2019 Best Mexican Restaurants in Chicago Area

Best Mexican Food
in Chicago

True fans of Mexican cuisine want to know who makes the best tamales in town. Who has their own tortilleria, making the flour and corn staples right before your very eyes? Whose hot sauce provides the most flavor? Who has the best selection of tequila? Who makes their margaritas fresh?

Presented in alphabetical order, here are the Top Mexican restaurants in Chicago.

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Barrio
14/20
Upscale, rustic Mexican concept from DineAmic Group in River North. See More

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Big Star
13/20
A buzzy Wicker Park bar and taqueria with affordable fare and an eclectic crowd. See More
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Cantina Laredo
14/20
River North restaurant sizzles with soulful Mexican cuisine. See More

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Chilam Balam
14/20
Farm-focused Mexican BYOB in the heart of East Lakeview. See More
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Frontera Grill
15/20
Chef Rick Bayless hasn’t lost his touch at this topnotch, wood-grilled sister to adjoining Topolobampo. See More
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Las Palmas
13/20
Creative Mexican cuisine in an artsy setting with a hidden-away feel. See More
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Leña Brava
14/20
Fresh seafood, mezcal and Guadalupe Valley wines reign supreme at Rick Bayless' live-fire cooking restaurant. See More
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Mercadito
12/20
Mexican dishes for the River North crowd. See More

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Topolobampo
16/20
Rick Bayless’ upscale Mexican restaurant is as exciting (and booked) as ever. See More
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