Ladies and gentlemen: the story you are about to hear is true. Some of the names have been changed to protect the innocent. This is the second part of a four part story. Read PART I here. Read PART II here. Read PART III here. Read PART IV here.
Pilsen wasn’t always a bastion of Mexican culture in Chicago. It was Czech, specifically Bohemien. The neighborhood’s namesake comes from the city of Pilzen in western Bohemia in the Czech Republic. Chicago, around 1915, had the largest population of Bohemians outside of Prague. Most of them lived in Pilsen. Continue reading