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Deep in the heart of Pilsen


Explore the East Pilsen neighborhood at tonight’s Chicago Arts District Second Friday Gallery Night. The area encompasses several contiguous blocks where artists work and live. Approximately 30 neighborhood spots including galleries and some retailers will be open for the walk from 6p.m. to 10p.m. Tonight’s featured event is Blind Date taking place at 1915 S. Halsted St. This exhibit features 15 visual artists and 15 writers exploring the relationship between created image and the written word highlighted by the interplay between opposites. Starting point for walk, 1800 S. Halsted. Street parking available.


Try Nightwood, a sophisticated contemporary American restaurant with a handwritten menu consisting of 10 appetizers and 10 entrees with new items popping up daily. Tribune critic Phil Vettel described the relatively new-to-the-scene restaurant as “Lula’s all grown up.” Lula’s is the popular 10-year-old Logan Square hangout that is run by the same duo of Amlalea Tshilds and Jason Hammel. If you don’t make it tonight put in on your list to try for Sunday Brunch. 2119 S. Halsted St.

If you’re looking for something more casual, Honky Tonk BBQ may be just the spot. It’s pork shoulder took 3rd place and their wings were 13th out of 101 entries at the 2008 Memphis World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest. You can enjoy BBQ and more right in the heart of Pilsen. 1213 W 18th St, Chicago

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