Food & Drink

The Chicago Taco Bucket List: 40 Tacos to Eat Before You Die

Published On 12/14/2015 Published On 12/14/2015
Soft-shell taco with salsa
Titus Ruscitti/Thrillist

When talking about America’s best taco towns, Chicago -- and its Hispanic metro-area population, which runs nearly 2 million strong -- must be mentioned. You’ve got small mom-and-pop taquerias scattered throughout the city, from the far Southeast Side all the way north to Rogers Park. Then there’s the modern Mexican that chefs like Rick Bayless have put in the forefront of the city's dining scene. The task of choosing where to grab a great taco can be a daunting one when you have so many options, so to alleviate any tortilla anxiety, we’ve come up with a bucket list of the 40 tacos you need to seek out.

Titus Ruscitti/Thrillist

Steak taco

Taqueria El Asadero

Address and Info

North Center

Chicago is a steak-taco town and this one here is the mayor. Extra dedication taken here means you're getting fresh steak directly from the grill to the tortilla. The final product is the most complete steak taco in town. Juicy charred beef mixed with cilantro, onion, and salsa verde inside a warm white corn tortilla is one of the great flavor combinations.

Shrimp taco

La Lagartija Taqueria

Address and Info

Near West Side

The best shrimp taco in Chicago consists of three perfectly crispy shrimp that go inside a warm house-made tortilla. You really don't need much more than that but the crunchy slaw and aioli round it all out. Perfect snack for pre-Bulls and -Blackhawks games.

Big Star Chicago

Panza taco

Big Star

Address and Info

Wicker Park

The original hipster taco is still one of the best tacos anywhere. Crispy pork belly bathing in a beautiful red-hued chile sauce inside a wonderful house-made tortilla. So loved it’s rare to see someone eat just one.

Ribeye taco (w/ cheese)

Raymond's Tacos

Address and Info

Pilsen

One of the best after-midnight snacks, the cheesy tacos are the signature item at Raymond's. Say yes to cheese on your tacos and you'll receive them with gooey American cheese dripping out from within the two tortillas it's melted between. Choosing the ribeye, which comes with grilled onions, morphs this snack into part taco and part cheesesteak, all of it amazing.

velvet taco (edited)

Fish n' chips taco

Velvet Taco

Address and Info

Gold Coast

The Texas import has fit in well over on the Viagra Triangle. This spot specializes in tacos made with the flavors of other regional dishes, and some of them come through very well. The fish n' chips taco has all the characteristics of the English pub favorite inside a tortilla.

Taco al pastor

Taqueria Los Barrilitos

Address and Info

Little Village

My favorite tacos al pastor in Chicago. Master taquero Jorge is using his unique family recipe from back in Mexico City. When you walk inside you can expect to see a fat cone of meat with a beautiful red hue. The tacos al pastor recipe goes back to Mexico City and features a few unique ingredients, including cinnamon.

Tacos Erendira

Guisado de puerco taco

Tacos Erendira

Address and Info

Bridgeport

Residents of Bridgeport know all about the juicy pork sitting in a pool of red chile sauce and its healing ability during winter. For the uninitiated, try it in taco form and enjoy the warm vibes it brings to your insides.

Titus Ruscitti/Thrillist

Machaca breakfast taco

Jarabe Mexican Street Food

Address and Info

University Village

Finally a place serving the most important meal of the day in taco form and it tastes just like the top spots in Texas. The dried beef mixed with eggs is a favorite breakfast taco of the people down there and should be the same for those of us up here.

Titus Ruscitti/Thrillist

Jerk chicken taco

Jerk Taco Man

Address and Info

West Side

Easily the most popular taco on the West Side, the line has been known to go around the block. Owner Julius Thomas is an ace behind the steel-drum smoker. His jerk chicken is already great served in the traditional way. But it's his jerk tacos that most people are in line for. The smoky meat gets stuffed inside a corn tortilla and topped with onion, cilantro, and lots of his special-recipe jerk sauce. Say yes to the orange cheese so you can experience the entire package.

