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Big Star

#128 of 7,613 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
Northwest Side
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1531 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60622-1906
+1 773-252-7767
11:30 - 02:00
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Sun - Fri 11:30 - 02:00
Sat 11:30 - 03:00
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17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Yummy tacos and margaritas with a very local vibe in Wicker Park area. Loads of outdoor seating and a large circular bar.

Thank Karen H
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

We ate here the weekend of the world series and every table was full. Within a couple minutes we had water and drink orders in, but the time the pitcher of margarita came our food was less then 2 minutes behind. The tacos were amazing, each one was unique with it's own flavors. I would highly recommend!

Thank Marin D
Los Angeles, California
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24 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016 via mobile

Big Star is a must when in Chicago. We always took friends from out of town here because the scene/people watching is great, patio is fun (they have heat lamps when the weather gets a bit cold), the food is amazing and the margaritas are on point. Be prepared for a wait, but it's never been as long as they've... More 

Thank Patricia L
Chicago, Illinois
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74 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

The potato taco was great for someone looking for a veggie option, yet a bit spicy. I was extremely disappointed they couldn't make something not on the menu even though they had all the ingredients. (guacamole, taco, lettuce, and cheese) Too bad, they lost that part of the sale. Sat with my friend while they ate. Most things on the... More 

Thank Terryl D
Chicago, Illinois
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26 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Chicago is loaded with good eats and Big Star is no exception. Located right on the border of bucktown and wicker park in Chicago, this place is always full of people, always has a good vibe and serves up some excellent tacos and booze. While all of the entries on the menu are fantastic, my favorites are the fish tacos... More 

Thank Mambo L
St Andrews, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016 via mobile

Best tacos in all the lands (including Mexico). MUST have the chorizo taco and steak taco, fresh, fast and furiously good. Friendly service, well made cocktails, extensive beer list.... What more do you need? Sit at the bar for banter with locals and staff. Top tip, keep your tab open as you will want to keep ordering more. We had... More 

Thank dmcl_II
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55 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016 via mobile

This place is amazing and you can tell by the constant crowd. Everyone I've ever known to go here loves it and it does not disappoint. I got the fish tacos and steak and they were so good! Will be returning for sure.

Thank Kelsey S
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016

After a full day riding my bike around the city without stopping for food, I was absolutely starving. A friend recommended Big Star and I can see why! Vibrant atmosphere, outstanding food, friendly staff – select a size meals with tacos and well-made cocktails means you can go as big or small as you want, all at a very reasonable... More 

1 Thank Winston H
Conway, Arkansas
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33 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

Eat where the "locals" eat proves true again! Had dinner in this renovated gas station. Location was great. Inside was a little loud - the speakers were a bit "hot" where we were sitting. If seated outdoors, they had standing heaters. I had one of the best margarita's I have ever had. We had guacamole and Queso Fundido as our... More 

1 Thank TheresaR2
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016 via mobile

Great dining are with really good quick service. But if you are in the mood for carry out then the walk up window is where you want to go

Thank Spyeyes

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Latin, Bar, Spanish
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Bar Scene
Open Hours
11:30 - 02:00
11:30 - 02:00
11:30 - 02:00
11:30 - 02:00
11:30 - 02:00
11:30 - 02:00
11:30 - 03:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1531 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60622-1906
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > Northwest Side
  • Neighbourhood: Northwest Side
  • Phone Number: +1 773-252-7767
From the creators of Avec and Blackbird is a taco stand with delicious house-made tortillas in one of Chicago's biggest hipster arenas.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?