinner and late-night entertainment with a rooftop bar tucked in between the dining area. Others like Steak N’ Egger show off some of Pilsen’s history and has become a mainstay for more than half a century. Regardless of where you choose to dine or go out, you’ll sure to enjoy this growing neighborhood.
Pilsen’s northernmost boundary is 16th street, and their east side is cut off by I-90 Highway. The south also borders a highway, I-55, but their western border is W Ashland Avenue.
The #1 rated restaurant in Pilsen boasts contemporary American cuisine, which mainly includes fresh fish and some of the best appetizers in town. Don’t go on Mondays or Tuesdays, and you’ll thank us later.
This trendy restaurant/bar is quickly becoming one of the most popular places in Pilsen. With their rooftop patio seating and bar, young professionals are flocking to this spot.
This cheap Mexican joint is the #2 restaurant in all of Pilsen. They serve up some of the best chicken (shocking right) paired with fresh food from south of the border.
With Mexican restaurants on every street, this British pub sticks out like a sore thumb in Pilsen. Become transported across the pond by sampling gourmet dishes from the UK.
This classic diner opened their doors back in 1955, and they’ve been open 24/7 ever since. This counter breakfast joint will take you back in time right from the moment you step in the front door.