Big Star

Taco Place and Whisky Bar
1531 N Damen Ave (btwn W Pierce Ave & N Wicker Pk Ave), Chicago, IL 60622, United States
Hours:
Closed until 11:30 AM (Show more)
  • Mon–Fri, Sun
    • 11:30 AM–2:00 AM
  • Sat
    • 11:30 AM–3:00 AM
Price:
$ $ $ $
Menus:
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Happy Hour
Drinks:
Beer, Wine, Full Bar, Cocktails
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. American Express)
Wi-Fi:
No
Outdoor Seating:
Yes
9.3/10

Based on 1,260 votes

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Total Visitors
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    Alison
    Taco de pescado and the salad - the perfect summer lunch!(18 Tips)
    Andrea P.
    Fish and pork belly tacos coupled with the margs are a must.(31 Tips)
    Mike R.
    Grab a botte of Old Rasputin and the tacos al Pastor.(14 Tips)
    sophie m.
    Get the tacos de panza and an order of guacamole.(7 Tips)
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  • good for a quick meal
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  • Jess C.

    The taco takeout window is awesome!

    Jess C · 1 week ago
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  • Linsey P.

    Street tacos & margs, possible Sunday lunch

    Linsey Peterson · 2 weeks ago
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  • Robin J.

    Can't stop eating tacos. Lots of outdoor seating.

    Robin Johannsen · 3 weeks ago
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  • Mark M.

    this place rocks!!! Read more

    Mark Modricker · April 20
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  • Jackie B.

    Solid micheladas.

    Jackie B · April 19
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  • Brandon D.

    Favorite spot for tacos

    Brandon Dudley · April 13
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  • Jorge C.

    tostadas de hongos y cosas asi

    Jorge Chavez · April 4
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  • Peter M.

    Classic big star...

    Peter McQueen · April 1
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  • Kübra Z.

    Best taco ever! Chicken taco rocks!

    Kübra Zengin · March 29
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  • Ricky B.

    Great food, good prices. Don't expect a seat unless you want to wait. Heat lamps are legit.

    Ricky Brandt · March 29
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  • Kate S.

    Eat and drink everything here. Don't miss queso fundido.

    Kate Schaffer · March 29
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  • Claire P.

    Margaritas are strong, guacamole is amazing. The patio in the dinner is the place to be.

    Claire Pistek · March 28
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  • Fiona H.

    Super busy in the evenings get there early or it could be 1+hour wait. Much easier to get a spot at lunchtimes

    Fiona Hodge · March 26
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  • Marios R.

    Among the best tacos I ever had. Super crowded but totally worth it

    Marios Rigopoulos · March 25
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  • Erick B.

    Worst tacos I've ever tried.... If you're Mexican please run out of this place...

    Erick Bastida · March 20
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  • ilyas t.

    You should try panza and pescado taco :)

    ilyas teker · March 19
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  • Jon T.

    Too many tacos

    Jon Tracey · March 16
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  • Dina R.

    Tacos al pastor

    Dina Rughani · March 15
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  • Ansell

    The Walking Taco was surprisingly good!

    Ansell · March 14
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  • Bill S.

    Great lunch spot. Had a terrible experience trying to check out the night life due to a very rude and unprofessional bouncer who said they were closed but it was still advertised business hours.

    Bill Sindewald · March 12
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  • Leslie d.

    Margs and taco al pastor

    Leslie d · March 12
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  • Todd B.

    Superb tacos and margaritas. Hard to get into at times, but worth the wait. Especially in the summer.

    Todd Bernier · March 7
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  • Azad A.

    Chicago style upscale tacos. Pickled peppers are for real spicy.

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  • Mallory G.

    ...and sometimes you go on an adventure

    Mallory Guimond · February 28
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  • Trisha G.

    The elotes bowl was an awesome explosion of flavor!

    Trisha Galimore · February 25
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  • Edison C.

    Tacos al pastor!

    Edison Castaneda · February 24
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  • Jen M.

    Super crowded. Cash only. That said, all the tacos are great. Favorite is the chicken taco. Tostada is awesome too. Very trendy. Good place to go with friends. Hit up the window outside in a hurry.

    Jen Marquez · February 23
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  • Brook H.

    The sweet spot is around 330pm - walk in and your table is waiting!

    Brook Harris · February 21
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  • Emily S.

    Best margarita in the city. Fish tacos are SO good!

    Emily Scichilone · February 15
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  • Jillian B.

    The staff is just rude. I spent a total of four minutes there because I couldn't believe three staff members had been so rude upon walking in. Not worth it.

    Jillian Burnickas · February 5
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  • Carly K.

    Queso fundito! Margaritas. Taco al pastor.

    Carly Klein · December 28, 2014
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  • Adam R.

    The fall outdoor seating is great with the heat lamps. Must order guac.

    Adam Rowe · December 17, 2014
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  • Josh H.

    Quality and authenticity has dropped in the last few years. The wait at the window remains the same.

    Josh Habdas · December 6, 2014
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  • Cris R.

    Divine tacos.

    Cris R · November 30, 2014
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  • David C.

    Overhyped place but the tacos are decent here and there .

    David Curiel · November 27, 2014
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  • Everton A.

    They have vegetarian options. Fair price

    Everton Araujo · November 16, 2014
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  • Davin L.

    Overpriced. Nuff said.

    Davin Loh · November 7, 2014
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  • Carolina C.

    The best Pork belly and al pastor tacos!

    Carolina Cortes · November 7, 2014
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  • Cary B.

    The margaritas are top notch. You won't be disappointed.

    Cary Black · October 22, 2014
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  • Mark B.

    Great vegetarian selection. Protip: don't get the guacamole and spend the money you save on more tacos

    Mark Brenneman · October 19, 2014
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  • Sherin A.

    El pastor and walking racos ! Love this place

    Sherin Ali · October 17, 2014
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  • Amy L.

    THIS IS THE HAPPIEST PLACE IN ON EARTH. Doesn't matter how crowded it is, come in and have the best mescal margarita of you life and smile.

    Amy Lebowsky · October 16, 2014
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  • Rebecca R.

    Amazing tacos! Love the paloma's! Guacamole is just ok. Cash only!

    Rebecca Rickert · October 15, 2014
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  • Crystal G.

    Tacos De papas con rajas!!!

    Crystal Gonzalez · October 13, 2014
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  • Chanel Oriana

    Old fashions and Tacos de papas. Makes me happy time. Cash only.

    Chanel Oriana · October 10, 2014
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  • Emilio C.

    Super hipster, if you're into that kind of stuff.

    Emilio C · September 29, 2014
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  • T C.

    Weekday afternoons make for a less stressful crowd but a pitcher of margaritas always helps too.

    T Callahan · September 26, 2014
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  • Mitchell

    Tacos are great, drinks are great, vine is great

    Mitchell · September 26, 2014
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  • Moonchild

    This place is completely packed on the weekends and has great drinks and mexican food :) Love going there for a snack and drinks on a Friday or Saturday.

    Moonchild · September 15, 2014
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  • Rafa G.

    I came from de taco's country and this are most expensive tacos in my life, but they are great, have sowl, style, great service, delicious michelads and the "dulce de leche licuado" is pure sweetness.

    Rafa G · September 15, 2014
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