I reminisce of my hay-days in Chicago, exploring the depths of a little neighborhood called Pilsen. Six years ago, street vendors (picture above taken 4 months ago) would tempt me with cotton candy, sweet breads, and tamales. Today, the guys are few and far between. Once a Czech immigrant community, it's now a town influenced by Mexican descent. Though it may look a little rough around the edges, this neighborhood is now an urban, hip area with local small businesses. Funky cafes, upscale vintage boutiques, and great new restaurants line the main street.
A reason to visit Pilsen in October is their annual art walk called Pilsen Open Studios - one of the premier events of the citywide Chicago Artists Month. Local artists open their studios once a year to the public.
The old charm is still strong here. If walking around here alone makes you a little shaky, try signing up for a walking tour on The Murals of Pilsen with Joyce Walks.