Where to Eat a Damn Good Taco in Chicago on National Taco Day

This one really needs no introduction. It’s simple, really. Show your local taco joint some love when you celebrate National Taco Day the only way you should: by chowing down on some delicious tacos.

These are all of the best places to get a damn good taco in Chicago.


Big Star

Big Star
Photo Credit: Big Star Chicago Facebook

Wicker Park | Wrigleyville

You thought the original location was cool, but wait until you see what they’ve done in Wrigleyville. This massive taco joint serves up dishes that are just delicious as its predecessor’s, and both are perfect places to settle into on National Taco Day.


Flaco’s Tacos

Flaco's Tacos
Photo Credit: Flaco’s Tacos Facebook

Edgewater | River North | Printers Row

Made from scratch every single day, Flaco’s Tacos are totally fresh and absolutely classic. Get there on National Taco Day and wash down your meal with their weekly Thursday special of $3 Sangria.


Carnitas Uruapan Restaurant

Carnitas Uruapan
Photo Credit: Carnitas Uruapan Facebook

1725 W 18th St

This restaurant’s specialty is, of course, carnitas, and they pack their tacos with them perfectly. Carnitas Uruapan is also featured in our ranking of best tacos by neighborhood, proving it’s the best damn taco joint in Pilsen.


Velvet Taco

Velvet Taco
Photo Credit: Velvet Taco Chicago Facebook

1110 N State St

You have to admit—this place is creative as all hell. There’s not a single taco you could classify as ordinary here: every single one is packed full of unique ingredients that give them a distinctive flavor you won’t find anywhere else.


Paco’s Tacos

Paco's Tacos
Photo Credit: Paco’s Tacos Facebook

Brighton Park | West Lawn

It’s no-frills for sure, but their tacos are so damn delicious, you’ll have a hard time choosing which one to eat. I guess, since it’s National Taco Day, you might as well try everything off the menu… just to be safe.


El Habanero

El Habanero
Photo Credit: El Habanero Yelp

3300 W Fullerton Ave

This cash-only spot in Logan Square is as delicious as it gets, and yet so unassuming. El Habanero is known for their amazing sopas, but it’s National Taco Day, so treat yo’self.


L’ Patron

Photo Credit: L’Patron Facebook

3749 W Fullerton Ave

A strangely colorful industrial setting awaits you inside L’Patron, complete with an amazing outdoor patio. But it’s their tacos that will win you over. Order up a tortilla filled with veggies and al pastor and your day is automatically made.

Taqueria El Milagro

Taqueria El Milagro
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Little Village | Pilsen

This amazing hole-in-the-wall taco joint has been around for over 50 years, and it’s still producing some of the best tacos known to Chicago. Taqueria El Milagro is not to be missed at either of its Chicago locations. Get your tacos for under $3 and enjoy the nostalgic ambiance.

Zombie Taco

Zombie Taco
Photo Credit: Zombie Taco Facebook

530 N LaSalle Dr

Having just opened up earlier this year, Zombie Taco is still gaining popularity as a 24/7 walk-up counter at the MOXY hotel downtown. But one bite of their thick cut jalapeño bacon taco and you’ll be in heaven, so make sure to visit this undead taco joint on National Taco Day.

Antique Taco

Antique Taco
Photo Credit: Antique Taco Facebook

Wicker Park | River North | Bridgeport

Each location serves a slightly different menu of amazing tacos, so it’s definitely worth a trip to all three. Antique Taco boasts innovation like the sweet and spicy chicken taco and the potato and poblano taco, and if that doesn’t make your mouth water, I don’t know what will.


Still can’t decide? Check out our ranking of the best damn tacos by neighborhood in Chicago.


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