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America's Best Secret Neighborhoods

Pilsen, Chicago, IL

Then: This lively—but gang-infested—barrio brimmed with music, taquerias, cantinas, and Mexican bakeries.

Now: The 36 galleries around 18th Street and Wolcott Avenue started the movement here in the late 1980’s with their 2nd Fridays Gallery Walk.

Don’t Miss: Potato and pepper quesadillas from the late-night taco truck parked outside the church on 21st and Wolcott (no phone).

America’s Best Secret Neighborhoods

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