Pilsen Food Truck Social

Dates: June 28-29th- Friday through Sunday
Location: On 18th Street between Racine and Throop
Hours: Friday: 5PM-10PM; Saturday & Sunday 11AM-10PM
Attendance: 20,000
Demographics: Millennial and GenX white collar, urban professionals.

• More than 25 Food Trucks
• More than 10 local restaurants.
• Variety of live music and DJ’s curated by Empty Bottle Productions, 606 Records
• Local artisans and merchandise vendors.


The Pilsen Food Truck Social rolls back into Chicago’s Lower West Side for the fifth year of delicious mobile eats and live beats! As its eponymous name suggests, food trucks are the centerpiece of the event. More than 25 Illinois Food Truck Owner Association affiliated trucks will congregate in the heart of Pilsen on 18th Street between Racine and Throop (1200 W. -1300 W. 18th St. Chicago IL 60608) in addition to at least 8 local restaurants. To put it mildly- the variety of food available at the PFTS is wide indeed!

A ‘Sampler Ticket’ will allow fest-goers to stroll around and try SIX (6) sample-sized portions from the food trucks and restaurants onsite, and/or sample beer varieties by Revolution Brewing (if 21+ with picture ID). All regular sized food and beverages will also be available for individual cash purchase.

In addition to the mobile eats, other elements help put the “social” into Pilsen Food Truck Social. The live music stage just outside historic live music venue Thalia Hall, programmed by Thalia Hall and Empty Bottle Presents will feature lively local and regional acts. Pilsen’s own 606 Records will be spinning records and keeping cool beats going throughout the weekend To round it out, the neighborhood of Pilsen itself will be showcased, with local artisans, retailers, and Pilsen restaurants participating as vendors and exhibitors.

Culture thrives in Pilsen and the rest of Chicago is invited to explore the heart of the community during Pilsen Food Truck Social. Attendees can spend the day – before, during or after the fest – discovering the diverse collection of offbeat vintage shops, independent coffee houses and quaint cafes alongside bodegas, panaderias and ethnic restaurants dotted throughout the historic neighborhood. Thalia Hall will also feature live music and ticketed shows inside their own venue during the weekend.

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Target 20,000 young urban professionals, Millennials and Gen X via naming rights, on-site activation, sampling, sales, couponing, bounce-back, media logo inclusion, signage and more.

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