Big Star

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MONDAY - FRIDAY: 11:30 A.M. - 2 A.M. | SATURDAY: 11:30 A.M. - 2:30 A.M. | SUNDAY: 11 A.M. - 2 A.M.
773.235.4039 | WEBSITE

A little slice of Austin in Wicker Park, Big Star is about as country as Chicago gets—which is to say, not very. Vintage neon and a vinyl soundtrack are the only hints of kitsch at this 1940s gas station-turned-taqueria, whose garage doors open onto one of the most popular patios in town. Tacos and tequila are the stars here; craft cocktails are deliciously pretense-free, and a well curated selection of whiskey and craft beers make a great case for whiling the afternoon away.

Known For
  • day drinking
  • full menu
  • craft cocktails
  • outdoors / patio
  • lots of whiskey
  • lots of tequila / mezcal
What to drink
The perfect Paloma, fresh-juice Margaritas, Micheladas, brown-and-stirred cocktails, any number of high-end tequilas.
Neighborhood
Wicker Park
ProTip
On even the mildest of sunny days, the patio gets very crowded. Wait for an al fresco table if you must, but if your party is small, there’s a good chance you’ll sooner snag a few stools at the bar. It’s more fun inside, anyway, and service is snappy.

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