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The Best Taco Tuesday (and Tequila) Spots in Chicago

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Starting a new week can be stressful, and sometimes you need a little extra help to make it to Hump Day. Enter Taco Tuesday. Few can resist the call of tortillas stuffed with tasty fillings, and it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Chicago has an abundance of great taco spots. Whether you’re looking for a classic bite topped with onion and cilantro or a less traditional option like barbecued jackfruit, these restaurants are some of the best places to do Taco Tuesday right — margaritas included.

And if you need another reason to make it a Taco Tuesday, we have even more incentive for you: exclusive Tequila Cazadores cocktails at some of your favorite local haunts. Keep reading to find which of your favorite bars and restaurants are serving up specials this summer to commemorate Taco Tuesday...or Wednesday or Thursday, in Chicago.

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1. Barrio

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65 W Kinzie St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 940-9900
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If you’re looking for boring, stay far away from Barrio, chef Katsuji Tanabe’s sprawling River North hotspot. Tanabe grew up in Mexico City and incorporates the techniques and flavors from his childhood into the creative, wide-ranging menu, much of which is locally sourced and sustainable. Many of the tacos highlight traditional Mexican ingredients with a twist, like the charred pork belly with cucumber slaw and chipotle-sesame aioli. Even Barrio’s “Gringo” taco is exciting, with housemade chorizo and garlic crema. There’s also an extensive cocktail menu designed to complement the complex flavors of the food.

The Tequila Cazadores-exclusive cocktail to order: Lychee Lemon Margarita

This is no ordinary margarita. In this cocktail, Barrio swaps in traditional sour mix for lychee and lemon, with a dash of sauvignon blanc with Tequila Cazadores Blanco. The real kicker, though, is the black lava salt on the rim.

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2. Su Casa Mexican Restaurant

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49 E Ontario St
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 943-4041
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Su Casa is a bit of an enigma. The bright yellow 19th-century building is out of place among the sleek River North skyscrapers and high-rises. The sign on the front reads “MEXICAN RISTORANTE,” despite that not being the Spanish word for “restaurant.” It’s mysteriously connected to Pizzeria Uno (turns out, it was opened by the person who started Uno’s, who was from Texas). But somehow it works for this neighborhood favorite, which has been serving Tex-Mex classics since 1963. There’s no shortage of tacos, burritos and guacamole, and the margaritas and Palomas are flowing. Skip the chain restaurants that crowd the area and settle in for a fun downtown Taco Tuesday experience.

3. Barcocina

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2901 N Sheffield Ave
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 687-9949
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Lakeview’s Barcocina knows that there’s nothing better than Chicago in the summer, and it takes full advantage of patio season by opening its huge, garage-style windows the minute the weather gets warm. The menu here is more fusion than traditional: Greek chicken tacos are topped with feta and cucumber and yucca tots combine Latin-American ingredients with American comfort food. Along with its draft cocktail program, Barcocina has a range of specialty drinks, including the guest favorite House Fire, made with jalapeno-infused tequila.

The Tequila Cazadores-exclusive cocktail to order: The Amalfi Coast

Italian meets Mexican meets beachside in this cocktail recipe, and we couldn’t be more intrigued. Barcocina mixes its serano-infused Tequila Cazadores Blanco with watermelon juice, lime juice, and rosemary simple syrup for a refreshing libation. You may just need to book your next flight to the Amalfi Coast after a sip of this aperatif.

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4. Logan Bar

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2230 N California Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 252-1110
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If you have one of those strange friends that isn’t in the mood for tacos, then Logan Bar is the perfect compromise. The menu encompasses a wide range of bar food, from flatbreads to salads to, of course, tacos. Logan Bar does them Baja-style, with crispy battered whitefish, chipotle aioli, and fresh mango salsa to add some brightness. There’s a range of cocktails, including a spicy margarita. Plus the location, right off the California Blue Line is convenient, and the rotating monthly art installations keep things interesting.

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5. Park & Field

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3509 W Fullerton Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 360-7373
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When it comes to patio season, Park & Field doesn’t mess around. With more than 6,000 square feet of outdoor space, this Logan Square spot is the perfect place to bring a group. Play bocce ball or cornhole, watch a movie on their projector wall, or just hang out by one of the fire pits. Guests love the taquitos de carnitas, which have roasted pork, chihuahua cheese, and smoky chile de arbol salsa, and if you’re thirsty after doing something mildly athletic, the cocktail selection is top notch.

