Murals in Pilsen

Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood is an artist’s canvas. There are countless murals, graffiti, street art, and mosaics waiting to be discovered. This entry will feature only a handful of murals located throughout Pilsen. Murals on the railroad embankment along 16th Street are covered in another post.

 

18th Street Pink Line Stop

The murals in Pilsen begin with the 18th Street Pink Line stop. They show the potential of the neighborhood with a colorful platform and stairway leading up to the tracks.

18th Street Pink Line stop in Pilsen, Chicago, Illinois

18th Street Pink Line stop

18th Street Pink Line stop in Pilsen, Chicago, Illinois

18th Street Pink Line stop

18th Street Pink Line stop in Pilsen, Chicago, Illinois

18th Street Pink Line stop

 

18th and Wood

18th and Wood has a wall featuring important Latina women. Further down are some cowboys. A building at 19th and Wood also has an interesting mural.

18th and Wood in Pilsen, Chicago, Illinois

18th and Wood

18th and Wood in Pilsen, Chicago, Illinois

18th and Wood

18th and Wood in Pilsen, Chicago, Illinois

18th and Wood

18th and Wood in Pilsen, Chicago, Illinois

18th and Wood

18th and Wood in Pilsen, Chicago, Illinois

18th and Wood

19th and Wood in Pilsen, Chicago, Illinois

19th and Wood

 

Ex-St. Vitus Catholic Church

The former St. Vitus Catholic Church has several nice murals at its base.

St. Vitus Catholic Church in Pilsen, Chicago, Illinois

St. Vitus Catholic Church

St. Vitus Catholic Church in Pilsen, Chicago, Illinois

St. Vitus Catholic Church

St. Vitus Catholic Church in Pilsen, Chicago, Illinois

St. Vitus Catholic Church

St. Vitus Catholic Church in Pilsen, Chicago, Illinois

St. Vitus Catholic Church

St. Vitus Catholic Church in Pilsen, Chicago, Illinois

St. Vitus Catholic Church

 

Cooper Dual Language Academy

Cooper Dual Language Academy has a row of mosaic panels across the entire face of the building. Art students at the school created the panels which portray important Mexican and Mexican-American historic figures.

Cooper Dual Language Academy in Pilsen, Chicago, Illinois

Cooper Dual Language Academy

Cooper Dual Language Academy in Pilsen, Chicago, Illinois

Cooper Dual Language Academy

Cooper Dual Language Academy in Pilsen, Chicago, Illinois

Cooper Dual Language Academy

Cooper Dual Language Academy in Pilsen, Chicago, Illinois

Cooper Dual Language Academy

Cooper Dual Language Academy in Pilsen, Chicago, Illinois

Cooper Dual Language Academy

 

19th and Ashland

The corner of 19th and Ashland has some impressive and realistic murals.

19th and Ashland in Pilsen, Chicago, Illinois

19th and Ashland

19th and Ashland in Pilsen, Chicago, Illinois

19th and Ashland

19th and Ashland in Pilsen, Chicago, Illinois

19th and Ashland

19th and Ashland in Pilsen, Chicago, Illinois

19th and Ashland

19th and Ashland in Pilsen, Chicago, Illinois

19th and Ashland

 

18th Street

Along 18th Street, there are some murals on the face and sides of some buildings.

18th and Laflin in Pilsen, Chicago, Illinois

18th and Laflin

18th and Bishop in Pilsen, Chicago, Illinois

18th and Bishop

18th and Bishop in Pilsen, Chicago, Illinois

18th and Bishop

18th and Blue Island in Pilsen, Chicago, Illinois

18th and Blue Island

A building on the corner of 18th and Paulina contains a mosaic dedicated to J-Def, a local artist murdered in a case of mistaken gang identity. He had just turned 19 the day before when he was killed on July 25, 2009.

18th and Paulina in Pilsen, Chicago, Illinois

18th and Paulina

18th and Paulina in Pilsen, Chicago, Illinois

18th and Paulina

18th and Paulina in Pilsen, Chicago, Illinois

18th and Paulina

18th and Paulina in Pilsen, Chicago, Illinois

18th and Paulina

 

Allport between 16th and 18th

A couple of interesting murals in Pilsen sit along Allport between 16th and 18th Streets.

Allport between 16th and 18th in Pilsen, Chicago, Illinois

Allport between 16th and 18th

Allport between 16th and 18th in Pilsen, Chicago, Illinois

Allport between 16th and 18th

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