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I saw this place while I was in the area but didn't go in, and couldn't even find a phone number for it, so I haven't included it in the guide. Gorilla Jones 02:01, 16 November 2007 (EST)

  • Butch's Tap, 1801 W 19th St. A hole in the wall across the street from the National Mexican Art Museum. (Don't look for a prominent sign with the name — it's the bar on the corner.)  edit

Closed, I believe. Gorilla Jones 20:09, 25 June 2008 (EDT)

  • Dubhe Carreño Gallery, 1841 S Halsted St, +1 312 666-3150, [1]. F-Sa 11AM-5PM. Exhibitions of highly evocative modern ceramic art: whimsical, disturbing, and consistently memorable. Free.  edit

Bombon Cafe was destroyed in a fire last night, sad to say. Check in a few months - hopefully they'll re-open. Gorilla Jones 08:20, 12 August 2008 (EDT)

  • Bombon, 1508 W 18th St, +1 312 733-7788, [2]. M-Sa 8AM-8PM, Su 10AM-7PM. Deluxe Mexican bakery with colorful cakes and other creations beyond the ordinary, should dessert at the restaurant not catch your fancy. It's run by a pair of expert chefs. Everything comes in a "mini" size for easy sampling. $3-5 mini-size, $25 full-size cake.  edit

Read about a wave of closures in East Pilsen recently. 4Art is a huge loss. EXPGallery may be closed, too — website is down and I didn't get an answer at their phone number. Gorilla Jones 13:10, 15 August 2009 (EDT)

  • 4Art Inc., 1932 S Halsted St, first floor, +1 312 850-1816, [3]. Tu-Sa 10AM-6PM. One of the largest galleries on Halsted, full of eerie abstracts and mixed-media experiments. An exceptional group of resident artists works here, and the well-designed space makes browsing a pleasure. Note the long hours — 4Art is open almost all week. Free.  edit
  • CHARCOLL, 818 W 18th St, +1 312 259-1040, [4]. By appointment. The Chicago Artists Collective often has some interesting things to hear and see, with work drawn from local artists and musicians. Free.  edit
  • Extension Gallery for Architecture, 1835 S Halsted St, +1 773 742-0983, [5]. F-Su 12-5PM. Interactive installations that transform space and send visitors invitations of pure geometry, with partners like the Future Cities Lab. Free.  edit
Whence this decimation? --Peter Talk 13:15, 15 August 2009 (EDT)
People waiting for foot traffic that hasn't materialized, it seems. Story here. Gorilla Jones 13:19, 15 August 2009 (EDT)
  • Cooper Used Hotel Furniture, 1929 S Halsted St, +1 312 226-2299. M-Sa 8AM-6PM, Su 10AM-5PM. Only in the Pilsen arts district could you find a store this weird. While it has the trappings of a Situationist prank, this warehouse actually is in the business of selling used furniture and furnishings from old hotels. Beyond the beds, tables, and couches, you'll find stacks of identical cheap-ornate lamps and those familiar vague watercolor paintings. It's eerie, amazing, and quite often a great deal.  edit

Yet another really interesting place bites the dust... --Peter Talk 12:57, 6 August 2010 (EDT)

Closed. Gorilla Jones 21:19, 26 September 2010 (EDT)

