Top Choice Mexican in Near North & Navy Pier

Topolobampo/Frontera Grill

You’ve probably seen chef-owner Rick Bayless on TV, stirring up pepper sauces and other jump-off-the-tongue Mexican creations. His isn’t your typical taco menu: Bayless uses seasonal, sustainable ingredients for his…
Mexican in Near North & Navy Pier


At celeb-chef Rick Bayless’ Mexican street-food restaurant (pronounced ‘show-co’) everything is sourced from local small farms. Crunch into warm churros (spiraled dough fritters) with chili-spiked hot chocolate for …
Mexican in Wicker Park, Bucktown & Ukrainian Village

Big Star

Once a filling station, now a taco-serving honky-tonk bar helmed by big-name Chicago chef Paul Kahan. So goes gentrification in Wicker Park. The place gets packed, but damn, those tacos are worth the wait – pork bel…
Mexican in Near West Side & Pilsen

Don Pedro Carnitas

At this no-frills meat den, a man with a machete salutes you at the front counter. He awaits your command to hack off pork pieces and then wraps the thick chunks with onion and cilantro in a fresh tortilla. You then…
Mexican in Wicker Park, Bucktown & Ukrainian Village


Think you’ve had a good breakfast burrito before? Not until you’ve eaten here. The Southwestern-bent dishes and jovial staff draw hordes of late-rising neighborhood hipsters on the weekend. Tart, potent margaritas a…
Mexican in Logan Square & Humboldt Park


Logan Square’s Quiote, named after the flowering stalk of an agave plant, is something of an Oaxacan wonderland: part cafe/casual lunch counter, serving up tacos, tortas and salads; part sit-down dining room, featur…
Mexican in Wicker Park, Bucktown & Ukrainian Village


Weighing in at more than a pound, the carne asada (steak) burrito with cheese is not just one of the city’s best food values, it’s one of the city’s best foods. Add the optional avocado and you’ll have a full day’s …
Mexican in Wicker Park, Bucktown & Ukrainian Village

La Pasadita

The national press crowned La Pasadita's burrito as one of America's 10 best. They are absolutely behemoth and delicious. But cheapos prefer the tacos; you can make a meal on two fat ones, plus get a drink and baske…
Mexican in Lake View & Wrigleyville

Chilam Balam

The chef is only in her 20s, but she has already apprenticed under Rick Bayless and brought his ‘farm to table’ philosophy to this vibrant brick-and-Spanish-tile eatery, which sits below street level. The close-set …
Mexican in Wicker Park, Bucktown & Ukrainian Village

Lazo’s Tacos

The quintessential taco stop after a long night of drinking.