Cooper Dual Language Academy


The exterior wall of this school (ie the north-side wall, facing 18th Pl) is the canvas for a 1990s tile mosaic that shows a diverse range of Mexican images, from a portrait of farmworker advocate Dolores Huerta to a guitar-shredding Carlos Santana to the Virgin of Guadalupe.

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1. St Pius Church


The Romanesque revival-style church was built between 1885 and 1892 and was a hub for the city's Irish immigrants. Its smooth masonry contrasts with the…

2. National Museum of Mexican Art

0.29 MILES

Founded in 1982, this vibrant museum – the largest Latinx arts institution in the US – has become one of the city’s best. The vivid permanent collection…

3. Gulliver in Wonderland Mural

0.34 MILES

Prolific Pilsen muralist Hector Duarte covered his home/studio with this enormous painting. It shows a giant, outstretched Mexican immigrant as Gulliver…

4. Chicago Arts District

1.07 MILES

Pilsen's art galleries are known collectively as the Chicago Arts District. There are 20 or so studios, and they tend to be small, artist-run spaces with…

5. Palmisano Park

1.38 MILES

Opened on the site of an old limestone quarry, Palmisano Park unfurls an urban prairie landscape with great views of the Chicago skyline. Locals come here…

7. Ping Tom Memorial Park


Ping Tom stretches along the Chicago River and offers dramatic, bridge-strewn views of the skyline. Rent a kayak from the boathouse, or bring a picnic to…

8. Mary Bartelme Park

1.81 MILES

The neighborhood's stroller-pushing families and dog-walking hipsters get their exercise in Mary Bartelme Park. Five off-kilter stainless-steel arches…