1. Chicago has the second largest Mexican population in the country after LA
Chicago’s reputation as the Second City doesn’t just stem from its rivalry with New York. Chicago is also the second city when it comes to Mexican migration to the United States, with 677,000 Mexican-born immigrants giving it the second-largest Mexican-born population in the country outside of LA. While this is no surprise to anyone with even a cursory familiarity with many of the city’s Southwest and Northwest Side neighborhoods, it totally IS a surprise to everyone outside the city. And with this proud second place title come the authentic recipes, experience, and dedication it takes to make the perfect taco amidst hundreds of taquerias in storefronts, trucks, supermercados, and stands across the city.