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Pilsen General Contractor

With its rich culture and proximity to downtown and the West Loop, Pilsen is one of the fastest growing markets in Chicago.  3F Construction is a Pilsen General Contractor and Real Estate Developer with a focus on Naturally Occurring Affordable Housing “NOAH”.  Over the past few years, 3F has acquired and renovated a substantial portfolio of assets in Pilsen.

The fact is numerous buildings in Pilsen have fallen into a state of disrepair.  As a result, they need an experienced General Contractor to reposition them.  3F has gut renovated over 30 properties in Pilsen over the last three years.

3F employs sophisticated technology to reduce costs, improve efficiency, and provide transparency.  With over 2000 unit renovations under its belt, 3F can tackle the toughest renovation projects.  Check out some of our recent construction projects in Pilsen below.  Plus, have a look at our construction services or contact us if you want to chat about your next project.

Exterior of Thalia Hall in Pilsen renovated by a Pilsen General Contractor.

Naturally Occurring Affordable Housing (NOAH)

The growth of the West Loop in Chicago over the last six years is remarkable.  With the announcement of Google and McDonald’s moving to the West Loop, development has not slowed.  Home prices and rents have skyrocketed since 2012. The dramatic increase in rent has pushed tenants to look west and south along train lines.  The Pink Line, which runs through the West Loop and into Downtown Chicago, also stops in Pilsen.

With its proximity to major employment centers, Pilsen has NOAH: Naturally Occurring Affordable Housing.  People who work in the West Loop are now moving to Pilsen because the rent is more affordable.  3F has spent the last few years renovating properties in Pilsen to make them available for the surge in demand caused by rising rents.  Most properties require full gut renovations.

It goes without saying that Pilsen has amazing culture.  And with new bars and restaurants popping up all the time, more people are moving in.  Check out some of the Pilsen staples below.

Pilsen Renovation Projects


XURRO (The Churro Factory)

On West Cermak Road and South Wolcott Avenue, the smell of fresh, homemade churros has greeted students on their way to the nearby high school for 20 years. Founded by Ramon and Irma Covarrubias in 1996, the unassuming but warm eatery space now has branches in downtown Chicago, and across Illinois’ nearby suburbs.

2214 S Wolcott Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60608

Churro Factory signage on building in Pilsen


This Mexican-style ice creamery puts other ice cream joints to shame.  There are just 20 dessert flavors to browse, yet the genuine attractions are the paletas (ice lollies), cream-and solidified organic fruit product based popsicles in every flavor you can imagine. La Michoacana has various locations in Chicago, but its Pilsen store on South Blue Island Avenue is it’s most attractive.

1725 West 18th Street Chicago, IL 60608

Popsicles stacked up with fruit in a Pilsen shop


Urupuan, a large city west of Mexico City, is known for its carnitas: “Little meats” is the translation. They are made by stewing pork until it softens and is “melt-in-your-mouth” delicate.  Then it’s presented with a spread of coriander, refried beans, tortillas, salsa, guacamole, and onions. Carnitas Urupuan has been a local favorite in Pilsen since 1975, when Inocencio “El Guero” Carbajal choose to showcase the food he grew up on to Chicago. Its location across from 18th Street El station, Carnitas Urupuan is clamoring 24 hours a day.

1725 W 18th St, Chicago, IL 60608


On the corner of 18th and Allport Street, you’ll see one of Pilsen’s most established and historic points of interest, Thalia Hall.  Established at the turn of the century by John Dusek, the hall was intended as a live entertainment venue.  Current proprietors, Bruce Finkelman and Craig Golden, have reestablished Dusek’s unique dream with the dispatch of some debut eateries, stages and bars to go with the first amphitheater. Heavyweights like Andrew Bird, Kurt Vile, Dave Chappelle and The Smashing Pumpkins have graced the stage.

Thalia Hall, 1807 S. Allport St. Chicago, IL, USA, +1 312 526 3851


“Thalia Hall is home to the Michelin-featured Dusek’s Board and Beer. Propelled in 2013 by Logan Square’s Longman and Eagle group, Dusek’s offers guests a non-conventional American brunch with a continually changing global energy and taste. Regardless of whether you favor baked goods, eggs or meat in the morning, Dusek’s versions of breakfast works of art won’t disappoint. Try not to be distracted from the drinks, as their brew choice is healthy and their Brunch Punch from sister-bar Punch House will remain with you long past the buzz.”

Dusek’s Board & Beer, 1227 W 18th St, Chicago, IL, USA, +1 312 526 3851