The Tequila Cazadores-exclusive cocktail to order: The Body Blow

Why yes, that is a gummy shark floating in your cocktail — what are you waiting for? Try the blue-hued Body Blow, made with Tequila Cazadores Blanco and spicy Ancho Verde liqueur. Dare we say this may be the most ‘gram-worthy cocktail of the summer.

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6. Adobe Gilas

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5455 Park Pl #2
Rosemont, IL 60018
(847) 233-0080
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It’s a bold marketing strategy to make the tagline of your restaurant “This place bites!” but it seems to have been working for Adobe Gila’s. This place is all about the experience: The music is loud, the drinks are served in goblets the size of your head, and the logo includes a lizard wearing a sombrero drinking a margarita. Menu options are firmly in the Americanized category, with a range of tacos and “Lizard Legs,” which are their take on buffalo wings.

7. Sammy's Mexican Grill and Bar

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1354 Lake St
Roselle, IL 60172
(847) 764-8181
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Who says you have to go into the city for great Mexican food? They’ve clearly never been to Sammy’s. With two locations in the Western suburbs, this menu is not joking around when it comes to its dishes. Sure there are some gringo options like the burger, but most of the menu is straight from south of the border. The cochinita pibil tacos are piled high with slow-braised pork, pickled red onions, and habanero hot sauce, and the red mole hits the perfect balance of earthy and smoky. The margarita menu is vast, and you can’t go wrong with the roasted pineapple margarita with Cazadores Reposado tequila, fresh lime, agave, and a hint of chile on the rim.

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8. Black Door Pub

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255 E Indian Trail Rd
Aurora, IL 60505
(630) 264-5022
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A word of warning: Black Door Pub is not where you want to go if you have to wake up early on Wednesday. It’s dark, loud, and prone to bottle service, with a surprisingly solid menu of Mexican food options including nachos, loaded carne asada fries, and steak quesadillas. Tuesdays are also Total Request Live nights, meaning you can request any music video from the ’80s, ’90s or ’00s to have the DJ play it on-screen. Looking for a lit Taco Tuesday? This is the place to be.

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1. Barrio

65 W Kinzie St, Chicago, IL 60654
Noah Fecks

If you’re looking for boring, stay far away from Barrio, chef Katsuji Tanabe’s sprawling River North hotspot. Tanabe grew up in Mexico City and incorporates the techniques and flavors from his childhood into the creative, wide-ranging menu, much of which is locally sourced and sustainable. Many of the tacos highlight traditional Mexican ingredients with a twist, like the charred pork belly with cucumber slaw and chipotle-sesame aioli. Even Barrio’s “Gringo” taco is exciting, with housemade chorizo and garlic crema. There’s also an extensive cocktail menu designed to complement the complex flavors of the food.

The Tequila Cazadores-exclusive cocktail to order: Lychee Lemon Margarita

This is no ordinary margarita. In this cocktail, Barrio swaps in traditional sour mix for lychee and lemon, with a dash of sauvignon blanc with Tequila Cazadores Blanco. The real kicker, though, is the black lava salt on the rim.

65 W Kinzie St
Chicago, IL 60654

2. Su Casa Mexican Restaurant

49 E Ontario St, Chicago, IL 60611

Su Casa is a bit of an enigma. The bright yellow 19th-century building is out of place among the sleek River North skyscrapers and high-rises. The sign on the front reads “MEXICAN RISTORANTE,” despite that not being the Spanish word for “restaurant.” It’s mysteriously connected to Pizzeria Uno (turns out, it was opened by the person who started Uno’s, who was from Texas). But somehow it works for this neighborhood favorite, which has been serving Tex-Mex classics since 1963. There’s no shortage of tacos, burritos and guacamole, and the margaritas and Palomas are flowing. Skip the chain restaurants that crowd the area and settle in for a fun downtown Taco Tuesday experience.

