CHICAGO: Lower West Side Restaurants

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No need to go to Mexico. Get off the L blue line at 18th street and you'll feel as though you've crossed the border. Taquerias, panaderias, mercados, it's all there!
18th Street is a lively walking district, with Mexican bakeries, restaurants, and groceries though the principal district for Mexican shopping is 26th Street in Little Village. Life in Pilsen is good. There's no hurry, very relaxed and the Mexican food is incredible.


Cafe Jumping Bean  |  1439 W. 18th St.  |  (312) 455-0019

What an oasis. Great prices, no hurry, the servers are your friends (and enjoy working there) and the food is incredible to boot! It's quiet enough to work since they offer free high-speed internet  but friendly enough that you can chat with people at other tables. There's a great mix of locals, artists, hipsters, and yuppies, not to mention the occasional on-duty cop. This place is a great way to start your day with a smile on your face!

All Listings for Pilsen
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Breakfast and Coffee Houses
Cafe Jumping Bean
1439 W. 18th St.
(312) 455-0019

Cafe Mestizo
1646 W. 18th St.
(312) 421-9250
Caribou Coffee
811 W. Maxwell St.
(312) 738-3570

Carnitas Uruapan
1725 W. 18th St.
(312) 226-2654

Mexican Dining

Azteca Mexican Restaurant
1836 S. Blue Island Ave
(312) 733-0219

Birreria Reyes de Octolan
1322 W. 18th St.
(312) 733-2613

1160 W. 18th St.
(312) 829-1147
733 W. Maxwell St.
(312) 455-9380

Nuevo Leon Restaurant
3659 W. 26th St.
(773) 522-1515

Nuevo Leon Restaurant
1515 W. 18th St.
(312) 421-1517

Mundial Cocina Mestiza
1640 W. 18th St.
(312) 491-9908


2436 S. Oakley St.
(773) 847-2400

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