Sam Adams Lakeview Taco Fest
||Saturday & Sunday, September 17-18
||11am to 10pm Daily
||On Southport between Addison & Roscoe | Chicago
||Lakeview Chamber of Commerce
Chicago's hottest new festival is back for its fourth year. The glorious taco will again get the spotlight it has long deserved when the tortilla-wrapped fave is celebrated at this food and music festival that also kicks off the first official weekend of autumn.
Whether one prefers theirs with a hard or soft shell and filled with a meat, chicken, guacamole, fish or other imaginative ingredients, this September happening in the bustling Southport Corridor is a mega-hot addition to the Windy City's food fest scene.
There will also be special beer and taco pairings, crowd-pleasing Mexican wrestlers, and visitors will be able to text vote for Chicago's "Best Taco."
$7 suggested donation benefits the Lakeview Chamber of Commerce.
2015 Participating Vendors Serving Tacos!
2016 Vendors Coming Soon!
NEW! Beat Kitchen
2100 W Belmont Ave, Chicago
Although they're best known for their wildly eclectic nightly music bookings, this Belmont Avenue entertainment emporium also has outstanding food and beer offerings. (Chicken, fish and steak tacos.)
Café El Tapatio
2015 'BEST TACO' TEXT-TO-VOTE SECOND PLACE!
3400 N Ashland Ave, Chicago
Amazing and delicious are just a few ways customers of this West Lakeview eatery describe El Tapatio which has been a neighborhood fave for more than two decades. Their extensive menu includes at least a dozen taco choices including steak, chorizo, chicken and pork. Long before tacos became fashionable, Café El Tapatio wrote the book on authentic Mexican cuisine. (Pulled short rib and Portobello tacos.)
2015 'BEST TACO' TEXT-TO-VOTE FIRST PLACE!
3612 N. Southport, Chicago
It may be shoebox in size, but this wildly popular Southport Corridor eatery is well-known to neighborhood residents for its empanadas, baked goods, coffees and other tasty offerings. (Beef, lamb, chicken, pork and veggie tacos.)
3455 N Southport Ave, Chicago
Casual and comfortable, this popular Southport Corridor restaurant excels with its salads, sandwiches, fish and rotisserie offerings. It's a family-friendly eatery where there's always a crowd for their lunches, dinners and celebrated weekend brunches. (Goat BBQ, garlic pork and black bean tacos.)
NEW! Dive Bar
3445 North Halsted, Chicago
Located on Halsted Street in Lakeview, Dive Bar is a seafood restaurant and specialty rum bar. Market fresh crab, oysters, clams, shrimp and fish are among the items on their thoughtful menu. But cocktails and craft beers, including a choice of more than 200 rums (!), make Dive Bar a ship worthy of any first-class ocean excursion. (Blackened shrimp, jerk chicken and lobster roll tacos.)
D.S. Tequila Company
3352 N Halsted St, Chicago
This popular Halsted establishment in Lakeview proudly touts its burgers, tacos and tequila. And they're serious. Name another place that has an "all the tacos you can eat" night. And who else has a selection that includes crispy fried chicken, grilled fish, pulled pork and tequila shrimp tacos, to name just a few. (Coffee-rubbed steak, crispy chicken and tequila shrimp tacos.)
725 S Dearborn St., Chicago
With locations in the South Loop and near Water Tower Place, Flaco's specializes in simple Mexican foods. They're modest to a fault, but their eclectic menu offering is totally ambitious: every imaginable Mexican dish is on their menu, and affordably priced as well. (Grilled chicken and grilled steak tacos.)
NEW! mEAT Restaurant
3339 N Halsted St, Chicago
Skewered meats take center stage at this dining and drinking establishment that encourages their customers to converse and socialize in a laidback atmosphere (in other words: meet!). With locations in Lakeview and Streeterville, mEAT strives for an intimate fine food and classic cocktail experience. (Cajun ribeye, andouille sausage and bacon chicken tacos.)
3443 N Southport Ave, Chicago
Don't let the Irish name fool you. From their popular weekend brunches to beers, cocktails and extensive food menu, this wildly popular establishment in the heart of the Southport Corridor is full of surprises. You can bet they'll show imagination with their fest food offerings, including the tortilla wrapped kind. (Smoked brisket, cilantro lime fish, pork and steak tacos.)
New England Seafood Company Fish Market
3341 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago
From everyday dining to indulging with someone special, New England Seafood on Lincoln Avenue near Roscoe has built a reputation for their fresh fish and outstanding service. With its owners having more than four decades of experience in seafood retail, wholesale and specialty food events, their menu offers an amazing array of fish options for brunch, lunch or dinner. (Fish and lobster tacos.)
Newport Bar & Grill
1344 W Newport Ave, Chicago
A neighborhood mainstay since 1985 (and once known as "LaunderBar"), this popular and friendly "salon" on Newport and Southport serves up plenty of craft beers and tasty burgers as well as sports game viewings on their 18 flat screen TV's. (Cajun steak, pulled pork and chili soy sauce chicken tacos.)
1638 W Belmont Ave, Chicago
The Pony's neighborhood charm and laid back approach provides an ideal backdrop for any type of crowd. Whether drinks with friends, or grabbing a bite from the mouthwatering Southwestern-inspired menu, this cozy West Lakeview inn is sure to delight with their wrapped tortillas. (Duck, smoked pork and smoked beef tacos.)
158 W Ontario St., Chicago \ 1969 N Halsted St., Chicago
Expect top-notch tortilla-stuffed faves from this authentic Mexican comfort food eatery with locations in Lincoln Park and River North. The menu includes daily tacos specials seven days a week. And their extensive menu includes four tortas and 10 taco options ranging from chicken and beef to shrimp, stewed mushrooms, and beer-battered tilapia fillet with cabbage. (BBQ chicken, beef and pork tacos.)
Tacos Nietos 2015 'BEST TACO' TEXT-TO-VOTE THIRD PLACE!
2863 E 95th St, Chicago
Located on East 95th Street in the shadows of the Chicago Skyway, this ma-and-pa Mexican eatery may be small in size but, when it comes to tacos, wins rave reviews from both neighborhood residents and visitors for their fantastic food. Trust us: Nietos is as authentic Mexico-meets-Chicago as it gets. (Beef tacos.)
About the Beneficiary: Lakeview Chamber of Commerce
The Lakeview Chamber of Commerce was founded to help the local community prosper through programs and services that assist and promote both local businesses and the neighborhood. The Chamber's service area, primarily Chicago's West Lakeview neighborhood, is from Diversey on the south, to Irving Park on the north, and Ravenswood on the west, to Racine on the east. For more visit www.lakeviewchamber.com.
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