Titus Ruscitti/Thrillist

Steak taco

La Internacional Supermercado

Address and Info

Back of the Yards

This little supermercado served steak tacos so popular it ventured out and opened multiple taquerias that go by Paco's. Head straight to the source for some of the best steak tacos in Chicago. On the weekends you'll see the entire grill space dominated by skirt steak.

Fish taco

El Metro

Address and Info

Ukrainian Village

The best item at this hip spot specializing in Mexican street food has got to be the taco de pescado. It's a wonderful mold of warm-weather flavors sure to heat you up. Beer-battered tilapia and sliced red cabbage give it plenty of crunch while the chipotle-mango dressing and Salsa Valentina give it some spice that the pico de gallo helps cool down.

XOCO

Tacos al pastor

Xoco

Address and Info

River North

There are some good things about cold weather in Chicago, one of them being the tacos al pastor at Xoco. Every Wednesday starting at 5pm you can get a taste of what Rick Bayless and his team love about late-night snacking in Mexico City.

Titus Ruscitti/Thrillist

Deep-fried tacos

Loncar's Liquors

Address and Info

South Chicago

For many residents of the city's East Side taco day is Wednesday and not on Tuesday. That's because this beloved longtime neighborhood tavern dishes out its famous deep-fried tacos each week. Though you'll receive a bottle of salsa to dress the crispy tacos, it's all about the neon-orange sauce used on the chicken. Ask for some if you don't see it.

Bistek asado taco

Taqueria El Milagro

Address and Info

Little Village

The boss of all steak tacos. Many are familiar with El Milagro tortillas which are used by vendors all over Chicagoland but only those in the know are aware of the restaurant next door to the tortilla outlet. Here a steak taco is one big chunk of meat cooked on the grill until nice and charred. The only toppings it needs are some crunchy cabbage and the house salsa and all you need is two of them tops.

CEMITAS PUEBLA

Taco arabe

Cemitas Puebla

Address and Info

Fulton Market

Tony Anteliz has created a mini empire with his popular Mexican sandwich spot. As good as the sandwiches are, it's the taco arabe that stands out as the most unique offering. Popular in Puebla, Mexico these tacos have a Middle Eastern background with Mexican flavors. They're slightly spicy, super smoky, and always a crowd-pleaser.

Titus Ruscitti/Thrillist

Chicken taco

La Cocinita (address and info)
Food truck
The best chicken tacos in Chicago are also the best food truck tacos. Juicy shredded meat topped with a kickin' chipotle sauce, some crunchy cabbage, and cheese inside a well-heated tortilla has all the flavors and textures one wants in a top taco.

Huitlacoche taco

Authentaco

Address and Info

Wicker Park

Often called corn smut, the secret to this potent veggie offering is in the toppings. Order it with a scoop of guacamole and some shredded cheese and you will be pleased. Oh, and those tortillas!

Titus Ruscitti/Thrillist

Texas tacos w/ brisket

Rub's Backcountry Smokehouse

Address and Info

Rogers Park

BBQ in a tortilla is one of the great cuisine mash-ups of our time. This North Side smokehouse takes its succulent brisket and stuffs it inside a flour tortilla to create a great example of the genre.

Carnitas taco

Carnitas Uruapan

Address and Info

Pilsen

Pure porky goodness. It's the spots that do one thing and one thing only that always seem to shine. That's the case with the family-recipe carnitas at this Pilsen staple. You can get the meat by the pound or in taco form with a lovely red salsa with mild heat to complete it.

Tuna poke taco

Big & Little's

Address and Info

Near North Side

Chicago's beloved seafood spot makes some pretty good tacos too. The tuna poke takes sushi-grade tuna and stuffs it inside a hard-shell taco. It's the number-one seller on the menu for a reason. It tastes great!

Titus Ruscitti/Thrillist

Tacos de sabinas

Nuevo Leon

Address and Info

Pilsen

We've all heard the news by now but the owners said they'll be back. So when they are the first thing you should do upon hearing the news is head on over and get the house-specialty tacos de sabinas. You'll be eating one of the best plates of tacos in Chicago and helping this local favorite make a roaring comeback.

