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Where to Get Taco Tuesday To-Go in Chicago

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If the days of the week have started to blend together for you, you’re not alone. Without regular schedules to give us structure, many of us are constantly checking our calendars to know whether it’s Sunday or Thursday. But the one day you should never forget? Taco Tuesday. Since we’re adhering to local social distancing guidelines, we’re not spending much time inside of our favorite Mexican restaurants, but that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate the best day of the week at home with tacos and Tequila Cazadores cocktails. Even better, Chicago rules recently changed to allow for to-go drinks, meaning you can still get your margarita fix on your own porch. Read on for some of the best spots for takeout and delivery tacos, drinks, guac, and more — and if you need inspiration for at-home cocktails, check out some of our favorite takes on the margarita.

Be sure to check these bars and restaurants before you go, as they continue to adapt to changing regulations.

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1. Barcocina

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2901 N Sheffield Ave
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 687-9949
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Looking for something new in Lakeview? The tacos at Barcocina might be a little different than what you’re used to. The restaurant’s updated spin on traditional taco recipes means there’s always going to be something new and exciting for you to try out, and who doesn’t need a little excitement right now? We recommend the bang-bang shrimp tacos, and the braised brisket with guajillo marinade is always a crowd pleaser. Round out your at-home Taco Tuesday menu with some crispy yucca tots and you’ll be good to go.

Three tacos on a plate. Courtesy of Barcocina.

2. Adobe Gilas

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5455 Park Pl #2
Rosemont, IL 60018
(847) 233-0080
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Adobe Gilas has it all. Fishbowls full of bright blue cocktails? Check. Garlic-parm “lizard legs,” aka chicken wings? Absolutely. Housemade guacamole and fresh tortilla chips? You betcha. This is where to come for Taco Tuesday if you’re looking for generous portions, big flavors, and a little dose of nostalgia for when you used to go out to dinner before a high school dance. Just embrace the cheese (in all senses) and make sure you reheat your queso fundido when you get it home for maximum meltiness. 

3. Pink Taco

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431 N Wells St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 212-5566
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This West Coast chain with a cheeky name is a favorite for Taco Tuesday practitioners in River North. Fresh, local ingredients are the name of the game at Pink Taco, and the menu is refreshingly free of complications, with tried-and-true combos like the al pastor, with marinated pork shoulder and pineapple-serrano salsa, and the fried lobster with chipotle mayo. And when you’re ready to do in-person dining again, don’t miss the Cock Fight cocktail, made with Cazadores tequila, tangerine, and cucumber.

Four plates of tacos on a table. Courtesy of Pink Taco.

4. Park & Field

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3509 W Fullerton Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 360-7373
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People love Park & Field for its retro vibes (it was built in a century-old garage, complete with huge retractable doors) and its enormous selection of activities like bocce ball and movie screenings. Lately, however, people love it for the delicious food that’s available for all of your at-home dining needs. If you’re doing delivery on Taco Tuesday, don’t miss out on the taquitos de papa, which are crispy little rolls of potatoes, chorizo, chihuahua cheese, and chile de arbol salsa. 

5. Firewater Saloon - Edison Park

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6689 N Oliphant Ave
Chicago, IL 60631
(773) 631-0020
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If not everyone in your household is on board for Taco Tuesday (though that seems unlikely), then Edison Park’s Firewater Saloon is the perfect spot. In addition to a stable of classic tacos like steak with onion, cilantro, and lime, they also have a full menu of other Southern specialties, including po’ boys and buttermilk fried chicken. The top-notch drink menu includes cocktails like the Ruby Red Margarita, made with Cazadores Reposado and grapefruit juice. And should you top things off with the DIY s’mores kit for dessert? Absolutely. 

6. Barrio

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65 W Kinzie St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 940-9900
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Another River North rockstar, Barrio is a joint venture between buzzy chef Katsuji Tanabe and DineAmic Hospitality, whose Italian restaurant Siena Tavern is a mainstay in the area. Tacos are fresh and creative, using a wide array of colorful ingredients and served on hand-pressed heirloom corn tortillas. Don’t miss the truffle mushroom tacos or the crispy fish tacos, served with a mango-red onion relish. Ready for a drink? Ask for a flight of Cazadores tequila — they serve Cazadores Anejo, Reposado, and Blanco.

