Pilsen Food Truck Social 2019
Saturday & Sunday, June 8th & 9th 12pm-10pm
on 18th Street between Racine and Throop in Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood
$5.00 Optional Donation
Rolling into Chicago’s Lower West Side the weekend of June 8th-9th 2019 is the fifth annual Pilsen Food Truck Social. As its eponymous name suggests, food trucks are the centerpiece of this well attended neighborhood street fest. Food trucks are featured along with local restaurant and retail vendors. There is an optional $5 donation to attend and a percentage of the proceeds from the event benefit local non-profits. 2019 benefactors include Pilsen’s St. Procopius Church soup kitchen and food bank; and ArtReach Chicago, a non-profit that provides art programming at Pilsen area schools including Walsh Elementary, Smyth Elementary, Telpochcalli Elementary and Chalmers Elementary. The event is also hiring local students from Benito Juarez Community Academy to work at the entrance gates and act as fest ambassadors.
In addition to the mobile eats and the feel good charitable factor, other elements help put the “social” into Pilsen Food Truck Social. Pilsen’s own Thalia Hall programs the live music stage in partnership with Empty Bottle Presents, promising a mix of relevant and cutting edge live music and local performances. This year the event will feature dancers and musicians from the Academy of Mexican Dance and Music to open the fest each day. Headliners include TRQPiTECA and Los Wálters. Pilsen's own 606 Records also participates spinning tunes between sets. The main stage features an eclectic mix of local and touring bands and DJs of various musical genres. Click here for the 2019 Live Music Line Up.
The neighborhood of Pilsen itself will be on showcase, with local artisans and retailers participating as vendors. Pilsen Food Truck Social also includes a good number of local restaurants along with the food trucks. Click here for the Food Truck, Restaurant and Retail 2019 Line Up.
Culture thrives in Pilsen, and Pilsen Food Truck Social patrons are invited to explore the heart of the community. Bold murals can be discovered in the most unexpected places — on the fronts of homes, along railway overpasses, and wrapped around train platforms. The artful vibe continues within storefront art galleries and studios. Pilsen Food Truck Social attendees are encouraged to spend the day, before, during or after the festival, discovering the diverse collection of galleries, vintage shops, independent coffee houses, art galleries, bodegas, panaderias, and restaurants throughout the neighborhood.
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