For some that don’t know, Manny was born in Pilsen and lived for many years. His grandmother, aunt and cousins still live there and we visit often. It’s a neighborhood that means a lot to our family, so I am happy to share some of our favorite spots 🙂
Coffee & Breakfast
Sleep Walk Chocolateria & Cafe – Bean-to-bar chocolateria from Dark Matter Coffee.
Panaderia Nuevo Leon – Traditional Mexican bakery, coffee, & conchas! Grab’n’go style.
Cafe Jumping Bean – A colorful coffee shop that’s been around since 1994.
El Corazon Cafe – Owner is the granddaughter of Nuevo León and you can grab pastries from next door and bring them in to have with your coffee. I love their horchata!
Activities & Outings
Lunch, Brunch, & Snacks
Frida Room – Great for brunch! El Milagro – Cafeteria style, love the mole.
Carnitas Urupan – The best Carnitas and Chicharrones in Chicago since 1975!
Rubi’s Chicago – Used to be at the Maxwell St. Market but is now a brick-and-mortar shop. Huge tacos!
5 Rabanitos – one of our favorite spots, right by the National Museum of Mexican Art.
Los Comales – Great spicy chorizo, on 18th St.
Carnitas Uruapan – The famous carnitas! It’s a classic and been around a long time.
La Mejikana – Upscale Mexican food with cocktails. Inside a 100-year-old building!
La Luna – Go for the drinks (the watermelon margarita is chef’s kiss), and stay for the food and vibes.
Del Toro – Best margaritas in the city, my personal favorite!
Lo Rez Brewing and Taproom – Housemade craft brews in a warehouse-like space.
21st Annual Pilsen Mexican Independence Day Parade – Saturday, September 9, 2023
Pilsen Gourmet – Friday, November 10 · 7 – 10pm
Dia de los muertos – Exhibit at the National Mexican Art Museum, Sep 22 – Dec 10, 2023
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here. I hope some of these suggestions help and if you have anymore suggestions, let me know!