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Big Star

1531 N. Damen Ave. (W. North Ave.) Send to Phone
773-235-4039 | Order Now!
A buzzy Wicker Park bar and taqueria with affordable fare and an eclectic crowd.



Lunch & Dinner daily
Open late

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Big Star, Chicago, IL

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Big Star Restaurant Review

: Arrive early at this first-come, first-served Wicker Park hub, where you’re likely to experience a wait-time, especially during the summer months. Is it worth it? That all depends on what you order. Chef Paul Kahan's (Blackbird, Avec, The Publican) authentic take on taco classics are certainly wait-worthy. Particularly of note are the pineapple-topped al pastor, the taco de panza (crispy pork belly) and the taco de papas con rajas with potatoes and queso cotija. Less favorable? The queso fundido, which was a bit too pepper-filled for our liking. Another word of wisdom: Try the Big Star margarita at your own risk; this Lunazul Blanco-based concoction is tasty but dangerously boozy. Got a sweet tooth? The dulce de leche milkshake might be up your alley.

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