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First Year of Success of Local Businesses in Pilsen

On Thursday November 15th, a magical moment took place at the La Casa Resource Center, as members of the business community and elected officials gathered to celebrate the first year anniversary of the Greater Pilsen Economic Development Association (GPEDA).

This anniversary celebration demonstrated the commitment of local businesses and Alderman Danny Solis, to work together to build a stronger Pilsen.  "I need organizations such as Greater Pilsen to help me with the growth of Pilsen," Alderman Solis told the group.  In addition, he mentioned several of the notable projects that his office accomplished in 2012, such as the cleaning of Plaza Tenochtitlan, the closing of the Fisk Plant, and the transformation of Cermak Road into the ‘greenest street in America’.

The evening was filled with much fun and merriment as the community came together to celebrate the past accomplishments and the future vision of the Greater Pilsen Economic Development Association. "As a result of this organization, we are making Pilsen a destination point," according to GPEDA Chairman Mark Sussman. In his speech that evening, Sussman underscored that the goal of GPEDA is to strengthen the business community so that all of Pilsen can reap the benefits of a thriving economic climate. Chairman of Membership Gus Drugas encouraged businesses on the Cermak Corridor and the West Side of Pilsen to join. “It does not matter if you are from the West Side of Pilsen or the East Side, we are all one Pilsen; we all win when we unite," Drugas said. 

To show how important the organization is to them, many dedicated business members donated food, items for the silent auction and their own time to set up the event.  According to Ciao Amore co-owner Cesar Pineda, " Pilsen is home for me and my business, and I believe strongly in Greater Pilsen and its mission. We can make this happen with everyone's support".  Attendees were treated to delicious food from Fogata Village, Efebina’s Cafe, Pl-zen Gastro Pub,  Cafe Jumping Bean, La Casa del Pueblo Restaurant, Don Churro,  Panaderia Nuevo Leon, Cafe La Catrina and La Esperanza.  In addition, two of the evening’s honored speakers were long-established and cherished members of Pilsen's business community: Sol Hernandez of Del Sol Realty and Eleazar Delgado of Jumping Bean Café. 

Both shared their heartfelt sentiments of what Greater Pilsen and the Pilsen Community meant to them.  According to Eleazar Delgado of Jumping Bean Café, "I have seen organizations come and go so I was skeptical about joining at first because I wanted to see what would come from the group. When I was asked to join again, I did not hesitate this time because there is so much coming from this group."

The highlight of the evening was the presentation of certificates to all GPEDA members in appreciation for their continued support.   We appreciate the support of our donors, Alderman Solis and the entire Pilsen community.  Local artists, such as Reciclarte, Both Sides Art, Smarty Pants, Gimme Da' Mic, Mariachi Mexico Vivo, The Blooming Orchid, Soultry Shoes, Cafe La Catrina, World Gym The Metro Bank and Victoria Lynn Photography all contributed to a memorable event.



For further information on joining Greater Pilsen, please contact Natalia Rodriguez at or 312.698.8898.

Posted in Pilsen Community, Local Businesses

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