49 E Ontario St
Chicago, IL 60611

3. Barcocina

2901 N Sheffield Ave, Chicago, IL 60657
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Lakeview’s Barcocina knows that there’s nothing better than Chicago in the summer, and it takes full advantage of patio season by opening its huge, garage-style windows the minute the weather gets warm. The menu here is more fusion than traditional: Greek chicken tacos are topped with feta and cucumber and yucca tots combine Latin-American ingredients with American comfort food. Along with its draft cocktail program, Barcocina has a range of specialty drinks, including the guest favorite House Fire, made with jalapeno-infused tequila.

The Tequila Cazadores-exclusive cocktail to order: The Amalfi Coast

Italian meets Mexican meets beachside in this cocktail recipe, and we couldn’t be more intrigued. Barcocina mixes its serano-infused Tequila Cazadores Blanco with watermelon juice, lime juice, and rosemary simple syrup for a refreshing libation. You may just need to book your next flight to the Amalfi Coast after a sip of this aperatif.

2901 N Sheffield Ave
Chicago, IL 60657

4. Logan Bar

2230 N California Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
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If you have one of those strange friends that isn’t in the mood for tacos, then Logan Bar is the perfect compromise. The menu encompasses a wide range of bar food, from flatbreads to salads to, of course, tacos. Logan Bar does them Baja-style, with crispy battered whitefish, chipotle aioli, and fresh mango salsa to add some brightness. There’s a range of cocktails, including a spicy margarita. Plus the location, right off the California Blue Line is convenient, and the rotating monthly art installations keep things interesting.

2230 N California Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

5. Park & Field

3509 W Fullerton Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
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When it comes to patio season, Park & Field doesn’t mess around. With more than 6,000 square feet of outdoor space, this Logan Square spot is the perfect place to bring a group. Play bocce ball or cornhole, watch a movie on their projector wall, or just hang out by one of the fire pits. Guests love the taquitos de carnitas, which have roasted pork, chihuahua cheese, and smoky chile de arbol salsa, and if you’re thirsty after doing something mildly athletic, the cocktail selection is top notch.

The Tequila Cazadores-exclusive cocktail to order: The Body Blow

Why yes, that is a gummy shark floating in your cocktail — what are you waiting for? Try the blue-hued Body Blow, made with Tequila Cazadores Blanco and spicy Ancho Verde liqueur. Dare we say this may be the most ‘gram-worthy cocktail of the summer.

3509 W Fullerton Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

6. Adobe Gilas

5455 Park Pl #2, Rosemont, IL 60018

It’s a bold marketing strategy to make the tagline of your restaurant “This place bites!” but it seems to have been working for Adobe Gila’s. This place is all about the experience: The music is loud, the drinks are served in goblets the size of your head, and the logo includes a lizard wearing a sombrero drinking a margarita. Menu options are firmly in the Americanized category, with a range of tacos and “Lizard Legs,” which are their take on buffalo wings.

5455 Park Pl #2
Rosemont, IL 60018

7. Sammy's Mexican Grill and Bar

1354 Lake St, Roselle, IL 60172
Courtesy of Sammy’s Mexican Grill and Bar

Who says you have to go into the city for great Mexican food? They’ve clearly never been to Sammy’s. With two locations in the Western suburbs, this menu is not joking around when it comes to its dishes. Sure there are some gringo options like the burger, but most of the menu is straight from south of the border. The cochinita pibil tacos are piled high with slow-braised pork, pickled red onions, and habanero hot sauce, and the red mole hits the perfect balance of earthy and smoky. The margarita menu is vast, and you can’t go wrong with the roasted pineapple margarita with Cazadores Reposado tequila, fresh lime, agave, and a hint of chile on the rim.

1354 Lake St
Roselle, IL 60172

8. Black Door Pub

255 E Indian Trail Rd, Aurora, IL 60505

A word of warning: Black Door Pub is not where you want to go if you have to wake up early on Wednesday. It’s dark, loud, and prone to bottle service, with a surprisingly solid menu of Mexican food options including nachos, loaded carne asada fries, and steak quesadillas. Tuesdays are also Total Request Live nights, meaning you can request any music video from the ’80s, ’90s or ’00s to have the DJ play it on-screen. Looking for a lit Taco Tuesday? This is the place to be.

255 E Indian Trail Rd
Aurora, IL 60505

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