Pilsen Taco Fest is dedicated to creating a space in our community that celebrates art, diversity and culture within the city Chicago.


Our Mission

Founded by Mateo Zapata and Fernando Nieto, two young local entrepreneurs raised in Pilsen - we set out to create a space that celebrates the culture of our community. It's important to create spaces that celebrate diversity in our neighborhood that highlight the importance of. We love tacos and we chose to create a local event that brings together people from all over the city to check out local stand-up comedians, musical performers, artisans and TACOS!  

We’d like to thank all of the 20,000 attendees that came out to support our event last summer and look forward to curating another celebration this year.
— Mateo Zapata, Inner City Culture


  • Authentic Taqueria Restaurants
  • Local Food Vendors & Merchants
  • Community Organizations
  • Live Bands & Musicians 
  • Stand-up Comedians
  • Disc Jockeys
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