My Neighborhood: Pilsen

Stories from the people who are transforming their community from the inside out.

The History of Pilsen

Pilsen’s early story is one of struggle: recently arrived immigrants struggling to navigate a foreign, often unwelcoming new land; factory workers struggling for a livable wage and an eight-hour day, even in the face of violent suppression; neighbors struggling to make their streets safe, their schools respectable, their air clean enough to breathe, and their homes secure.

It is only in recent years that many of those struggles have borne fruit, and given way to a new struggle: one to maintain the identity and affordability of what has only recently become a profitable destination for developers and investors. Continue history…

Pilsen, Chicago. 1929, U.S. Geological Survey

Pilsen, Chicago. 1929, U.S. Geological Survey.

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Prevent World War III by Marcos Raya. Photo by Kaitlynn Scannell
Hector Duarte in his studio
Lilliana Calderon
Denia Perello in her home in Pilsen
Maria Chavez stands outside of H. Kramer
Juan Salgado
Alma Silva
Guacolda Reyes

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