Big Star

1531 N Damen Ave (btwn W Pierce Ave & N Wicker Pk Ave), Chicago, IL 60622, United States
Closed until 11:30 AM (Show more)
  • Mon–Fri, Sun
    • 11:30 AM–2:00 AM
  • Sat
    • 11:30 AM–3:00 AM
$ $ $ $
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Happy Hour
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. American Express)
Outdoor Seating:

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  • bourbon
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  • Time Out Chicago

    Try this: The pork belly tacos get the attention, but we love the queso fundido.

    Time Out Chicago · April 8, 2010
  • Bon Appetit Magazine

    You can't beat Paul Kahan's Wicker Park hot spot. Tacos stuffed with lamb shoulder, pork belly, and non-gringo ingredients like beef heart are only a few bucks. Read more

    Bon Appetit Magazine · September 20, 2010
  • Eater

    Where else can you get a beer, a taco and a shot of whisky for under $10? Leave it to Blackbird exec chef Paul Kahan to make it happen. [Eater 38 Member] Read more

    Eater · January 12, 2011
  • Time Out Chicago

    Try the michelada from our 100 Best list: We know it contains Tecate, Cholula and Valentina hot sauces, and Maggi. Oh, and we’re certain it's delicious, alleviates hangovers & might just cure cancer.

    Time Out Chicago · December 6, 2011
  • Time Out Chicago

    The Tacos de Panza, featuring luscious hunks of pork belly smothered in tomato guajillo sauce and showered with queso fresco, all swaddled in warm tortillas Read more

    Time Out Chicago · September 17, 2010
  • Serious Eats

    Tacos al pastor, which is spit-roasted pork cooked with pineapple and onion; a crunchy fried fish taco; and best of all, pork belly with tomato guajillo sauce, queso fresco, onion, and cilantro. Read more

    Serious Eats · August 19, 2011
  • Marc Jacobs Intl

    Go for the amazing and cheap tacos and great whiskey!

    Marc Jacobs Intl · February 22, 2010
  • Metromix

    The queso fundido and pork belly tacos will rock your world. Cash only!

    Metromix · March 17, 2010
  • Chicago magazine

    Must-try cocktail: Paloma. Mexico’s answer to the Greyhound, balanced and way beyond typical taqueria fare.

    Chicago magazine · January 16, 2012
  • Time Out Chicago

    The patio. The scene. The tacos. The micheladas. Mix and repeat.

    Time Out Chicago · June 4, 2012
  • Marc Jacobs Intl

    Big Star has the BEST pork belly tacos & a great whiskey selection too! We love it!

    Marc Jacobs Intl · April 15, 2011
  • DailyCandy

    Three words: honky-tonk taqueria. Bluesy beats, pork belly tacos, and a late-night walkup window serving Mexican hot cocoa. Read more

    DailyCandy · December 8, 2010
  • Angela H.

    pork belly tacos

    Angela Heuer · February 22, 2010
  • Clayton H.

    Try a michelada. Tecate w a salsa mix. I'm in love with them and they make a good one here. Pastor tacos and the guac are also very good!

    Clayton Hauck · February 16, 2010
  • Colonel Daniel S.

    The margaritas are great but they sneak up on you like a rapist in the night.

    Colonel Daniel S · April 9, 2011
  • Brian H.

    Tacos, queso fundido, and mi chilada on the patio. A summer staple.

    Brian Hanscel · November 12, 2011
  • Andrew S.

    Go here and eat something!

    Andrew Suprenant · November 29, 2009
  • Lisa W.

    Everyone here is extremely attractive on just about any given night.

    Lisa Wallis · August 15, 2010
  • Time Out Chicago

    At Paul Kahan’s taco bar, there’s no choosing between the cheap whiskey shots and the tortillas packed with crisp, beer-battered tilapia. Read more

    Time Out Chicago · March 30, 2012
  • Jim S.

    agreed the pork belly tacos are downright awesome

    Jim Sofranko · November 14, 2009
  • Time Out Chicago

    Beat the brutal weekend crowds by dropping by the takeout window to grab a couple of tacos or plant yourself at the wall-length counter for a few beers or quality cocktails. Read more

    Time Out Chicago · February 28, 2012
  • Ken S.