Tacos pioneros

Rocky's Tacos

Address and Info

Rogers Park

This Rogers Park favorite is known for its ginormous sandwiches named after well-known futbol players but don't overlook the tacos. Particularly the tacos pioneros which is a platter of meats with lots of cheese and even some sauteed veggies for good measure. We advise trying this one on an empty stomach as there’s lots to eat off your plate.

el carrito | Soo Park & Fab Food Chicago

Fish taco

El Carrito

Address and Info

West Rogers Park

There was a time when this stretch of Lincoln was a desert for good tacos. Not anymore now that these guys have opened up shop. House-made tortillas get filled with worthy ingredients such as the crispy fried fish topped with jalapeño cabbage slaw and chipotle aioli. No need for the chains anymore.

Steak taco

Taqueria Mazamitla

Address and Info

Belmont Cragin

A small family-run spot which has a mostly local clientele, this place doesn't grill the steak but makes each and every little bit extra crispy and always uses fresh red onion and cilantro as the toppings. The warming of the tortilla is key to a good taco and here they open that door each time they make one.

Titus Ruscitti/Thrillist

Carne asada taco

L' Patron

Address and Info

Logan Square

One of the most popular taquerias in the city is also one of the best. All the taco options are pretty fantastic but the carne asada stands out for size and texture. The large chunks of steak are never chewy and the cilantro and onion is always fresh. The $.80 upcharge for a thick handmade tortilla is very much worth it.

Taco al pastor

Mario's Tacos

Address and Info

West Lawn

Mario makes the same tacos al pastor here that they did back in Mexico City. The meat comes from a cone and is most always sliced to order. Thinly shaven crispy pork with his family mixture of chilies and aromatics shining bright red with achiote. This is how tacos al pastor are supposed to be served.

taco joint

Cochinita pibil taco

Taco Joint

Address and Info

Lincoln Park

You can always count on a vibrant display of colors when you order the specialty of the Yucatan at this Lincoln Park watering hole. You can also count on juicy pork with mild peppery flavors mixed with citrus from the beautiful pickled onions atop the meat. A thicker-than-normal house-made tortilla keeps everything together.

Crispy tripas taco

La Chaparrita

Address and Info

Little Village

Ask any Chicago taco-eater worth their salsa, “What's the best taqueria in town?” and they'll mention this place if they know what’s up. While all the Mexico City-style tacos are killer, it's the crispy tripas that stands out most. Imagine you're eating a bacon taco and just let it crunch.

Crispy potato taco

Tacos Tequilas

Address and Info

Logan Square

This Logan Square sit-down spot has lots of good taco options but the crispy potato is one you won’t find anywhere else. Mashed potato puree with epazote, salsa verde, cream, and cheese makes for a great way to start your meal. Or you could order four and call it dinner.

antique taco (edited)

Pork carnitas taco

Antique Taco

Address and Info

Wicker Park

Pork on pork, how can this not be good. We love all the chef-driven taco options on the menu at this Wicker Park favorite but cant get enough of the carnitas option. It's sweet, it's smoky, and crispy bacon is a topping.

Birria taco

Birrieria Zaragoza

Address and Info

Archer Heights

Considered the GOAT by many. The goat taco served on a warm house-made tortilla is one of the best things to eat in all of Chicago. Its silky-smooth texture makes for some of the best roasted meat anywhere. On top of all this, you basically become family after a few visits.

Cecina taco

La Cecina

Address and Info

Back of the Yards

One of the best bang-for-your-buck tacos in town. This spot chops the dried beef into pieces and throws it in a homemade tortilla thick enough to withstand a spread of refried beans and a huge dollop of guacamole. Take one to go and you'll still get chips and a smoky house salsa.

Buzz bait Taqueria

Fish taco

Buzz Bait Taqueria

Address and Info

Old Town

Chicago's first fish taco-focused taqueria is putting out a top-notch fish taco (who would have thought?). The signature taco consists of several large chunks of Sapporo-battered cod served over a crispy Baja slaw with mango salsa and yogurt sauce. Just like they make out West.

