21 Cheap Eats We Love in Pilsen

[Photographs: Nick Kindelsperger]

Pilsen is best known as the cultural center of Chicago's Mexican population, which partly explains why it contains the most diverse and delicious collection of Mexican restaurants in the city, from beloved old-school institutions like Nuevo Leon to trendy new spots like Del Toro. (That's not to mention all the other great non-edible cultural attractions, including the National Museum of Mexican Art, which is free and awesome, by the way.) But before I make too many sweeping generalizations, know that Pilsen stubbornly resists an easy definition. As you may have noticed, the name is a holdover from when the area was inhabited by Czech immigrants (which were followed by other Eastern Europeans) and recently the Chicago Arts District popped up on its eastern edge.


So I'll stop trying to describe the neighborhood and get to the business of showing off the many incredible cheap eats that you can find within. I'll be the first to admit that I missed some places, so if you know any that I need to visit, please let me know!