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Best Free Art Activities In Chicago

From antiques made in ancient Greece to Pablo Picasso’s works from the last century, Chicago has numerous venues and tours with free admission. Check out the following list to get you started.


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Best Places For Black Friday Shopping Deals In Chicago

For many shoppers, shopping on Black Friday is synonymous with crowds. To find great Black Friday deals in Chicago, consider shopping off the beaten path at the following independent stores.


Detail from one of Pilsen's famous murals. (CBS)

Your Chicago: Pilsen

From authentic taquerias like Nuevo Leon to the vivid and expressive murals that line the streets, the people of Pilsen proudly show you who they are.


Mayor Rahm Emanuel

Emanuel Unveils Plans To Redevelop Sites Of Coal Plants, Old Asphalt Factory

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Saturday unveiled plans to redevelop three old industrial sites on the Southwest Side – including the two infamous coal plants that closed last month.

CBS Chicago–09/22/2012

16th Street Mural

Alderman Wants Graffiti Artists To Paint Legitimate Murals

Ald. Danny Solis (25th) wants graffiti artists to redirect their pastime toward legitimate artwork – namely, murals along a railroad embankment in the Pilsen neighborhood.

CBS Chicago–08/23/2012

File Photo Of A Handgun (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

Person Shot In Pilsen Runs To Fire Station For Help

A person ran into a Pilsen neighborhood fire station Wednesday afternoon after being shot in the throat just blocks away.


Nicholas Claxton, 23, is charged with cyber-stalking and unlawful use of a weapon by a felon. (Credit: Cook County Sheriff's Office)

Man Accused Of Sending Threatening Photo After He Was Fired

A Pilsen man was behind bars Tuesday night, accused of threatening a former co-worker in west suburban Oak Park.

CBS 2–08/07/2012

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2 Men Shot Dead On Front Steps In Pilsen

Two men were shot and killed early Monday on the western edge of the Pilsen neighborhood.

CBS Chicago–05/21/2012

Fatal Shooting

SW Suburban Man Shot Dead In Pilsen

A southwest suburban man was shot dead early Sunday in the Southwest Side Pilsen neighborhood, police said.


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2 Dead, At Least 24 Wounded In Weekend Shootings

Two people have been killed, and at least 24 other people — one of them a 12-year-old girl — have been wounded in shootings across the city since Friday afternoon.


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Chicago’s Cinco De Mayo Parade

Celebrate the Cinco de Mayo in style with the annual parade in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood.


Pilsen Fire

Woman, 2 Children Hospitalized After Pilsen Fire

CHICAGO (CBS) — A 4-month-old child is among those recovering after flames swept through a home in the Pilsen neighborhood. The fire broke out around 1:40 a.m. Wednesday in the basement of the three-story building […]

CBS Chicago–03/28/2012

Carlos Tortolero is the founder of the National Museum of Mexican Art. (CBS)

Someone You Should Know: Mexican Art Museum Founder

Carlos Tortolero felt the Latino community was being neglected, so he did something about it, CBS 2’s Harry Porterfield reports.


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3 Dead, 5 Wounded By Gunfire Over 12-Hour Period

Conditions were pleasant overnight, but violence spilled onto the streets of Chicago in many areas – leaving three people dead and at least five others wounded from 4 p.m. Monday to 4 a.m. Tuesday.

CBS Chicago–03/13/2012

Pilsen Suspicious Items

Suspicious Items In Trash Can Shut Down Street In Pilsen

Chicago Police were questioning a man Tuesday morning about two devices found in a trash can the day before, which led to an evacuation in Pilsen.

WBBM Newsradio–03/13/2012

Fisk Power Plant

2 SW Side Coal Plants Agree To Shut Down Early

Two controversial coal-fired power plants in Chicago reportedly are being phased out.

CBS Chicago–02/29/2012

Josiah Pickard Elementary School (Credit: CBS)

Dozens Of Complaints Filed Against Pilsen Principal

Allegations were coming to light on Tuesday against the principal of a Chicago public school in the Pilsen neighborhood. Teachers have filed dozens of complaints against the man in his five years as principal.

CBS 2–02/07/2012

Michael Griffin, 25, is charged with one count each of aggravated criminal sexual assault and unlawful restraint for allegedly raping a woman in the Bucktown neighborhood. (Credit: Chicago Police Department)

Bail Set At $750K For Man Charged With Bucktown Rape

Bond was set at $750,000 Sunday for a Pilsen man charged with raping a 26-year-old woman in Bucktown early Saturday.


Coal-Fired Power Plant

Pilsen, Little Village Residents Sue Over Coal Plant Pollution

Residents of the Little Village and Pilsen neighborhoods have filed class-action lawsuits against two coal-fired power plants.

CBS Chicago–01/18/2012

Pilsen Water Main Break

Repairs Continue After Broken Water Main Floods Pilsen Streets

Crews have patched a 36-inch water main that ruptured in the Pilsen neighborhood Monday night, but full repairs were still underway and residents were still facing a long cleanup process after homes and businesses were flooded.

CBS Chicago–12/20/2011