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The 9 Best Late-Night Tacos in Chicago

Published On 07/29/2015 Published On 07/29/2015
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1. El Rey Del Taco 7104 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60626 (Rogers Park)

At all hours (literally) you can expect high quality tacos from this strip-mall spot. It might look unassuming, but check out the carne asada tacos or suadero tacos for a killer late night snack (read: meal).

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2. Arturo's Tacos 2001 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60647 (Bucktown)

The name may say tacos, but the menu includes breakfast (or desayunos), burritos, chiles rellenos, enchiladas, chimichangas, and full seafood entrées.

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3. Velvet Taco 1110 N State St, Chicago, IL 60610 (Gold Coast)

Slinging more than a dozen modern and traditional varieties, this Texas-based taco shop planted its first non-Texas outpost right in the Viagra Triangle. Try the Indian-inspired crisp tikka chicken (spicy pepper sauce, buttered cilantro basmati rice, raita crema, and Thai basil), the American-inspired bacon burger (served on a flour tortilla, of course), and a side of elote-style rotisserie corn with the famous red-velvet cake for dessert.

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4. Taqueria Traspasada 811 N Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60622 (Avondale)

This Avondale spot might not look like much from the outside, but once you bite into their chicharron burrito with salsa verde, nothing else matters.

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5. El Molino 3945 W 31st St, Chicago, IL 60623

This Little Village local favorite has been serving carnitas and barbacoa for over 20 years. You can order the meat by the pound, or just get it in your tacos, at almost any time of the week -- even late night.

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6. Big Star 1531 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60622 (Chicago)

A lot of things about Wicker Park's Big Star will make you feel like you're in Texas. First, there's the taco-centric menu that features a dozen taco varieties and necessary sides like guacamole and queso. Then there's the drink selection, which is heavy on whiskey, tequila, and craft beer. The massive outdoor patio begs for you to order a margarita and drink the day away, especially during the summer when the seasonal music series is in full swing.

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7. El Gallo Bravo #5 1429 W Montrose Ave, Chicago, IL 60613 (Uptown)

There's more than one Gallo Bravo in the city, but #5 is our favorite. You can place your order online, and also stop in in the middle of the night. What more could you want?

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8. Raymond's Tacos 2406 S Blue Island Ave, Chicago, IL 60608 (Pilsen)

One of a few Raymond's locations across the city, this location is known for its tacos. The tacos are made after a slice of American cheese is melted between two tortillas -- it's hard to imagine a better late night eat.

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