Storefront art galleries, the resonance of church bells on Sundays, and bicycle-powered Mexican food-carts are all part of the charm of this diverse, lower west side Chicago neighborhood. Because of its largely Hispanic population, Pilsen boasts a large number of Mexican taquerias, cantinas and grocery markets with Spanish names, selling customary dishes and imported items. And who could forget the incredible annual festivals that celebrate important Latin-American holidays such as Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) and Fiesta del Sol (Festival of the Sun). While community officials lobby to secure sections of Pilsen on the historical district register, new development and rehabilitation are transforming other parts of the neighborhood into a contemporary place to live. Either way, a strong cultural heritage and equally solid community foundation, are the backbone of this wonderful Chicago neighborhood.
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