Why we love it
If you’re looking for an authentic slice of Mexican-American life in Chicago, Little Village has it all — traditional bakeries, delicious restaurants packed with locals, tons of Mexican-American culture, and a literal warehouse filled with Mexican candies and treats.
When you get to Little Village (or La Villita as the locals call it), you’ll be greeted by the terracotta arch over 26th Street that reads “bienvenidos a Little Village”. This is the neighborhood’s main drag, a two-mile stretch of global grocery stores, mouth-watering bakeries, colorful murals, and storefronts brimming with dazzling quinceañera dresses and leather Western wear.
Stop into one of the many taquerias serving made-to-order tacos. El Milagro Tortilleria is a local favorite, where the tortillas are made fresh in house. Make sure to pick up a treat from the passing paletero (push cart vendors selling frozen treats). Or grab a tamale to go from one of the food carts that line the street.
The Open Center for the Arts is another great stop. This art center and gallery that encourages and showcases work by emerging and aspiring local artists. It’s just one of the many ways to experience the spirit of this culturally rich neighborhood.
Explore like a local
Enjoy some of the best chilaquiles in town at La Catedral Café & Restaurant. Immerse yourself in murals and mosaics at tiny Manuel Perez Memorial Plaza. Walk on the wild side with fried rattlesnake at La Casa de Samuel.
Chicago Greeter: free guided tours
Taste, shop and explore the neighborhoods with a friendly local as your guide. Explore rich histories, diverse cultural traditions and hidden treasures. See sides of the city you may not have adventured out to on your own, and take away a truly authentic Chicago experience. Greeter visits are customized based on your choice of neighborhoods, language and interests.Request a tour with a Chicago Greeter