Pilsen Food Truck Social

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Each summer from 2015-2019, Pilsen Food Truck Social took place on 18th Street between Throop and Racine. (The 2020-2022 events were and are canceled due to Covid). As its eponymous name suggests, food trucks were the centerpiece of this well attended neighborhood street fest. Food trucks were featured along with local restaurants and retail vendors. Pilsen Food Truck Social event producers raised and donated over $20,500 to local Pilsen based non-profits! There was an optional $5 donation to attend, and a percentage of the proceeds from the annual event benefited local non-profits including: ArtReach Chicago, St Procopius Church food pantry, ABC Pilsen, and Dia De Los Ninos.

In addition to the mobile eats and the feel good charitable factor, other elements helped put the “social” into Pilsen Food Truck Social.  Pilsen’s own
Thalia Hall programmed the live music stage in partnership with Empty Bottle Presents, and the event featured a mix of relevant and cutting edge live music and local performances.The neighborhood of Pilsen itself was on showcase, with local artisans and retailers participating as vendors. Pilsen Food Truck Social also included a good number of local restaurants along with the food trucks, and St. Procopius Church participated with a fundraiser and food sale in their yard.

Culture thrives in Pilsen, and Pilsen Food Truck Social fans and former patrons are still 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 encouraged people 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.

The 2023 Pilsen Food Truck Social is being planned currently for mid June, and we hope to expand to add more family and kid activities, plus more local artists and craft vendors.

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