Talking to the Pilsen community
Locals sound off about about gentrification, their favorite spots, and more.
CARLO SERRAN, 29
Are you a Pilsen resident?
Ten years. I’m a photographer for a modeling agency and several Hispanic magazines including Mexico City’s Chilango, so I’m often traveling to New York, L.A. and Mexico.
What keeps you grounded here?
The people. The community feel is very strong. Around here, there are people who want more out of life than just the monotony of work. Chicago is a place of industry and offices, but Pilsen feels fruitier—more colorful, lively. I love my Mexican people, Asian people, African-American people, and they all exist here.