Must be 21 years of age or older with a valid ID to enter. All sales are final. Admission and tasting tickets are SESSION SPECIFIC, and are non-refundable or transferable. Tickets may not be shared. Unused tickets may not be returned.
$15 - Early Bird General Admission + Margarita
$40 - Early Bird General Admission + Margarita and Tequila Tasting
Due to popular demand, we’ve expanded our tequila and mezcal tastings to two sessions each day. Enjoy 12 tasting tickets to 20+ tequila & mezcal varieties. Learn about how the spirits are made and how to craft your own cocktails while enjoying private island sounds in the tasting area. Tastings are a separate ticketed experience. Limited to 300 guests per session.
Session 1 - 12:00PM-3:00PM
Session 2 - 4:00PM-7:00PM
$40 Early Bird Price for General Admission + Margarita & Tequila Tasting
2019 Featured Tequilas
Hornitos - Black Barrel, Cristalino
El Tesoro - Plata, Reposado, Añejo
Casa Noble - Crystal, Reposado, Añejo
Fino - Silver, Reposado, Añejo
Patron - Silver, Reposado, Añejo
Corralego - Silver, Reposado, Añejo
Partida - Silver, Reposado, Añejo
Don Julio - Blanco, Reposado, Añejo
El Nacimiento - Silver, Reposado, Añejo
Jose Cuervo Reserva de la Familia
Maestro Dobel Diamante
Cenote - Silver, Reposado, Añejo
2020 Vendors Coming Soon!
Aztec Daves Food Truck
Aztec Daves, an authentic (and popular) Mexican food truck that launched in 2015, is family run and dishes out affordable favorites (tacos, burritos and tortas) with a modern twist with ingredients passed down from their grandmother.
Tandoor Char House
Located on Halsted near Wrightwood in Lincoln Park, brothers Fahim and Faraz Sarharia take great pride in the food of their parents who hail from India and Pakistan. As for their tacos, visitors will delight in Tandoor's unique seasoned taste sensation.
Carnivale Food Truck
The Latin fusion menu of the Fulton Market restaurant is legendary with Chicago foodies. Expect their food truck to offer the same heavenly spin on gourmet tacos.
Three Legged Tacos
Chef-driven cuisine inspired by Mexican flavors is the name of the game for this Chicago food truck and catering company that donates a portion of sales to local non-profits. The ingredients in their taco menu includes such exotic ingredients as cashews, avocados, shrimp, sweet potato and achiota pork.
Blue Agave Tequila Bar & Restaurant
This Tex-Mex eatery and tequila-centric cocktail bar with locations in River West and the Gold Coast specializes in casual dining with an awesome selection of breakfast, lunch and dinner foods that range from tacos and enchiladas to quesadillas, burritos, soups, salads and more.
With locations in River North and Wrigleyville, these popular cantinas have it all: A cool ambiance, great cocktails, and an awesome menu that includes at least seven exotic tacos to excite any gourmet taste.
Taquiza El Poblanito
This Chicagoland eatery earns praise for its Mexican street foods that include pork, steak, chicken and fish tacos.
We prepare Freshly made tacos, burritos, quesadillas, tortas, tostadas. Meats; steak chicken ground beef pastor fish shrimp and cabeza.
Located on Chicago's far southeast side, 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. They're as authentic Mexico-meets-Chicago as it gets.
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How many times per week do you eat tacos? Do you have what it takes to be crowned the Chicago Taco & Tequila Fest Taco Champion? Compete in our Sunday Chicago Taco Eating Contest at 2:00PM. To enter, complete the following application and post a video on Instagram with why you should be chosen with the hashtag #Chicagotacoandtequilafest.
Do I need a general admission ticket to experience a tasting session?
Yes, all guests must purchase a general admission ticket with their tasting session ticket to gain admission into the festival.
Do I get to pick the flavor of the included margarita?
What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?
Public transportation. Uber/Lyft//Taxi Drop off zone. Designated Drivers. Walking/Biking distance from North Avenue Beach and Lincoln Park Zoo.
What can I NOT bring into the event?
- Alcoholic or outside beverages. 2 unopened water bottles are allowed per person.
- Bags larger than a standard drawstring bag or small backpack (14"x18"). All bags will be searched upon entry.
- Bicycles, Skateboards, skates (roller or in-line), scooters or hover boards
- Cans, bottles or other beverage containers
- Drones / Unmanned Aircraft Systems
- Fireworks or any other incendiary device
- Illegal substances of any kind
- Laser pens and pointers
- Noise-making devices (ie/horns, whistles, etc.)
- Totem poles made with hard material to display banners or flags
- Weapons of any kind
- Any other items deemed to be dangerous or inappropriate by venue management
How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Questions regarding accessibility or tickets please contact 773-584-6600.
