All tacos are not created equal. And all local
taquerías in Chicago certainly are not equally suited to family
visits (think long lines, margarita-swilling happy hour-goers or
super spicy dishes). However, the city is home to many delicious
taco establishments that welcome you and your tortilla-loving
brood. Here are some of your best bets.
Co-owner Ashley Ortiz says, "Antique Taco is a casual but
creative setting with farmers market tacos. The menu is small, but
we pack in lots of flavor with each item."
The tacos come in pairs of two so they are made to share.
Ortiz recommends visiting during the more casual lunch hour if you
have a large group with kids.
Kid-friendly menu items: "Kids
love the chips and guacamole and the ribeye taco with cheese only.
A horchata milkshake is always a great way to end the
meal," says Ortiz.
Location: 1360 N. Milwaukee Ave., Wicker
This modern-day taquería turns out hand-pressed, made-to-order
tacos with fresh and inventive ingredients.
Family-friendly features: The
tacos are served a la carte so families can order up a variety to
share (platter of eight tacos for $28). Go early and try to score a
table in the quieter back room. During weekdays, you can stop in
for lunch in a more casual (and budget-friendly) setting.
Kid-friendly menu items:
Standouts include the tres queso tacos and pulled pork
Location: 814 W. Randolph, West Loop
This isn't your everyday taco stand. In fact, you can only get
one of Rubi's popular tacos on Sundays. "These are tacos for people
who love meat," says Evelyn Ramirez, the owner's daughter.
"Everything is made on site so it is the freshest it can be."
The market offers a fun family environment, and a taco lunch
is just one part of the experience.
Kid-friendly menu items: The
menu is the same every Sunday and features lots of variety. Top
sellers include the al pastor and grilled steak. Ramirez notes that
kids especially love the steak tacos and plain
Location: New Maxwell Street Market, 800 S.
This location has an extremely loyal customer-base that has indulged at the family-owned taco stop for more than 40 years.
Family-friendly features: This place is cheap and casual. The menu is simple. The decor is basically non-existent. But you and your kids are welcome, and everyone will leave with a full belly.
Kid-friendly menu items: The carne asada is the most popular item for kids and adults alike.
Location: 1140 N. Ashland, Ukrainian Village