Wordless Wednesday: Tortillería El Milagro Mural in Pilsen

Pilsen Tortillería El Milagro mural in ChicagoFor many years while living in Chicago, I bought my tortillas each Saturday morning from Tortilleria El Milagro on South Blue Island Avenue in Pilsen. It was also the only place where I would ever buy ensalada de nopales, for which I’d have to wake up extra early because they always ran out quickly. On the back side of the building is this beautiful mural I often stopped to admire when picking up my tortillas. The neighborhood, located on the Lower West Side, is one of the city’s two Mexican enclaves, and is one of the things I most miss about living in Chicago. My weekly trips to the market, tortilleria and panaderia were like briefly stepping out of Chicago and into Mexico for a few hours at a time.

You can read more about the history of Chicago’s Mexican neighborhoods and the murals of Pilsen here.

  • Does your city have something special that transports you to Mexico?


  1. says

    Wow, what a fab mural. Awesome. Love it! Speaking of nopales, i just made myself a nopal and pineapple smoothie. My blog amiga Mely introduced me to it and it is awesome. Luckily I have nopales growing in my back yard. Wonderful mural. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Ninfa DePalma says

    Living near Fort Worth, TX I have quite a few things that transport me back to the Mexican side of my family, on Hemphill Street there are easily 4-5 Super Mercados in which I feel like I am at any Mercado in Mexico, I can find all I need to make a mexican feast!!! There are also several venues that have Latin entertainment, Movies, mariachi bands and dancers on the weekends!!


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