Though you can find carnitas on many taqueria menus, we prefer restaurants that stake their reputation on the quality of their deep-fried pork. Plus, this mostly ensures that no matter when you go, you’ll get meat straight out of the lard bath. That’s always the case at Carnitas Uruapan, which serves richly fatty and crispy pork with all the salsas and sides you could want.
Tacos never go out of style in Chicago—we like 'em swaddled in warm, handmade tortillas and packed with proteins and toppings. And don't forget the salsa! We searched high and low for the best tacos in Chicago and found amazing options originating from tiny taquerias, fancy Mexican restaurants and even a fake food truck. The list covers all of your taco cravings, including classic carne asada, crispy fish, trendy birria and vegetarian-friendly options. Some are even served at restaurants that offer outdoor dining, allowing you to enjoy a handheld meal under the sun. Check out the 25 best tacos in Chicago—and get to work.
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