Two people clinking cocktail glasses over plates of tacos. Courtesy of Barrio.

7. Sammy’s 

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1354 Lake St
Roselle, IL 60172
(847) 764-8181
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Sammy’s features south-of-the-border cuisine done with love and care, from the Oaxacan-style green mole to the juicy cochinita pibil. Of course, we’re here to talk about Taco Tuesday, so we can’t leave out the expansive menu of items that come tucked into tortillas. Options span the many styles of Mexican cooking, with Vallarta-style fried fish tacos next to the lean skirt steak variation found in Jalisco. As for their drink menu? We suggest the roasted pineapple margarita, made with Cazadores Reposado and a chili rim, but with a menu like this, it’s hard to go wrong. 

8. Black Door Pub

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255 E Indian Trail Rd
Aurora, IL 60505
(630) 264-5022
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Yes, Black Door might be best known for its scantily-clad bottle service staff and thumping music, but since we’re not going clubbing any time soon, all we’ve got to go on is the food. Don’t worry, though, because the menu is as excellent as the tequila shots are cold. Order some chicken, shrimp, or Baja fish tacos, and round out the meal with their quesadillas or nachos, made with freshly fried tortilla chips. Turn off the lights, blast some music, and pretend you haven’t been eating every meal in your living room for the past four months. 

9. Timothy O'Toole's Pub

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622 N Fairbanks Ct
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 642-0700
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Although it’s an Irish pub, Timothy O’Toole’s has an extensive, globetrotting menu, meaning that while you chow down on some Baja tacos with beer-battered fish and jalapeno aioli, your buddies can satisfy their own international cravings with baked mostaccioli or fish and chips. Grab their chocolate brownie deluxe dessert, with vanilla ice cream, chocolate sauce, and caramel sauce, and you’re in for a great night. 

A platter of tacos next to a container of salsa. Courtesy of Timothy O’Toole’s Pub.

10. Al Chile Mexican Grill

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8123 S Cass Ave
Darien, IL 60561
(630) 541-3785
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Al Chile is where you want to order if you’re craving a straightforward menu of Mexican classics, executed perfectly, and delivered straight to your front door. Everything is made from scratch using the freshest ingredients, so when you take a bite of your grilled tilapia taco, you know it’s going to be exceptional. The portions are generous, so place your order and get ready to dig in.

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1. Barcocina

2901 N Sheffield Ave, Chicago, IL 60657
Three tacos on a plate. Courtesy of Barcocina.

Looking for something new in Lakeview? The tacos at Barcocina might be a little different than what you’re used to. The restaurant’s updated spin on traditional taco recipes means there’s always going to be something new and exciting for you to try out, and who doesn’t need a little excitement right now? We recommend the bang-bang shrimp tacos, and the braised brisket with guajillo marinade is always a crowd pleaser. Round out your at-home Taco Tuesday menu with some crispy yucca tots and you’ll be good to go.

2901 N Sheffield Ave
Chicago, IL 60657

2. Adobe Gilas

5455 Park Pl #2, Rosemont, IL 60018

Adobe Gilas has it all. Fishbowls full of bright blue cocktails? Check. Garlic-parm “lizard legs,” aka chicken wings? Absolutely. Housemade guacamole and fresh tortilla chips? You betcha. This is where to come for Taco Tuesday if you’re looking for generous portions, big flavors, and a little dose of nostalgia for when you used to go out to dinner before a high school dance. Just embrace the cheese (in all senses) and make sure you reheat your queso fundido when you get it home for maximum meltiness. 

5455 Park Pl #2
Rosemont, IL 60018

3. Pink Taco

431 N Wells St, Chicago, IL 60654
Four plates of tacos on a table. Courtesy of Pink Taco.

This West Coast chain with a cheeky name is a favorite for Taco Tuesday practitioners in River North. Fresh, local ingredients are the name of the game at Pink Taco, and the menu is refreshingly free of complications, with tried-and-true combos like the al pastor, with marinated pork shoulder and pineapple-serrano salsa, and the fried lobster with chipotle mayo. And when you’re ready to do in-person dining again, don’t miss the Cock Fight cocktail, made with Cazadores tequila, tangerine, and cucumber.

