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 1,397 votes

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  • What you need to know
    Danny C.
    "All the food rocks my fav is the fish tacos or TACO de PESCADO"(18 Tips)
    Metromix
    "The queso fundido and pork belly tacos will rock your world."(32 Tips)
    sophie m.
    "Get the tacos de panza and an order of guacamole."(7 Tips)
    Marco M.
    "al pastor tacos and the fish tostadas are great."(14 Tips)
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  • tacos
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  • lively
  • micheladas
  • good for a late night
  • hot dogs
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  • George H.

    Try the Walking Taco

    George Hayes · 10 hours ago
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  • Louis K.

    Great funky tacos! Long waits, cash only.

    Louis Klieger · 18 hours ago
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  • Elizabeth F.

    Tacos, guac, horchata. Get take out when crowded.

    Elizabeth F. · 19 hours ago
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  • Marco L.

    Los tacos de panza en realidad son de barriga (carnitas) y son extraordinarios. El walking Dead es más unos dorilocos que un taco, así que si eres mexicano no te van a gustar.

    Marco Lagarde · 3 days ago
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  • Helena N.

    Nice tacos!

    Helena Nacinovic · 1 week ago
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  • Chase F.

    Tacos are amazing

    Chase Farnum · 1 week ago
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  • Joe C.

    Don't be intimidated by the long wait, there's a walk-up window that serves the same food, just no booze. So if you're not an alcoholic, you'll be fine.

    Joe Carpita · 1 week ago
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  • Kay D.

    Fantastic margarita pitchers and the al pastor is the highlight.

    Kay D · 1 week ago
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  • Maria B.

    Tacos were delicious - especially the chicken. Chips were top notch. Margs were just average.

    Maria Burke · 1 week ago
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  • Tabitha J.

    Great outdoor space...carrot taco was amazing.

    Tabitha Johnson · 2 weeks ago
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  • Kingsley Y.

    Featured on Unique Eats. Food looks good. All foods made in house. The All Pastor looks good.

    Kingsley Younger · 2 weeks ago
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  • Sam H.

    Delicious tacos, great margaritas, awesome outside area. Pretty surprised and and impressed by this place!

    Sam Herbert · 3 weeks ago
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  • Ziad E.

    Fish tacos, music, margs

    Ziad El Bizri · 3 weeks ago
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  • Hannah M.

    Excellent margaritas. Splendid tacos.

    Hannah Muirhead · 3 weeks ago
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  • Josh S.

    Guacamole and Pork Belly Tacos!

    Josh Stevens · July 3
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  • J.M. S.

    Best margaritas ever + awesome tacos

    J.M. Spnr · July 3
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  • Chris M.

    Fish tacos are fantastic

    Chris Moore · June 24
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  • Lawrence J.

    Taco's of course!

    Lawrence Jacobs · June 22
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  • Tyler S.

    Ok. Not bad for a taco place. That is if you like fast, shuffle you in and shuffle you out. Tacos were fine.

    Tyler Sanderford · June 21
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  • Liliana V.

    All the tacos are good. Margaritas are really yummy!

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  • Aprile E.

    Whiskey shots and margarita pitchers will make your night. All the food is awesome too.

    Aprile Elcich · June 17
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  • Mat B.

    The best part is, it's never crowded.

    Mat Burnett · June 14
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  • Tyler S.

    tacos were ok. Served quick. Atmosphere for lunch felt liked being swiftly dragged by my shirt through a crowded metro. High energy.

    Tyler Sanderford · June 12
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  • Sam

    I can never choose which tacos to get. All are so flavorful! Amazing patio.

    Sam · June 12
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  • Zach F.

    Three tacos is plenty. Plus chips. And drinks.

    Zach Felsenstein · June 10
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  • Shinji K.

    This is a great place for your friends to learn about waiting in line in Chicago

    Shinji Kuwayama · June 9
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  • paolo f.

    big college crowd, annoyingly busy, the overzealous doormen kick it all off with a snobby vibe. the tacos are as good as anything is the SF mission though.

    paolo f · June 6
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  • Jonathan F.

    Excellent selection of tacos, but I recommend the Walking Taco for is you wanna eat on-the-go.

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  • Marissa R.

    El pastor and a pitcher of margs. Get em.

    Marissa Ryan · May 27
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  • Jess C.

    The taco takeout window is awesome!

    Jess C · May 14
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  • Robin J.

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

    Robin Johannsen · April 24
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  • Mark M.

    this place rocks!!! Read more

    Mark Modricker · April 20
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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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