    The pork belly tacos are king but the guacamole is also amazing

    Ken Sumka · July 25, 2010
  • Jamco Creative

    poblano tacos, queso fundido, pickled onions, beer beer beer and a cool horchata

    Jamco Creative · March 9, 2010
  • Natalie G.

    Drink a marg and you'll get really drunk!

    Natalie Gordon · July 9, 2013
  • Ryan F.

    Best tacos in the city

    Ryan Fallows · December 25, 2009
  • Downtown D.

    Love the veggie tacos.

    Downtown Dash · September 5, 2011
  • Manbque

    Pork belly is the new fad, try something else this time. All tacos are great!

    Manbque · April 13, 2011
  • BetsyM

    I'm a big fan of Big Star tacos and guacamole, but I've always had horrible service. Opt for the take-out window.

    BetsyM · September 5, 2010
  • marcus

    Got to agree with the pork belly, it's definitely a winner. Also recommend the basa and lamb shoulder tacos as well. Priced right!

    marcus · January 10, 2010
  • Annie C.

    Do not miss Big Star if you're in Chicago in the warm months, awesome patio. Delicious margaritas and creative, tasty, not run-of-the mill tacos

    Annie Chambers · October 30, 2011
  • Jamie M.

    Watch out for the Big Star blackout, happens every time.

    Jamie Mack · March 25, 2011
  • Time Out Chicago

    If you can just drink and not partake in Paul Kahan’s tacos al pastor…or his fish tacos…or his housemade salsas…or his sonoran hot dog (wrapped in bacon)…you have more restraint than we do. -JK Read more

    Time Out Chicago · May 25, 2012
  • Nicole N.

    Order Panza and Pescado tacos and don't go crazy with the margaritas they are strong!

    Nicole Nejati · September 16, 2011
  • s.

    Take Out Window. Best tip ever.

    s. · April 18, 2011
  • GourmetLive

    This fun Mexican joint is about food, beverage and experience, all given equal weight – and all for a small check.

    GourmetLive · February 10, 2011
  • Lindsey W.

    The tacos are $3 and small, so order more than one if you're hungry. Quick service!!

    Lindsey Woody · February 6, 2011
  • Michael S.

    Solid Fish taco for chicago

    Michael Silverstein · December 9, 2010
  • Rudy

    I love this place. The guacamole is a must. Tacos de rajas and poblano have me addicted

    Rudy · September 2, 2010
  • Dave C.

    Get the braised pork belly tacos. They're awesome. Impressive cocktails. But be forewarned: they only accept cash, and their ATM is a ripoff.

    Dave Clark · November 12, 2009
  • Time Out Chicago

    The patio. The scene. The tacos. The micheladas. Mix and repeat. -FS Read more

    Time Out Chicago · May 29, 2012
  • andrew c.

    Drink a Tecate. Just do it.

    andrew chapello · November 29, 2011
  • Hannah ..

    FISH TACOS are 3-bite wonders!

    Hannah ... · September 6, 2011
  • David F.

    Great tacos, and deadly margaritas

    David Fitzgerald · August 17, 2010
  • Lera T.

    Pitcher of margaritas on Big Star's patio is the perfect way to spend (drink) a summer afternoon.

    Lera Thompson · July 11, 2010
  • Michael C.

    good taco's, to bad the wait is so long

    Michael Conwell · June 6, 2010
  • Alexandra I.

    Good food, shittiest of hipper than thou attitude service.

    Alexandra Ionides · April 15, 2010
  • Heather J.

    Go early on a sunday

    Heather Janda · November 29, 2009
  • Bruce W.

    Total pick up bar. Say you're in a band and you'll get laid. Tacos are great..$3 whiskeys.

    Bruce Winche'll · September 5, 2011
  • Pascale W.

    best margarita by the pitcher...get there early long lines for tables esp. on weekends.

    Pascale W. · August 26, 2011
  • Kay Kay R.

    2 Palomas, a Goldrush and a shot of the day = #Dead.

    Kay Kay R. · August 20, 2011

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