This fun, honky tonk-style taqueria in the Windy City’s Wicker Park neighborhood couldn’t be more serious about its tacos, and it shows: its al pastor variety is a thing of pure beauty. Marinated pork shoulder is roasted to crackling on a spit, then carved into tortillas and topped with grilled pineapple and onions, plus plenty of fresh cilantro.
|Venue name:||Big Star|
1531 N Damen Ave
|Cross street:||between Wicker Park and Milwaukee Aves|
|Opening hours:||Sun–Fri 11:30am–2am; Sat 11:30am–3am|
|Transport:||El stop: Blue to Damen. Bus: 50, 56, 72.|
|Price:||Average taco: $3|
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Average User Rating
4.6 / 5
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Best tacos, margaritas and atmosphere in the area! Great music and place to socialize over drinks and soak up the neighborhood vibes.
Growing up on the Southwest side I had my fair share of authentic Mexican tacos but Big Star is at the top. The best El Pastor I've ever had. Fish tacos that are flavorful and don't skimp on the fish. A new classic with the Walking Taco. The classic tasting Margaritas are perfect for a hot summer day. Fresh fried tortilla chips. Anything you get is done great.
I don't know why I hadn't gone here sooner but easily the best Mexican restaurant in Chicago. It's not expensive but I suggest getting at least 4 or 5 tacos because they are small.
Big Star is and oldie, but too good to pass up on a balmy summer afternoon. Easily the most magical patio in the city.
Big Star will never get old. You could sit on that patio for hours (many people do), and just people-watch and keep pouring the margaritas. I also love this place because you can get tacos of all kinds (tacos in bags! spicy potato tacos!), which is important to me as a somewhat picky vegetarian. Big Star also has a walk-up window on the other side, so you can grab and go.