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Details: Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood

IF YOU GO
GETTING THERE

Multiple airlines offer nonstop flights from all three Washington-area airports to Chicago.

WHERE TO STAY

Kinzie Hotel

20 W. Kinzie St.

312-395-9000

www.kinziehotel.com

Recently renovated and reopened, with 215 contemporary rooms, a bar and a fitness center in the happening downtown River North area. Rooms from $189.

Palmer House Hilton

17 E. Monroe St.

312-726-7500

palmerhousehiltonhotel.com

Centrally located Chicago landmark with 1,641 rooms, a Beaux-Arts lobby, restaurant, spa and fitness center. Rooms from $139.

WHERE TO EAT

Dusek’s

1227 W. 18th St.

312-526-3851

dusekschicago.com

Wear your beret, or your baseball cap, for daily specials like “Kentucky-fried quail, foie gras cornbread, red beans, country gravy, pickled okra.” Entrees start at $13.

Nightwood Restaurant

2119 S. Halsted St.

312-526-3385

nightwoodrestaurant.com

Award-winning seasonal locavore food and a terrific wine list. Entrees start at $16.

Nuevo Leon

1515 W. 18th St.

312-421-1517

Classic and colorful Mexican comfort food like barbacoa and flour tortillas. Entrees start around $6.

WHAT TO DO

National Museum of Mexican Art

1852 W. 19th St.

312-738-1503

nationalmuseumofmexicanart.org

Showcasing Mexican and Mexican American art and culture, with more than 7,500 pieces in the permanent collection. Rotating special exhibits. Free.

Simone’s Lab

960 W. 18th St.

312-666-8601

simonesbarchicago.com

The airy “Art Lab” room at Simone’s Bar (and grill) sports former chem lab tables, plus always-fresh, ever-changing artwork. Bike-sharing station just outside.

2nd Fridays Gallery Night

1821 S. Halsted (information center)

www.chicagoartsdistrict.org

Pilsen galleries, art studios and small businesses stay open 6-10 p.m. on the second Friday of each month.

Thalia Hall

1807 S. Allport St.

thaliahallchicago.com

Newly restored and refitted concert venue in an opulent former Bohemian dance hall first opened in 1892. Cool concerts for all ages.

INFORMATION

chicagoartsdistrict.org

www.pilsenportal.org

C.M.B.

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