Takito Kitchen

Crispy fish taco

Takito Kitchen

Address and Info

Wicker Park

Another one of the city's fine purveyors of chef-driven tacos also serves one of the best modern Mexican takes on the fish taco. All the tortillas are made in-house and the crispy fish taco uses a hibiscus tortilla to mold together the rest of the Southeast Asian flavors. It's colorful and full of flavor.

Choriqueso taco

Tortilleria Los Gamas

Address and Info

Logan Square

The draw here for most locals is the fresh masa and corn tortillas made on site, however it also has a taqueria putting out one of the city's top tacos. The choriqueso taco takes the universally loved queso fundido, mixes in some chorizo, and puts the end result in a house-made corn tortilla.

La Principal

Lengua taco

La Principal

Address and Info

Evanston

The address is in Evanston but the CTA Purple Line drops you off directly across the street at the Main St station. It's worth the ride to try this spot's take on lengua aka cow tongue. Just imagine it's pot roast and you're in for one of the beefier tacos you'll ever bite into.

Taco en CARBONado

Taqueria Tayahua

Address and Info

Pilsen

The specialty taco at this cute little Pilsen taqueria is all sorts of spicy. The type you need in your life. Picture an extra-tender piece of grilled steak. Now imagine some onions and jalapeño slices cooking with the meat. It all goes in a perfectly griddled tortilla and comes accompanied by a fantastic avocado-based salsa. If you're not hungry, restart your computer and try again.

Carnitas de Aguascalientes taco

Carniceria Aguascalientes

Address and Info

Little Village

This popular Little Village grocery store makes some wonderful tacos next door. Handmade tortillas get filled with wonderful-smelling guisados aka stew meats. The first one listed is the house special carnitas and it comes sitting inside a fiery red chile sauce. Perfect on a cold winter day.

Sambal fish taco

Del Seoul

Address and Info

Lincoln Park

Chicago's original fusion taco spot still serves the best fusion taco. The never-small and always well-fried piece of fish dominates the tortilla. Pickled red onions add a little bit of zing while Napa slaw adds extra snap to each bite.

Chorizo taco

La Quebrada

Address and Info

Gage Park

Crispy chorizo with exceptionally fresh cilantro and onion on a beautiful handmade white corn tortilla. That in and of itself is good enough to make this a top taco, but when the complimentary salsa molcajete goes on it becomes the type of taco you think about while daydreaming at your desk.

Sign up here for our daily Chicago email and be the first to get all the food/drink/fun in town.

Titus Ruscitti is a contributor at Thrillist and longtime Chicago food explorer. He is the man behind the blogs Smokin' Chokin' and Chowing with the KingWhat's your Beef?, and The Chicago Taco Tour. You can peek in on all his adventures on Instagram: @chibbqking.

Previous Venue Next Venue Venue Description
1. Taqueria El Asadero 2213 W Montrose Ave, Chicago, IL 60618 (Logan Square)

This classic, hole-in-the-wall (cash only!) Mexican joint has south-of-the-border food down pat, doling out go-tos like delicious (and cheap) tacos, burritos, and homemade guacamole and horchata. Our favorites include the steak and al pastor tacos and the carne asada burrito.

Previous Venue Next Venue Venue Description
2. La Lagartija Taqueria 132 S Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60607

If you're heading to a game at the United Center and need to eat beforehand, the shrimp tacos here are some of the better crustacean tacos you'll come across. Three pieces get a dip in a Negro Modelo batter before being perfectly fried. When you're wishing you were at that little oceanside taco shack you visited in Mexico, but instead have to go to work all week -- that's another good time to head here for a quick fix.

Previous Venue Next Venue Venue Description
3. 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.

Previous Venue Next Venue Venue Description
4. 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.

Previous Venue Next Venue Venue Description
5. 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.

