While you are here

Things to do in Plisen.

Simply Wood Rings is located in the heart of Pilsen, and we love our neighborhood! There are so many great places to eat and things to see or do. While visiting Simply Wood Rings, check out the places we love in our neighborhood!

Chicago Vintage

Pilsen offers a diverse range of quirky shops and is known in the city for the unique clothes you can find in thrift stores on 18th street.

Knee Deep Vintage 

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Located in the heart of Pilsen on 18th street, Knee Deep Vintage is a diverse men and women’s vintage shop. They focus on clothing from the 20s-50s and have a plethora of accessories and shoes as well as housewares. They also have a midnight sale every second Friday of the month and everything in the store is 25-50% off from 6pm – midnight!


Pilsen Vintage & Thrift

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Stocking clothes mostly from the 40s through the 80s, Pilsen Vintage and Thrift has any article of clothing you can think of, at a cheap price too. They also have art shows certain months of the year! 


The bars in Pilsen are a staple of Chicago’s nightlife scene. Most of these bars have mixologist masters and you are sure to have a good time out on the town.


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So close to Simply Wood Rings, it’s practically in our backyard: Lagunitas has some of the best beer around and offers tours of the brewery, daily. They host live music Wednesdays-Sundays as well. They also have amazing nachos and offer free tastings of beer before the tours.


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Skylark is the (cash-only) bar that has your tater tots and fried pickles for when you need something to go with a refreshing beer. They also have a musical showcase every Monday night at 10pm for $5. 

Simone’s Bar

Simone's Bar

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Tried and true. Simone’s is well known as a laid back and warm place to hang. Housed in a 100-year old building with recycled and salvaged elements–like bar stools that used to be doors and a bar top that used to be a bowling alley floor. 

Live Music, Events & Art

There is so much culture in Pilsen, it’s hard to choose only a few to highlight. Aside from countless studios, craftsmen, and artist collectives there are first-Friday art openings every month.

Riot Fest

Riot Fest

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Riot Fest is a music festival that happens once a year in Douglas Park. Some of the past bands include The Cure, Weezer, Slayer, No Doubt, and The Flaming Lips. This three day festival is perfect for music lovers of all kinds. Check out their site for the 2016 summer lineup.

National Museum of Mexican Art

National Museum of Mexican Art

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This museum features hispanic artists and has rotating shows every few months. In October, they host a Dia De Los Muertos show that is bound to blow your mind. This museum represents Pilsen and the art that is made here, which makes it a must-see. 


You can find some of the most authentic food in Chicago, right here in Pilsen. With Pilsen’s hispanic roots, you can find the best tacos and margaritas in the city. Or, discover classic BBQ amid live music. 

Frida Room

Pilsen Breakfast and Grill

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This freshly updated breakfast and brunch spot is worth checking out. Pilsen B&G serves up traditional dishes from Peru such as Lomo Saltado but also offers classic American fare (think pancakes). This place knows how to make the perfect breakfast burrito, in our opinion, filled with tons of veggies and all the good stuff. 



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Casual, colorful gastropub serving globally inspired American fare, artisan cocktails & craft beers.

Honky Tonk Barbeque

Honky Tonk BBQ Chicago

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Honky Tonk offers homemade southern barbecue at it’s finest. Their pork and brisket are slow smoked every day to ensure the best barbecue in Chicago. They also have live music Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. 

La Catrina

La Catrina Cafe on 18th St

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Want to grab a coffee or pean dulce and chill and work or read? La Catrina Cafe is the spot to be. Their coffee is some of the best in Chicago. 


Jumping Bean Cafe

JUmping Bean Cafe Chicago

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Want to grab a coffee or bagel and post up somewhere to work or read? Jumping Bean is the perfect place to do so. Their pasta salad is amazing and the coffee is some of the best around. 

El Milagro

El Milagro Cafe

Pilsen Festivals

The mexican community has long deep roots in pilsen and the festivals are some of the best in Chicago and by far the best mexican food around.

Pilsen Fest

Pilsen Fest Band

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Pilsen Fest will take place in Chicago on August 18 – 19, 2018, in the Pilsen neighborhood. This outdoor festival will feature renowned musical acts drawing an attendance of 60,000 people. The objective of the Festival is to celebrate and embrace diversity, solidarity and unity.