  • EXPgallery, 726 W 18th St, +1 847 217-7520, [6]. Sa 12-4PM. Interactive exhibits in 2-D, 3-D, and 4-D media, with lots of color and perspective twists. Free.  edit
  • Oculus Gallery, 1900 S Halsted St, +1 312 226-3742. By appointment. Whether or not the gallery is open, the wide storefront windows ensure you'll be able to see an interesting collection of art here — sure, you might not be able to read the labels, but bowls of fruit literally bursting out of paintings tend to speak for themselves. Free.  edit
  • Logsdon 1909 Gallery, 1909 S Halsted St, +1 312 666-8966, [7]. Sa 12-5PM. Thought-provoking painting and sculpture on body images and abstract shapes, both by guest artists and the talented proprietor himself. Free.  edit
  • The Watermark Gallery, 1839 S Halsted St, +1 312 455-9696. By appointment. As friendly a gallery as you'll find on Halsted — walk in and some jazz will be quickly cued up to accompany your visit. Exhibits focus mostly on photography, with some interesting sculpture as well. Hours are officially by appointment, but the owner is here whenever possible, so the doors are often open during the week. Free.  edit
  • Mestiza, 1010 W 18th St, +1 312 563-0132, [8]. Tu-Sa 11:30AM-7PM, Su 11:30AM-4:30PM, M closed. Nuevo Latino style boutique, mostly new and vintage clothing for women with some nifty accessories (including a special focus on Frida Kahlo jewelry) and a nice selection of Mexican wrestling masks for men.  edit
  • Revolver Records, 1524 W 18th St, +1 312 226-4211, [9]. 12:30-8PM daily. Get your vinyl here. Revolver sells new and used records with a passion for soul, jazz, and old-skool & independent hip-hop. The screen-printed shirts are also worth checking out.  edit
  • Haro, 2436 S Oakley (Western Pink Line), +1 773 847-2400, [10]. Tu-Th 12-11PM, F 12PM-1AM, Sa 5PM-1AM. The anomaly on Oakley — a cafe/restaurant specializing in pinxtos, which are the Basque version of tapas. Sangria and flamenco dancing complement the food. Reservations recommended. $10-16.  edit
  • The Rag Shop, 1112 W 18th St, +1 312 243-1724. M-Sa 11AM-8PM, Su sometimes open, sometimes closed. A small but colorful, happy-go-lucky vintage clothes boutique, with some curious eclectica toward the back.  edit
  • OMD, 1419 W 18th St (18th Pink Line), +1 312 563-9663, [11]. Tu-Sa 12-7PM, Su 12-5PM, M closed. Designer apparel, fragrances and style accessories for hipsters of the male and female persuasions, with t-shirts by local designers Sharp Chicago [12].  edit
  • Meztli Galeria y Organizacion Cultural, 556 W 18th St, +1 312 738-0860, [13]. Hours vary. Home to art exhibitions and a performance space for several theater companies, both English and Spanish-language. Prices vary, $6-15.  edit
  • South Halsted Gallery, 1825 South Halsted, 312-804-8962, [14]. by appointment. Exhibiting visionary works of art and connecting people with artists and their work. Open every Second Friday and by appointment.  edit
  • Michelle Litvin Photography, 1827 S Halsted St, +1 312 421-9242, [15]. By appointment. It's not easy to find this gallery open aside from the 2nd Fridays, but it's worth checking out if possible, as Litvin's images of eyes and inventive word-posters are some of the most striking work on Halsted. Free.  edit

Closed. Eco84 10:21, 3 July 2012 (EDT)

  • Paulie's Place, 1750 S Union Ave (1750 S Union Ave), +1 312 829-7724. M-Sa 7AM-3AM, Su 11AM-2AM. Paulie's keeps long hours to serve two crowds: second-shift workers in the early morning, and the East Pilsen art crowd at night. The beer is cheap and so are the pool tables.  edit


Is it worth it to list Efebos twice, in the drink & contact sections? If not, in which section should we include it? --Peter Talk 16:35, 29 July 2008 (EDT)

Good point - I put it in 'Drink' with a general pointer in Contact. Gorilla Jones 20:51, 29 July 2008 (EDT)

Star nomination[edit]

We don't have any star articles on the West Side of Chicago, only North and South, so I'd like to put this one up for consideration. Pilsen is off the beaten path for most travel guides, but it has an attraction that should be high on any visitors' list (National Museum of Mexican Art), and I think we've covered the art galleries, the shops, and the restaurants quite thoroughly. I had a lot of fun there, although Peter's map will make anyone else's visit a lot easier than mine was. Your comments, please... Gorilla Jones 18:17, 14 December 2007 (EST)

Another beautiful Chicago article! You guys have raised the bar for what Wikitravel guides can become. Now just a couple of things (and I was more careful this time around): I didn't see hours for El Paraiso Bakery, and no prices for El Paraiso Bakery, Panaderia Tortilleria Nuevo Leon Bakery, Tacos Palas, and Cafe Mestizo (the last one might not be a problem as it's down in the drink section, but the other two cafes have prices so I guess Cafe Mestizo might as well...). Other than that, this guide is the absolute definition of perfection. PerryPlanet 20:19, 14 December 2007 (EST)
  • Support. One of the smaller districts in the Chicago guide, and I think we honestly have everything worth covering in the article! I added pricing info for the above mentioned listings, except for El Paraiso Bakery—I think it's too hard to give an accurate idea of price since there is bound to be large variations in the kinds of things one would buy at a bakery (a cake? one cookie?). Not that this bears on star status, but Pilsen is a cool neighborhood. --Peter Talk 22:11, 14 December 2007 (EST)