Previous Venue Next Venue Venue Description
6. Taqueria Los Barrilitos 3518 W 25th St, Chicago, IL 60623

Little Village's Taqueria Los Barrilitos is one of Chicago's best taco spots; their tacos al pastor are one of the most crave-worthy items in the city. Perfectly seasoned bits of meat get shaved off as you order. Pro tip: Top it with some of their house-made pickled onion with habanero to take it to the next level.

Previous Venue Next Venue Venue Description
7. Tacos Erendira 3207 S Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60608 (Bridgeport Sox)

This is a Chicago favorite that offers mouth watering pork stew, chicken, and steak tacos. Don't miss their salsa either.

Previous Venue Next Venue Venue Description
8. Jarabe Mexican Street Food 2255 W Taylor St, Chicago, IL 60612

Seeking tacos in Tri-Taylor? Head over to Jarabe, the former food truck turned brick and mortar specializing in all things Mexican.

Previous Venue Next Venue Venue Description
9. Jerk Taco Man 4001 W Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL 60624 (Garfield Park)

Jerk Taco Man, the eponymous owner of this shack in West Garfield Park, makes inspired eats that merge his Jamaican heritage and love of Mexican food. These tasty treats bring out the crowds, so beat the rush and pre-order online.

Previous Venue Next Venue Venue Description
10. La Internacional Supermercado 4556 S Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60609 (Back Of The Yards)

Find some of the best grub in Chicago at this neighborhood grocery store which stocks all the basics and hosts a taqueria in the back.

Previous Venue Next Venue Venue Description
11. El Metro 1959 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60622 (West Town)

We could name great unknown taco joints all day long, but our current fave is this new, Mexican street food-themed spot from the two sisters (Betty and Veronica, we kid you not) who run the equally under-appreciated Cafe Gaudi. They’ve got a wider range of tacos than most places, serving up everything from fish tacos to cochinita pibil. They’re all tasty and artfully made, and almost nothing is over three bucks.

Previous Venue Next Venue Venue Description
12. XOCO 449 N Clark, Chicago, IL 60654 (River North)

Conveniently next door to Top Chef master Rick Bayless' upscale Mexican joints Frontera Grill and Topolobampo, XOCO (derived from Mexican slang for "little sister") is a quick-service cafe with communal tables and a central wood burning oven. The aromas of Bayless' take on classic made-to-order south of the border street fare is sure to draw crowds from all over.

Previous Venue Next Venue Venue Description
13. Loncar's Liquors 3201 E 92nd St, Chicago, IL 60617 (South Chicago)

This South Chicago dive slings shots and beers, but we're lining up for their deep fried tacos. Served every Wednesday night, these cheesy, crispy pockets of goodness are worth the trek.

Previous Venue Next Venue Venue Description
14. El Milagro 3050 W 26th St, Chicago, IL 60623

When you’ve had your fill of Los Comales and Big Star, head to Little Village for some uber-authentic Mexican courtesy of the fine folks of El Milagro. And yes, the restaurant is owned by the same people who make those corn tortillas you just bought at the Jewel last week.

Previous Venue Next Venue Venue Description
15. Cemitas Puebla 817 W Fulton Market, Chicago, IL 60607 (West Loop)

This family-owned, West Loop Mexican spot prides itself on specializing in Poblano foods, and being "the only restaurant in Chicago that serves the Cemita sandwich." Owner Tony Anteliz frequently visits Oxaca for authentic Mexican cheese and other goods. He crafts the sandwich with Krakus ham, guajillo-rubbed pork loin, and breaded pork milanesa, all topped with avocado, smoky chipotles, and Oaxacan string cheese. The joint's salsas and chipotles (made in-house) are not to be missed.

Previous Venue Next Venue Venue Description
16. La Cocinita 5801 S Ellis Ave, Chicago, IL 60637 (Hyde Park)

Originally started in New Orleans, this food truck entreprise traffics in highly delicious, customizable Mexican street fare. Build your own meal out of tacos, arepas and burrito bowls, pick a protein and a zesty sauce, and you're set. The truck's location changes weekly, so be sure to check their website before you go.

