Come to The National Museum of Mexican Art, where you can immerse yourself in the richness of Mexican art and culture right here in Chicago. We showcase 3,000 years of creativity from both sides of the border, connecting museum visitors to the diversity of Mexican culture. Whatever your background, you’ll connect to this museum on a very personal level.
The French missionary explorers, Jacques Marquette & Louis Joliet, would’ve been blown away to see their 1673 winter camp transformed into a working class district of German, Irish, Czech, Polish and Slovak immigrants.
Two centuries after their expedition landed at what is now the Chicago River and Damen Ave, the overcrowded working class neighborhood was named after the Bohemian city of Plzeň - Pilsen in English. Following the Chicago Fire (1871), Pilsen became a port of entry for multitudes of immigrants who entered the urban industrial work force in the City of Big Shoulders.