Big Star

Mexican in Wicker Park, Bucktown & Ukrainian Village

Image by Laura Pearson Lonely Planet

This former gas station is now a taco-serving honky-tonk bar from big-name Chicago chef Paul Kahan. The place gets packed but it's worth the wait – pork belly in tomato-guajillo chili sauce and mole-spiced carrots drizzled with date-infused yogurt accompany the whiskey- and agave-based cocktail list. Vegan options available. If the table-studded patio is too crowded, order from the walk-up window.