Posted inArts & Culture

Sweat equity, radical politics, and gentrification

Before Pilsen welcomed gallery spaces and Little Village became La Villita, the city’s Mexican population fought to make their voices heard and for places to live. Georgetown University historian Mike Amezcua chronicles this decades-long struggle in his compelling Making Mexican Chicago: From Postwar Settlement to the Age of Gentrification, published in February by University of […]

Posted inArts & Culture

[PHOTOS] Fiesta del Sol

Last Saturday,  Josué Briones photographed Fiesta del Sol, a festival held July 26-29 along eight blocks of Cermak Road. What started as a block party celebrating the building of Benito Juarez High School in Pilsen back in the 70s has grown into an annual fundraiser organized by Pilsen Neighbors Community Council. Fiesta del Sol features music, community […]