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Pilsen Group Realty
Was founded by Mr. Honoratus Lopez in the early 1980’s.  It was established to help the increasing housing needs of the growing Pilsen community.   In association with the Capoccia family, lifelong Pilsen residents, Mr. Lopez provided the guidance for the existing Pilsen Group Realty.  Today Pilsen Realty provides real estate sales, property management and apartment rentals with the motto “Service is the Key to Your Property”.  Pilsen Realty is located in the heart of the Pilsen neighborhood and is at your service.     

Pilsen/Little Village
The Pilsen/Little Village is home to approximately 44,465 residents who reside in portions of the Lower West Side, South Lawndale, and Near West Side community areas. Pilsen's center is at 18th and Halsted and it radiates out mainly to the west and south from there. This is a family neighborhood with lots of color, great Mexican food and reasonable housing. A few galleries around the 18th and Halsted intersection attest to some spill-over from the neighboring South Loop artist colony. The community's main commercial strips feature convenience stores such as groceries, pharmacies, and hardware stores, restaurants that attract tourists and customers from across the city, and a bustle of sidewalk vendors and other entrepreneurs. Pilsen has been the center of the muralist movement in Chicago since the early 1970s, and areas such as 18th Street feature numerous colorful murals. A market feasibility study of the 18th Street commercial strip by one of UIC's partners, the Eighteenth Street Development Corporation, found that most Pilsen residents shop weekly in the neighborhood

Background
The Pilsen and Little Village areas grew up around railroad lines. This area was originally settled by Czech, Polish, Yugoslavian, German and Austrian immigrants. Before World War II more than a quarter of Little Village residents were foreign born. Pilsen was the point of entry for Czech immigrants in the 1880s, and today serves the same role for Mexican immigrants. During the late 1960s and 1970s the neighborhoods located in this geographic cluster were plagued by gang violence and neglect. Today that reputation is slowly fading with improvement of the housing stock and active crime prevention programs.

Housing
Over the past few years residential property values have increased 10 to 15 percent in the Heart of Chicago, Little Village and Pilsen neighborhoods, according to local realtors. In 1997, the average sale price of a single-family home in all three communities was about $99,545. Since 1975, NHS has generated more than $10.4 million in investment in the area. Property values are rising in these near Southwest Side communities located just south of the booming University Village, by University of Illinois-Chicago, and Tri-Taylor areas.

More than 70 percent of Pilsen residents live in rental housing. One-bedroom units, in a partially renovated building, rent for $450 to $500, while fully renovated, one- bedroom units range from $500 to $600. Partially renovated, two-bedroom apartments range from $600 to $700, while fully renovated units rent for $650 to $1,000 per month. Three- bedroom units rent for about $650 to $750 in a partially renovated building. Fully renovated, three-bedroom apartments rent for $750 to $1,500. In the East Pilsen artists' colony, near Halsted and 18th Street, $1,000 to $1500 can rent a big, two-level loft with a finished kitchen and bathroom.

Transportation
The CTA's O'Hare-Congress-Douglas rapid transit line has a stop at 18th Street, in the northwest corner of Pilsen. Buses run on Cermak, 18th Street and Blue Island.

The Midway rapid transit line runs from Roosevelt Road and State Street, along the southern border of Pilsen, Heart of Chicago and Little Village.

Trains stop at Halsted, 35th Street, Western and Kedzie. The Metra Burlington Northern Line stops at the Western and 18th Street station. The 18th Street and Cermak Road exits of the Dan Ryan Expressway (I-94) are on the east side of Pilsen. The Stevenson Expressway (I-55) runs parallel to the southern border of Heart of Chicago and Little Village.

Conclusion
Pilsen's rich cultural and organizational base makes it one of Chicago's most vibrant and unique communities. Residents' commitment to rebuilding their community is evidenced by major housing programs led by community-based organizations. Local schools are strengthened by dedicated teachers and active Local School Councils and complemented by a network of adult education and vocational training providers. Community health services are provided by the Pilsen/Little Village Mental Health Center, Alivio Medical Center, and St. Anthony, Mount Sinai, and UIC hospitals. Extensive family support services include El Hogar del Nino, El Valor, Mujeres Latinas en Acci6n, the YMCA, and Boys and Girls Clubs.

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