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Top Choice Museum in Pilsen & Near South Side

Field Museum of Natural History

The Field Museum houses some 30 million artifacts and includes everything but the kitchen sink – beetles, mummies, gemstones, Bushman the stuffed ape – all tended by a slew of PhD-wielding scientists, as the Field r…
Top Choice Pub Food in Pilsen & Near South Side

Pleasant House Pub

Follow your nose to Pleasant House, which bakes tall, fluffy, savory pies. Daily flavors include chicken and chutney, steak and ale, or kale and mushroom, made with produce the chefs grow themselves. The pub also se…
Top Choice Cafe in Pilsen & Near South Side

Spoke & Bird

The South Loop has been begging for a leafy patio like the one at Spoke & Bird. Bonus: it's surrounded by several cool old manors in the Prairie Avenue Historic District. Relax with a locally made brew and nifty…
Park in Pilsen & Near South Side

Northerly Island

This hilly, prairie-grassed park has a walking and cycling trail, bird-watching, fishing and an outdoor venue for big-name concerts. It's actually a peninsula, not an island, but the Chicago skyline views are tremen…
Museum in Pilsen & Near South Side

National Museum of Mexican Art

Founded in 1982, this vibrant museum – the largest Latino arts institution in the US – has become one of the city’s best. The vivid permanent collection sums up 1000 years of Mexican art and culture through classica…
Mexican in Pilsen & Near South Side

Don Pedro Carnitas

At this no-frills meat den, a man with a machete salutes you at the front counter. He awaits your command to hack off pork pieces and then wraps the thick chunks with onion and cilantro in a fresh tortilla. You then…
Dumplings in Pilsen & Near South Side

Qing Xiang Yuan Dumplings

The name doesn't lie: it's all about dumplings in this bright room under bamboo lanterns. They come steamed by the dozen, with fillings such as lamb and coriander, ground pork and cabbage, sea whelk and leek, and so…
Bar in Pilsen & Near South Side

Skylark

The Skylark is a bastion for artsy drunkards, who slouch into big booths sipping on strong drinks and eyeing the long room. They play pinball, snap pics in the photo booth and scarf down the kitchen's awesome tater …
Live Music in Pilsen & Near South Side

Thalia Hall

This venue hosts a cool-cat slate of rock, alt-country, jazz and metal in an ornate 1892 hall patterned after Prague's opera house. A gastropub on the 1st floor, cocktail bar in the basement and punk piano saloon in…
Pub Food in Pilsen & Near South Side

Flo & Santos

This South Loop neighborhood pub is known for its tavern-style pizza (with wafer-thin crust and sweet sauce) and its Polish dishes (such as pierogi and potato pancakes). Eat in the warm, exposed-brick interior or in…