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The 15 minute walk from Lo Rez took us past the timeless charm that makes Pilsen one of Chicago’s most appealing neighborhoods. It hasn’t been gentrified or overdeveloped (yet), and retains a mix of industrial charm and familiarity that comes from a community that sunk its roots decades ago.
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