431 N Wells St
Chicago, IL 60654

4. Park & Field

3509 W Fullerton Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

People love Park & Field for its retro vibes (it was built in a century-old garage, complete with huge retractable doors) and its enormous selection of activities like bocce ball and movie screenings. Lately, however, people love it for the delicious food that’s available for all of your at-home dining needs. If you’re doing delivery on Taco Tuesday, don’t miss out on the taquitos de papa, which are crispy little rolls of potatoes, chorizo, chihuahua cheese, and chile de arbol salsa. 

3509 W Fullerton Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

5. Firewater Saloon - Edison Park

6689 N Oliphant Ave, Chicago, IL 60631

If not everyone in your household is on board for Taco Tuesday (though that seems unlikely), then Edison Park’s Firewater Saloon is the perfect spot. In addition to a stable of classic tacos like steak with onion, cilantro, and lime, they also have a full menu of other Southern specialties, including po’ boys and buttermilk fried chicken. The top-notch drink menu includes cocktails like the Ruby Red Margarita, made with Cazadores Reposado and grapefruit juice. And should you top things off with the DIY s’mores kit for dessert? Absolutely. 

6689 N Oliphant Ave
Chicago, IL 60631

6. Barrio

65 W Kinzie St, Chicago, IL 60654
Two people clinking cocktail glasses over plates of tacos. Courtesy of Barrio.

Another River North rockstar, Barrio is a joint venture between buzzy chef Katsuji Tanabe and DineAmic Hospitality, whose Italian restaurant Siena Tavern is a mainstay in the area. Tacos are fresh and creative, using a wide array of colorful ingredients and served on hand-pressed heirloom corn tortillas. Don’t miss the truffle mushroom tacos or the crispy fish tacos, served with a mango-red onion relish. Ready for a drink? Ask for a flight of Cazadores tequila — they serve Cazadores Anejo, Reposado, and Blanco.

65 W Kinzie St
Chicago, IL 60654

7. Sammy’s 

1354 Lake St, Roselle, IL 60172

Sammy’s features south-of-the-border cuisine done with love and care, from the Oaxacan-style green mole to the juicy cochinita pibil. Of course, we’re here to talk about Taco Tuesday, so we can’t leave out the expansive menu of items that come tucked into tortillas. Options span the many styles of Mexican cooking, with Vallarta-style fried fish tacos next to the lean skirt steak variation found in Jalisco. As for their drink menu? We suggest the roasted pineapple margarita, made with Cazadores Reposado and a chili rim, but with a menu like this, it’s hard to go wrong. 

1354 Lake St
Roselle, IL 60172

8. Black Door Pub

255 E Indian Trail Rd, Aurora, IL 60505

Yes, Black Door might be best known for its scantily-clad bottle service staff and thumping music, but since we’re not going clubbing any time soon, all we’ve got to go on is the food. Don’t worry, though, because the menu is as excellent as the tequila shots are cold. Order some chicken, shrimp, or Baja fish tacos, and round out the meal with their quesadillas or nachos, made with freshly fried tortilla chips. Turn off the lights, blast some music, and pretend you haven’t been eating every meal in your living room for the past four months. 

255 E Indian Trail Rd
Aurora, IL 60505

9. Timothy O'Toole's Pub

622 N Fairbanks Ct, Chicago, IL 60611
A platter of tacos next to a container of salsa. Courtesy of Timothy O’Toole’s Pub.

Although it’s an Irish pub, Timothy O’Toole’s has an extensive, globetrotting menu, meaning that while you chow down on some Baja tacos with beer-battered fish and jalapeno aioli, your buddies can satisfy their own international cravings with baked mostaccioli or fish and chips. Grab their chocolate brownie deluxe dessert, with vanilla ice cream, chocolate sauce, and caramel sauce, and you’re in for a great night. 

622 N Fairbanks Ct
Chicago, IL 60611

10. Al Chile Mexican Grill

8123 S Cass Ave, Darien, IL 60561

Al Chile is where you want to order if you’re craving a straightforward menu of Mexican classics, executed perfectly, and delivered straight to your front door. Everything is made from scratch using the freshest ingredients, so when you take a bite of your grilled tilapia taco, you know it’s going to be exceptional. The portions are generous, so place your order and get ready to dig in.

8123 S Cass Ave
Darien, IL 60561

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