Previous Venue Next Venue Venue Description
17. Authentaco 1141 N Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60622 (Wicker Park)

With a focus on traditional ingredients, Felipe Caro (of Picante and Delish Diner) brings authentic Mexican fare to Wicker Park at this modern spot on North Ashland.

Previous Venue Next Venue Venue Description
18. Rub's Backcountry Smokehouse 6954 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60645 (West Rogers Park)

You're likely going to want to gather around one of two live-fire barebecue pits when you turn up at this spot. Rest assured your tastebuds will be just as satisfied as your eyes once you sink your teeth into the Saint Louis spare ribs whether or not you opt to go with one of the four house-sauces.

Previous Venue Next Venue Venue Description
19. Carnitas Uruapan 1725 W 18th St, Chicago, IL 60608 (Pilsen)

You can find carnitas at almost every Mexican supermarket and taqueria in town, but when you want the real thing, head over to Pilsen and enjoying them at this family-owned spot that has basically nothing else on their menu.

Previous Venue Next Venue Venue Description
20. BIG & little's 860 N Orleans St, Chicago, IL 60610 (Near North Side)

BIG & little's is Chicago's one-stop wonder for fish 'n chips. There are also po'boys, truffle fries, burgers, and.... need we keep going? Just get there.

Previous Venue Next Venue Venue Description
21. Nuevo Leon Restaurant 1515 W 18th St, Chicago, IL 60608 (Pilsen)

Nuevo Leon is legit, authentic Mexican that has a stellar menu and impressive service.

Previous Venue Next Venue Venue Description
22. Rocky's Tacos 7043 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60626

The specialty tacos from this torta-driven spot can be quite satisfying... if you're even feeling up to the challenge. Steak, bacon, and ham sit atop a literal bed of cheese, joined by grilled onions and cactus. You'll get this served in platter form ($10) with rice and beans, plus tortillas on the side.

Previous Venue Next Venue Venue Description
23. El Carrito 6019 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60659 (West Rogers Park)

This restaurant serves up no-frills, made-to-order Mexican street food. The menu includes carne asada tacos, chicken flautas, elotes in a cup, and you-gotta’-try-‘em thick-cut mole fries.

Previous Venue Next Venue Venue Description
24. Taqueria Mazamitla 3610 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60618 (Avondale)

This authentic hole in the wall in Avondale serves up super fresh OG Mexican delicacies for dinner and lunch.

Previous Venue Next Venue Venue Description
25. L'Patron Tacos 3749 W Fullerton Ave, Chicago, IL 60647 (Logan Square)

If you thought you could only get decent Mexican street food south of the border, think again – for Chicagoans, it’s as easy as a trip to Logan Square. The market-driven menu at L’Patron includes highlights like carne asada and the signature la gringa, a tortilla with al pastor, Chihuahua cheese, pineapple, and a side of rice and beans. While seating is available, this counter-service taqueria is a lunch hotspot, so get there early to snag a seat and chow down.

Previous Venue Next Venue Venue Description
26. Mario's Tacos 4540 W 63rd St, Chicago, IL 60629

Meat is king at Mario's, a West Lawn neighborhood taco spot. Try the Al pastor tacos (named one of Chicago Tribune's best), or swap out for carne asada or chorizo...the options are endless.

Previous Venue Next Venue Venue Description
27. Taco Joint 1969 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614 (Lincoln Park)

This Lincoln Park joint serves up regional Mexican street fare and you can bet your taco-stuffing-face that includes elotes (Mex corn), ceviche, papas con chorizo, and guac.

Previous Venue Next Venue Venue Description
28. La Chaparrita Taqueria 2500 S Whipple St, Chicago, IL 60623

Make a visit to Little Village to check out this corner grocery which serves some seriously bomb tacos and tortas. The fresh juice drinks are also on point.

Previous Venue Next Venue Venue Description
29. Tacos Tequilas 2919 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60618 (Logan Square)

This Logan Square eatery is run by folks who've been in the business for more than 20 years, and that's reflected in their flavorful and festive eats. If that doesn't sell you, then just consider you can get yourself one of their terrific tacos for only three bucks.

