360 CHICAGO is celebrating #TheRealChicago all year long with special neighborhood takeover nights on the 94th floor of the former John Hancock Center. This October, we’re bringing you a taste of Pilsen beginning with an amazing kickoff event on October 3rd. Discover Pilsen’s vibrant art, food, and culture with an evening popup featuring samples, performances, and appearances by Instituto Gráfico de Chicago, Los Alebrijes, Latin Jazz Ensemble, Taqueria Sabor y Sazon, Los Comales, Bodega 18, and Pilsen Outpost. Tickets are $11 and include admission to the observation deck.
October's Featured Cocktail: El Espirito de Pilsen
Try the El Espirito de Pilsen, designed exclusively for 360 CHICAGO by KOVAL, at the observation deck’s BAR 94. All October long, profits from sales of the cocktail go to Pilsen’s National Museum of Mexican Art.
For more than 150 years, Pilsen has been a port of entry for immigrants arriving in Chicago. German, Irish, Polish, Italian and Czech immigrants have all called Pilsen home, and it is the Czech immigrants who named the neighborhood Pilsen, after Plzeň, a city in the Czech Republic.
Beginning in the 1960s, Mexican immigrants began moving into the neighborhood after being displaced from other nearby areas. By 1970, Mexicans surpassed the number of Eastern Europeans, and by the 1980s, 80% of Pilsen residents were first or second generation Mexican immigrants.
Mexicans have had a huge influence on the Pilsen of today. Pilsen is a hub for muralists and street artists and is home to the first Latino mural in the U.S., the Peace (or Metafisico) mural painted by Mario Castillo in 1968 in protest of the Vietnam War. Featured in Forbes’ “Twelve Coolest Neighborhoods Around the World” in 2018, Pilsen is a great place for art, food, and community.
About the National Museum of Mexican Art
NMMA’s mission is to stimulate knowledge and appreciation of Mexican art and culture from both sides of the border through a significant permanent collection of Mexican art, rich visual and performing arts programs, high quality arts education programs and resources and professional development of Mexican artists. The Museum welcomes all people and strives to foster a world where all are included.
Students from the Museum’s CASA after school program will perform at the takeover on Oct. 3:
Los Alebrijes (Mexican Folkloric Dance)
Leslie Saucedo leads the Solorio High School dance group, Los Alebrijes, 1st place winner at a 2019 city wide dance competition hosted by the Boys and Girls Club. Los Alebrijes have performed at festivals and venues throughout Chicago, including Latinos Juntos, The Poetry Foundation, and the National Museum of Mexican Art.
Latin Jazz Ensemble
Musicians Madeleine Mollinedo and Abraham Martinez lead Solorio High School’s award-winning Latin Jazz Ensemble. The group performed at the 2019 Golden Apple Award Ceremony, and at other Chicago venues including The Chicago History Museum, the National Museum of Mexican Art and The Poetry Foundation.