Chicago: Murals & Architecture of Pilsen Walking Tour

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Chicago: Murals & Architecture of Pilsen Walking Tour


Visit the only National Museum of Mexican Art in the US and learn about the history of Mexico through its art

View and interpret a variety of murals throughout Pilsen,both painted and tile mosaic

Sample Mexican pastries in a local panaderia

Visit the only Catholic church with a stained glass window of Christopher Columbus

Learn the history of Our Lady of Guadalupe


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Discover the historic Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago on a walking tour of the murals, local architecture, and history of the immigrants who settled in the 19th century from Germany, the Czech Republic and Bohemia. Experience the heart of Mexican Chicago.


Discover the historic Pilsen area in Chicago on a 2.5-hour walking tour and see street art and murals that are reflective of the local character.

Originally settled by German and Irish immigrants, who came to work in the factories and infamous union stockyards, Pilsen was later named by the Czechs and Bohemians that followed. In the 1950s the neighborhood became a center for Mexican immigrants, and today Pilsen and Little Village to the west are the heart of Mexican Chicago!

During the tour you will discover Harrison Park, center for festivals and parades throughout the year. It is also the location of the National Museum of Mexican Fine Arts, the only Latino museum in the US accredited by the American Association of Museums.

Interpret murals throughout the neighborhood, and visit the 19th-century church of St. Pius V. Explore the National Museum of Mexican Fine Arts, view a fine array of interesting architecture that is reminiscent of old Eastern Europe, but infused with a Mexican flare. Go to charming local shops, and pop into a Mexican panaderia.

What's Included:

• Walking tour of Pilsen in Chicago
• Guide

What's Not Included:

• Mexican pastries
• Gratuity

Good to Know:

• Tours are conducted rain or shine. A Chicago walking tour can cover several miles so wear comfortable shoes to ensure a relaxing and pain-free experience

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  • Rating: 5 “Pilsen tour”

    Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer from auckland, New Zealand on August 30th, 2013 i loved it, would definitely do another tour with joyce again! not only did we learn heaps on the district but chicago history as a whole, with old photos and news cuttings, but joyce had loads of tips for dinner and things to do afterwards!

  • Rating: 5 “very good”

    Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer from Worksop, United Kingdom on June 17th, 2013 It was an interesting tour, we didn't really know what to expect, were just trying to tour around the different districts of Chicago and take as much in as we could in our short stay. Kudos to Joyce for leading such a quality tour, particularly for supplying old pictures and newpaper articles to look at, which gave an excellent overview of the area's fascinating history. The tour was quite energetic and lively so maybe not suitable for the disabled or elderly, and maybe a bit too dense with infromation for children.

  • Rating: 5 “Pilsen's Murals and Architecture”

    Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer from Chicago, United States on May 31st, 2013 My partner and I did the tour of Pilsen's Murals and Architecture because we have lived in Chicago for a while now and have a particular soft-spot for Pilsen as we both have Eastern-European heritage. I must say we both thoroughly enjoyed it and the time with Joyce who was very informative and intelligent. It was a pleasure to share in her knowledge of the area. We were both surprized at how little we already knew!

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