Previous Venue Next Venue Venue Description
30. Antique Taco 1360 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60622 (Wicker Park)

Antique Taco's a brick-n-mortar mash-up of an upscale taqueria and a Cracker Barrel, sporting barnwood tables, mismatched china and, of course, for-sale antiques ranging from glassware to old Jays potato chip tins. The fare includes housemade tortillas with Slagel Farm ribeye and boozy agua fresca.

Previous Venue Next Venue Venue Description
31. Birrieria Zaragoza 4852 S Pulaski Rd, Chicago, IL 60632 (South Chicago)

This cozy South Side counter-serve is owned by a friendly family that's bringing Chicago a beloved regional specialty from Jalisco, Mexico: spicy, braised goat, or "birria." The grass-fed, locally sourced goat is the one and only meat you'll find in this unfussy, orange-accented space, where it's served in tacos, quesadillas, and by-the-pound. The move is to order a large plate of birria, swimming in a tomato-based consomme and served with freshly made tortillas and hot fire-roasted salsa on the side.

Previous Venue Next Venue Venue Description
32. La Cecina 1934 W 47th St, Chicago, IL 60609

The crispy tripe tacos at La Cecina are of Chicago legend. Add some guac and get ready to chow down on some truly authentic Mexican fare.

Previous Venue Next Venue Venue Description
33. Buzz Bait Taqueria 1529 N. Wells St. , Chicago, IL 60610 (Old Town)

Fish tacos are having an extended moment at this Old Town spot, courtesy of the people from Lou Malnati's pizza and Kamehachi. With half a dozen different varieties and beachy décor, you might forget you're in the Midwest.

Previous Venue Next Venue Venue Description
34. Takito Kitchen 2013 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60622

A small plate taqueria from a Carnivale vet (no, not Nick Stahl) putting a contemporary twist on Latin fare, Takito Kitchen makes good use of the gutted car wash space that most recently housed Sabor Saveur, with exposed pipes and distressed cedar lining the narrow corridor leading to a skylit back room decked with a graffiti mural touting the resto's name.

Previous Venue Next Venue Venue Description
35. Los Gamas Tortilleria Y Restaurante 3333 W Armitage, Chicago, 60647 (Logan Square)

This Mexican resto may not have frills, but their simple menu can't be beat when it comes to cost and taste. Your choices are pretty much limited to tacos, tamales, sopes, picadas, burritos, tortas, quesadillas, and enchiladas, but that's all you need here.

Previous Venue Next Venue Venue Description
36. La Principal 700 Main St, Evanston, IL 60202 (Evanston)

Elevated street food is the name of the game at this trendy Evanston resto/art gallery. Try the sinfully sweet churros for dessert.

Previous Venue Next Venue Venue Description
37. Taqueria Tayahua 2411 S Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60608 (Pilsen)

At this no-frills Pilsen haunt, flavor comes through in the form of expertly cooked grilled meats-- try the al carbon. Vegetarians need not feel left out, as the mushroom quesadilla is equally complex.

Previous Venue Next Venue Venue Description
38. Carniceria Aguascalientes 3132 W 26th St, Chicago, IL 60623 (South Chicago)

Here's another dope neighborhood taco spot to add to your South Side "to eat" list: Carniceria Aguascalientes, which specializes in al pastor and chicharron (pork skin) tacos, all on housemade tortillas.

Previous Venue Next Venue Venue Description
39. Del Seoul 2568 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60614 (Lincoln Park)

Inspired by the Korean taco craze that's become a food truck staple across the land, DS is bringing that street ethos to a takeout-focused brick 'n mortar joint covered in food cart-esque sheet metal and three flat-screens touting the menu, so finally TVs'll actually help you stuff your face in front of them.

Previous Venue Next Venue Venue Description
40. La Quebrada 5100 S California Ave, Chicago, IL 60632

This casual Mom & Pop spot serves three square meals: huevos rancheros for breakfast, tostadas at lunch, carne asada for dinner? Not a bad day.

Clickbait