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Get to Know West Elsdon

Sidney Madden
Sidney Madden
Posted on September 20
A bungalow in West Elsdon

A bungalow in West Elsdon. (Eric Allix Rogers / Flickr)

Next up in our neighborhood series: West Elsdon.

Near Midway Airport and lined with bungalows, the Southwest Side neighborhood played a central role in public housing riots in the mid-20th century. The neighborhood remained mostly white until the ‘90s when more Mexican residents began to settle there.

Pepe Barajas moved as a kid from Mexico to Little Village and later to West Elsdon. From a family who worked in and owned taquerias in Chicago, Barajas opened Solazo (formerly El Solazo) more than 15 years ago. He shares his favorite things to do in the neighborhood.

Headshot of Solazo owner Pepe Barajas

Solazo owner Pepe Barajas. (Courtesy of Solazo)

What to Eat

“Enjoy a classic experience at Jacky's Hot Dogs, serving up Chicago-style dogs, burgers, and Italian beef. Get authentic seafood cuisine from the state of Nayarit, Mexico, at Las Islas Marias.”

What to See

“The giant Indian on the northwestern corner of 63rd Street and Pulaski Road that was featured in 'Wayne's World.'”

What to Do

“Agave 101 at Solazo, which offers a wide selection of agave spirits, including tequila, mezcal, and raicilla.”

Offerings from Solazo

Offerings from Solazo. (Courtesy of Solazo)

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