At a Glance
Pilsen apartments are some of the most interesting in the city. If there’s one word to describe Pilsen, it’s “vibrant.”
Pilsen apartments put renters in the epicenter of Chicago’s Latino culture. Long a working-class neighborhood on the city’s southwest side, the sights of gigantic murals on the sides of apartment buildings and the sounds of jangling bells from a street vendor’s cart are evocative and familiar details of renting an apartment in Pilsen.
Heart of the Neighborhood
The bustling activity on 18th Street is Pilsen in a nutshell: lively, colorful and authentic. The sense of community is strong, and there are plenty of restaurants and shops along the streets to reinforce the bonds of a tight-knit and proud neighborhood.
What We Love
Endless art galleries, taco stands, hot dog joints, coffee shops and restaurants that will satisfy nearly any taste. Oh, and there’s the mainstay concert venue Thalia Hall, which frequently hosts big acts and major headliners from around the globe in Pilsen.
Best Way to Get Around
The ‘L’ Pink line has three stops within Pilsen (Western/Cermak, Damen/Cermak and 18th Street stations). The youngest line of the CTA’s elevated route, the Pink line carries riders into the heart of downtown Chicago, making a circuit through the Loop before turning back to Pilsen. Ashland and Cermak Avenues are the major local arteries, and the I-90/94 expressway runs along the eastern edge of Pilsen.
Apartments in Pilsen put renters in close proximity to get into downtown Chicago while reinforcing a bold and unforgettable identity that can’t be felt in other neighborhoods in the city. The National Museum of Mexican Art, as well as dozens of smaller galleries, provide a cultural anchor for the neighborhood.
Dining in Pilsen
Restaurants serving new American fare and classic Mexican quick bites can be found up and down the length of 18th Street, right in the heart of Pilsen. Dusek’s is a renowned spot to unwind with a cocktail and a five-star meal from award-winning chefs.
Nightlife in Pilsen
Pilsen apartment renters can make their way over to Thalia Hall for a concert or event. The landmark concert hall has been a Pilsen icon for over a century. Bars proliferate the main drag on 18th Street, and many apartment renters might find it just as enticing to stay and enjoy the atmosphere of their favorite restaurant after finishing a meal.
History in Pilsen
In the 1987 film The Untouchables about Prohibition-era Chicago and the group of police officers and government agents who brought down infamous gangster Al Capone, the home of Eliot Ness (played by Kevin Costner in the film) appears in a couple of scenes. Chicago apartment renters in Pilsen will recognize the exterior of the home at 2030 W 22nd Place as the stand in for Ness’ Chicago home in the film.