- A seemingly utopian society where artists live and work in studios around sunken gardens in the midst of a ne'er do well part of town. Sound like the stuff of novels? It is a reality here. The colony began nearly 50 years ago when John Podmajersky and his wife Ann bought three blocks of land when they saw their native Pilsen neighborhood starting to crumble. Since then, artisans from around the globe have come here to practice their craft. Approximately 300 artists now call the colony home. To observe the colony at work (without having to move in), visit during the annual open house in early September.
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