Where to Find the Best Mexican Food in Chicago | Jake Wells


While Chicago is often known for its amazing pizzas and hot dogs, Windy City also has some of the best Mexican restaurants. There are so many fantastic establishments to choose from, it can be overwhelming. So here are some of the best Mexican restaurants you can enjoy in Chicago.

Velvet Tacos

With 2 locations in Chicago, one located on the Gold Coast and the other on Lincoln Common, Velvet Taco’s mission is to offer only the freshest ingredients to create a wide variety of unique tacos, something for everyone. and to everyone. This place is awesome and thinks outside the box when it comes to delivering Mexican food and the team shares a vision that tacos can be made with the same care and quality ingredients as fine dining, Velvet Taco is where “everything meets the art of the possible.” To learn more about this specific location, you can visit their website here.


This quick-service cafe by Rick and Deann Bayless is the place for great tacos. It opens early and closes late. The kitchen team prides itself on serving the best authentic flavor of Mexico. One of the many menu highlights is their tortas (Mexican sandwiches baked in a wood oven). The CHORIQUESO and the Baja chicken are fantastic. Also, to fully experience your Mexican immersion, you have to try their Bean-to-cup chocolate, the Classical is my all-time favorite. Here is the link to XOCO website.

Big Star Taco

Big Star Taco actually has two locations in Chicago, one in Wicker Park and the other in Wrigleyville. So if you’re attending a Cubs game, Big Star Taco is worth a detour if only for the Big Star Nachos and great cocktails. This restaurant is a great place to celebrate birthday parties or hang out with friends. At the Wicker Park location, you can order a DIY Taco kit and cocktail to go if you want to bring the party home. You can order or pick up margarita kits that include a bottle of blue agave tequila, a quart of homemade margarita mix, and a recipe card. Each kit will serve 12 cocktails with a little tequila to taste. Don’t forget to try their fish tacos, with beer-battered tilapia fillet, chipotle mayonnaise, cabbage, red onion, lime, and cilantro. These are simply amazing. To see the menu or learn more about this location, you can visit their website here.

So these are three of the best Mexican restaurants in Chicago. Do you have a restaurant you would like to add to the list? Feel free to add it to the comments. Thanks!


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