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 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.
Ex-St. Vitus Catholic Church
The former St. Vitus Catholic Church has several nice murals at its base.
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.
19th and Ashland
The corner of 19th and Ashland has some impressive and realistic murals.
Along 18th Street, there are some murals on the face and sides of some buildings.
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.
Allport between 16th and 18th
A couple of interesting murals in Pilsen sit along Allport between 16th and 18th Streets.