Pilsen, Little Village, Near West Side & West Loop Back to School Checklist
Back to school shopping in Pilsen, Little Village, Near West Side and the West Loop can be daunting. We're here to help, rounding up neighborhood tips and lists to find supplies like backpacks and notebooks, the latest fashion ideas, and everything else you need to know about getting your student's academic year off on the right foot. Initially settled by Eastern European immigrants, Little Village and Pilsen each have a large Latino population today and include highly-regarded cultural institutions like the National Museum of Mexican Art. The Near West Side and West Loop areas straddle the Chicago River and are characterized by industrial, yet streamlined architecture.