The Pilsen neighborhood, located in the Lower West Side of Chicago, is steeped in history. Once an Eastern European immigrant enclave, glimpses of the Old World are still visible as baroque-style architectural buildings stand strong along Ashland Avenue and 18 th Street. The neighborhood now boasts a unique, undeniable mix of Mexican culture and modern artistry. Walk down 18 th to discover a fusion of authentic restaurants, tortillerias, mercados and local bakery shops alongside boutiques, bars and clubs. Lively art galleries and colorful murals and street art can be found throughout the community. No other community in Chicago is as vibrant as Pilsen for hosting a 5k run!