CHICAGO TACO & TEQUILA FEST

CHICAGO TACO & TEQUILA FEST

Date: Saturday, June 15
Time: 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Location: Cannon Dr. just north of Fullerton
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Address: 2491 N Cannon Drive
Chicago IL
Beneficiary: Chicago Canine Rescue
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It’s a tasty combination! Stuffed tortillas and the juices of the blue agave plant (better known to distilled spirits aficionados as tequila) will be taking the spotlight at this June’s ALL-NEW Chicago Taco & Tequila Fest.

And adding to the fest’s cool food and cocktail vibe will be its can’t-beat location near Diversey Harbor in scenic Lincoln Park only a week before the official start of summer.

Both traditional and exotic ingredient-stuffed tortillas will be smartly paired with tequila-infused cocktails ranging from Classic Lime, Strawberry Mint, Jalapeno Cucumber, Mango, Passion Fruit, Watermelon, Peach margaritas, and Palomas.

The fest will also feature margarita flights and tastings, mixologists and live bands and DJs.

This is a 21+ event. Your ticket includes one complimentary margarita.

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General Admission

Eventbrite - Chicago Taco & Tequila Fest

Options:
General Admission + 1 Margarita - $10.00
Designated Driver - $10.00

This is a 21+ event.  Please read the frequently asked questions for more details.

*** 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. ***

Tequila Tasting

Eventbrite - Chicago Taco & Tequila Fest

General Admission + 1 Margarita + Tequila Tasting - $40.00

Session Time:
3pm to 6pm

*** 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. ***

What We're Sampling:

Entertainment

Noon - Mariachi Los Viajeros
1:30pm - The Hat Guys
3:30pm - Alan King of The Chosen Few
4:55pm - Johnny Russler and The Beach Bum Band
6:15pm - XONIC//AYOO
8:00pm - RDGLDGRN

Exclusive Steel Drum Performance by Kent Arnsbarger in the Tequila Tasting tent!

Silent Disco DJ's

Channel 1 - "It's Spicy"
11:00 AM - DJ Bravo
Noon - DJ AVACADO
1:00 PM - Narkalix
2:00 PM - D2A
3:00 PM - Lazcaux
4:00 PM - Mekington
5:00 PM - Dr Drej
6:00 PM - Randall Dean
7:00 PM - DJ EL The Conductor
8:00 PM - Sherm

Channel 2 - Be Nice Collective
11:00 AM - DJ Kong
Noon - Max Quinones
1:30 PM - JET BLVCK
3:00 PM - FLYNNINHO
5:30 PM - Hi Five
6:30 PM - Ben Elliot
7:30 PM - NIICK NIICE
Channel 3 - Silent Chicago
Ambient sounds all day

Taco Vendors

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.

Moe's Cantina 
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
Tacos Nietos 
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.

Margarita Flights

Eventbrite - Chicago Taco & Tequila Fest

Cost:
$20 in advance

What is included:

  • Four house margaritas of your choice
  • Flavors include Classic Lime, Strawberry Mint, Jalapeno Cucumber, Mango, Passion Fruit, Watermelon, Peach margaritas, and Palomas.

*** 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. ***

About the Beneficiary: Chicago Canine Rescue

Ever wonder what happens to shelter dogs that are not perfect, are considered too young, too old, too sick or who have special needs? Traditionally, these animals were automatically euthanized at area shelters. However, today, Chicago Canine Rescue Foundation exists to give many of these animals a second chance, too! CCRF was founded in 2001 to help find permanent, loving homes for homeless dogs in our city. CCRF has saved the lives of over 6,000 dogs, cats, kittens (yes, we have started helping a few felines each year, too!) and puppies. CCRF assists the animals that are the MOST vulnerable in our city – the dogs and cats that are slated for euthanasia because they are too old, too young, too injured, have disabilities, or have simply been overlooked for too long by potential adopters at other shelters.

Frequently Asked Questions

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?
Yes.

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
  • Confetti
  • Drones / Unmanned Aircraft Systems
  • Fireworks or any other incendiary device
  • Grills
  • Illegal substances of any kind
  • Laser pens and pointers
  • Noise-making devices (ie/horns, whistles, etc.)
  • Selfie-Sticks
  • Tents/Canopies
  • Totem poles made with hard material to display banners or flags
  • Wagons
  • 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.

Interested in Volunteering?

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at the Chicago Taco & Tequila Fest on Saturday June 15th, benefiting the Chicago Canine Rescue. Upon completing your shift volunteers will receive a complimentary margarita! Volunteers must be 21 and older. Please contact (773)-584-6632 with any questions.

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP!

Sponsorship & Marketing Opportunities

Looking to connect with active consumers at this event? For pricing and a customized benefits package, please contact Norine Smyth at 312-799-0354 or Laura Wilke at 773-584-6669.

Vendor Opportunities

We are now accepting vendor applications for Chicago Taco & Tequila Fest

To start a new application or edit an existing application you've already started, click on the link below for the type of vendor application:

Application Links

If you've applied to multiple events, you can access your RegisterOne vendor profile here.