Where to Dine on National Taco Day 10.4


Cantina Laredo

Cantina Laredo

Local Restaurants Feature Specials and Dining Deals

Friday, October 4

Chicagoans love their tacos, and National Taco Day is the perfect time to indulge in these tortilla-wrapped Mexican treasures. OnFriday, October 4, four area restaurants (Nacional 27; Taco Joint; Cantina Laredo; High Noon Saloon) will offer taco specials, from half-priced deals to fun flavors (think: Cactus taco; Michelada taco) that are sure to satisfy any taco fanatic. The specific offers, tacos and locations are outlined below.

Nacional 27
Nacional 27 will celebrate National Taco Day with half-priced tiny tacos from 5 p.m. until midnight on Friday, October 4. Chef Chico Vilchez’s taco offerings include: Queso with pepper jack, mozzarella, roasted poblano; BBQ’D Lamb with organic agave, avocado salsa; Grilled Beef Tenderloin with spicy tomatillo salsa; Shrimp & Scallops with avocado, lime, romaine lettuce; and Chimichurri Chicken with pepper jack cheese and nopales (regularly $4.95 each). Come for the tacos, and stay for the hot Latin sounds of DJ Konsept from 11 p.m.-2 a.m.  325 W. Huron Street, Chicago IL, 60654 312-664-2727  N27Chicago.com

Taco Joint
On National Taco Day, Taco Joint in River North and Lincoln Park will offer any three tacos for $5 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Looking for a late night fix? After 10 p.m., all tacos will be just $2 each (regularly $3-$3.50). As an added bonus, guests who post an Instagram photo of their tacos with the hashtag #tacoday will receive complimentary chips, salsa and guacamole. Taco Joint’s menu features: Barbacoa (braised beef, cilantro, onion, roasted red jalapeno salsa); Cochinita (Yucatan pulled pork, pickled red onions, habanero salsa); Enchilada (salsa verde pulled chicken, tomatillo pico, crispy queso Chihuahua); Michelada (beer marinated flank steak, arugula, green onions, sangrita salsa); Panela (grilled queso panela, black bean salsa, guajillo-mushrooms, arugula); and more. Pair your tacos with a can of Tecate and a shot of El Jimador tequila blanco for $5 (available all day). For the complete menu, visit TacoJoint.com.  158 W. Ontario St., Chicago, IL 60654  312-337-8226 and 1969 N. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60614 312-951-2457  

Cantina Laredo
Cantina Laredo in River North will feature half-priced tacos in the upstairs lounge from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, October 4 (three to an order, regularly $9-$13). Choose from: Carnitas (slow-roasted pork, chipotle wine sauce); Pollo Cascabel (spicy chicken, marinated onions, queso fresco); Pescado (Mahi Mahi, marinated vegetables, queso fresco, chipotle aioli); Camarones (shrimp, marinated vegetables, queso fresco, guajillo salsa); Picadillo (seasoned ground beef, sauteed onions, jalapenos, queso fresco); Barbacoa (slow-roasted brisket, marinated onions, Monterey Jack cheese, cilantro); and Tacos de Ahi Tuna (mini, crispy ahi tuna tacos with chipotle aioli, jicama slaw, guacamole).  508 N. State Street Chicago, IL 60654 312-955-0014CantinaLaredo.com 

High Noon Saloon
In addition to their regular taco selections (Al Pastor; Beer Battered Tilapia; Braised Chicken; Smoked Brisket), Wicker Park’s High Noon Saloon will feature two additional flavors in celebration of National Taco Day. On Friday, October 4, Chef Ruben Beltran will offer a Smoked Salmon taco (house smoked salmon, chipotle mayo, chopped arugula, cherry tomatoes, radish, onions) for $4, along with a Cactus taco (fried cactus, red peppers, zucchini, carrots, pico de gallo, morita salsa) for $3.  1560 N. Milwaukee Avenue Chicago, IL 60622 773-227-9339 HighNoonChicago.com

Ugly Sweater Contest at Nacional 27 12.22

National 27

National 27

325 West Huron
Chicago, IL 60654

Eat, Drink and Dance While Wearing Your Holiday Worst

Saturday, December 22
11 p.m.- 3 a.m.

Break out that horrendous holiday sweater and head to Nacional 27! On Saturday, December 22, the River North restaurant and salsa club will offer a special holiday edition of “Vida 27,” Chicago’s hottest Latin dance party. DJ-X will spin salsa, meringue and bachata from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m., and guests are encouraged to dance the night away wearing their holiday worst.  Those wearing a tacky holiday sweater will be entered to win dinner for four at Nacional 27, and the $10 cover charge will be waived. In addition to the regular cocktail menu, special “Holiday Mojitos” will be offered for $8 (Cruzan Rum, Cranberry, Clove, Cinnamon). For table reservations, call Nacional 27 at 312.664.2727.

StyleChicago’s South Beach Style Girls Night Out 3.1

Fourth Annual Ultimate Girls Night Out Event
When: Thursday, March 1
6-9 p.m.
Where: Nacional 27
325 West Huron
Chicago, IL 60610
VIP Tickets $45 (includes goodie bag)
General Admission$35

Nacional 27 will hold the fourth annual StyleChicago “South Beach Style” girls night out event on Thursday, March 1 from 6-9 p.m. This fun, very girly party with a Latin twist includes: creative cocktails; Hey Mambo wine; Peroni beer; a variety of passed tapas, ceviche and small plates; Salsa dancing instruction; Zumba lessons; fabulous fashions; and spa and beauty services. All ticket holders will have a chance to win designer prizes and giveaways.

VIP tickets are $45 and include early admission (5:30 p.m.) and the highly sought-after, signature StyleChicago goodie bag with over 30 fabulous items (general admission tickets are $35). This event is for those 21 and over. Tickets may be purchased at StyleChicago.com or by calling 1-800-838-3006.