What's the refund policy?
Must be 21 years of age or older with a valid ID to enter. All sales are final (rain or shine). Admission and tickets are non-refundable or transferable. Tickets may not be shared. Unused tickets may not be returned.
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
Guests must bring a printed or mobile ticket with them to the gate.
Other Aliases: Silver, Plata, White
Blanco tequila never sees the inside of an oak barrel. Without the influence of the wood, blanco tequila provides the purest expression of the agave’s natural flavors and clearly captures the terroir of the region where the blue agave was grown. Some producers choose to rest the tequila in steel tanks for less than two months to let the flavors settle a bit across batches before distributing it into individual bottles. But even this slight delay leaves most of the vivid, young, fiery flavors intact.
Blanco tequila is often hotter than its mellowed, aged peers and blasts the palate with raw vegetal agave, grassy herbal notes, various types of citrus, black pepper and other spices, and even some natural sweetness from the agave itself (think agave nectar). This strong profile makes blanco tequila great in cocktails as the bold flavor can go toe to toe with any mixer you throw at it. By the same token, blanco can be a bit harsh for some palates. If you’re considering straight shots, choose an extra smooth brand like Los Azulejos Silver (which layers on a smoky aroma) or Don Julio Blanco (full of citrusy grapefruit notes) for a complex taste without the harsh burn.
Other Aliases: Rested, Aged
After pounding shots of blanco tequila on your 21st birthday, you still have a few lessons to learn in the ways of agave. Patiently waiting for good things to come is the first of those lessons, which is immediately evident when sipping a reposado tequila. To make reposado, distillers take blanco tequila fresh from the still and store it in American or French oak barrels. Legally, reposado sits between blanco and añejo on the aging spectrum and must rest in the barrel for between two months and one year, which gives it just enough time to develop a unique flavor profile without losing younger notes from the original agave juice.
During its time in the barrel, the tequila darkens to a subtle gold hue as it pulls tannins from the wood to create the warm flavors of caramel and honey. The tequila’s natural citrus and spice flavors don’t decrease but tend to round out as the tequila ages, which creates complex notes of dry chocolate, chilies, vanilla and cinnamon. Some producers opt for used barrels that previously housed bourbon, Cognac or wine, which contribute even more flavors to the tequila’s evolution. Some reposados are hardy enough to support cocktails while subtler expressions are best sipped neat or over ice.
Other Aliases: Extra Aged, Vintage
If you leave tequila in the barrel for longer than a reposado, it becomes an añejo. Aged one to three years, añejo tequila takes on even more character from the wood, proving that true distinction comes with age. The barrel size for añejo tequila is limited to 600 liters, so every drop gets a decent amount of interaction with the wood.
That extra time intensifies the colors and notes of a reposado, darkens the tequila even further and produces a richer taste. Often, añejos move beyond the intense—and occasionally harsh—bite of young tequila when acidic tones are replaced with sugary, caramelized ones. That’s not to say añejo can’t have some edge. For example, we love spiking our horchata with Riazul Añejo because of its distinct funky notes of nuts, coffee and honey.
Other Aliases: Ultra Aged
If the producers leave tequila in the barrel a day more than three years, it qualifies as extra añejo. This ultra aged spirit category was established in 2006, making it a relative newcomer in the long history of tequila. Extra añejo must be cut with water to temper the proof, which smoothes out the final product even more. While the extensive aging and occasional peatiness elicits comparisons to well-aged scotch, no age statement is required on extra-aged agave. Given the added prestige that comes with longer barrel time, many extra añejos fetch top dollar.
Other Aliases: Gold, Oro
This smaller category of tequila can be tricky to navigate in your local liquor store. Gold tequila often refers to mixto tequila, which is made by adding sugar, colorings, flavorings, oak extracts or glycerin in order to emulate aged reposados and añejos. Because these tequilas aren’t made with 100 percent agave, the entire category tends to demand lower prices than honestly aged tequila.
On the other hand, joven tequila is made by blending a majority of blanco with a smaller cut of aged tequila without the added sugars and flavorings commonly found in Gold. Combining several types of tequila produces a nuanced product reminiscent of blended scotch. Joven is particularly adept in cocktails as it provides the bright citrus of blanco and the vibrant character of rested tequila all in one neat package. Give joven a try if you happen upon a bottle, but chances are slim that your local corner shop will stock this relatively rare variety.
Looking to connect with active consumers at this event? For pricing and a customized benefits package, please contact Norine Smyth at 312-799-0354.
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Application Deadline: April 1, 2020
Total Payment Due*: April 15, 2020
*Payments received AFTER the due date will incur a 3% late fee
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