A honky tonk taqueria focusing on tequila, mezcal and house-selected barrels of whiskey, located in the heart of Chicago's Wicker Park.


August 18, 2016

Dust Up: Music Series on 8/28

August 28th marks our next summer BBQ installment, this one affectionately called “Girls, Grills, Grills.” This cook off will be led by the Women’s Brigade, Started by Abra Berens of Local Foods and Sarah Rinkavage of Lula Cafe to highlight the talents of Chicago Women in the industry, as well as to benefit a local farm. Old Forester and Jack Daniel’s will be sponsoring the event. 

July 17, 2016

Dust Up: Music Series on 7/24

Join us on July 24th for the 3rd in our summer music and grilling series! Lillie's Q will be joining us at the grill with guest chef Charlie McKenna and food specials will be available at 5pm. The live performance by Glass Mountain will kick off at 8pm. 

June 2, 2016

Dust Up: Music Series on 6/12

We'll be picking up our summer music + grilling series with a live performance by Chicago-based acoustic bluegrass band, Big Sadie, and a special menu featuring dishes from neighborhood chefs Bill Kim (Urbanbelly), Dennis Bernard (Dove’s Luncheonette) and Julie Warpinski (Big Star). In addition to live music and limited-time-only bites, guests will also enjoy special cocktails created by Big Star and Urbanbelly. Menu items and cocktails will be available a la carte and there is no additional cost to enjoy the live music.

Pescado Tostada a la Talla: grilled red chile marinated grouper, charred cucumber yogurt, ayocote bean and radish salad on tostada (Big Star)

Pulpo Al Pastor: charcoal grilled octopus, pastor spice, charred pineapple and cilantro on flour tortilla (Dove’s Luncheonette)

Belly Fire Burger Bao: two 2 oz beef patties, pickled cucumbers and onions, curry mayo, Belly Fire ketchup on a fresh steamed bun (Urbanbelly)

4pm - food & drink special start
8pm - live music begins 

May 12, 2016

Inaugural Dust Up: Music Series

Stop by on May 15th for the kick off to our summer music concert series. The fun starts at 7pm. Revolution Brewery and Old Forester are pitching in so expect excellent beer and bourbon delights! 

April 29, 2016

Closing Early on 5/2

We will be closing at 9pm on Monday, the 2nd for a private event. We apologize for any inconvenience. 

March 1, 2016

Heaven Hill and Big Star: Elijah Craig Tasting

Join Big Star on March 16 for an unprecedented whiskey class covering the history and taste of Elijah Craig bourbon, as well as an overview of bourbon’s connection to music. Guided by Heaven Hill’s Master Distiller Denny Potter, the intimate class features a tasting of several rare editions of Elijah Craig: Barrel Proof, 18 year, 21 year and 23 year. Bluegrass artist and whiskey professor Bernie Lubbers will also be on-site to provide a musical history of bourbon.


Tickets are $75 per person, plus tax and service. Please email laura@bigstarchicago.com to reserve your spot!

January 26, 2016


What do Kuma’s Corner and Big Star have in common you ask? A big ole crush on San Francisco’s 21st Amendment Brewing. To celebrate our mutual adoration we’re throwing a party for the brewery with our friends at Kuma’s on Monday, February 8 at 6:00pm. Expect extensive tap and can selections, as well as killer Baja-inspired dishes.

Beverage Highlights Include:
    ~ Sneak Attack Saison
    ~ Rare Hog Island Oyster Stout
    ~ Toaster Pastry Red Ale
    ~ Down to Earth Session IPA
    ~ Back in Black IPA
    ~ Brew Free! Or Die IPA


December 3, 2015

3 Floyds-Big Star New Year's Eve

This year (for the fourth year running), we’ll be ringing in the New Year with our brothers-in-arms, Three Floyds Brewing Company. What better way to celebrate than with a full tap takeover featuring Blot Out the Sun, Amber Smashed Face, Zombie Dust, Gumballhead, Swole Patrol, Chevalier Bertrand Du Guesclin and Arctic Panzer Wolf.


December 3, 2015

Big Star Country Christmas Show

Join Big Star and Heaven Hill on December 20, for our first annual Country Christmas Show featuring local artist Quarter Mile Thunder (Ben Clarke) alongside Angela James and Jordan Martins. Reborn as the Big Star house band, the trio will perform two sets of band-arranged holiday country favorites, as well as other Americana classics, leaning heavily on Townes Van Zandt. Emotive, ethereal and beautifully haunting, Quarter Mile Thunder and Angela James’ performances evoke hushing Americana authenticity.

At 6:00pm, the lights will dim and we’ll welcome one and all to what we know will be a highly memorable live experience. Seasonal food and cocktail specials will be featured as well.

December 2, 2015

Holiday Hours

In celebration of Christmas, we will be closed on Thursday, December 25th and on Friday, December 26th, and will open for regular business on Saturday, December 27th. 

However, our sister restaurant, Nico Osteria will be serving a special four course Feast of Seven Fishes (Christmas Eve) and a special Christmas Day menu, in addition to the regular dinner menu. 

Christmas Eve 3:00pm to 10:00pm

Christmas Day 2:00pm to 9:00pm

To make a reservation, please call 312.944.7100 or reserve online

November 8, 2015

Thanksgiving hours

We will be closed on Thursday, November 26 in celebration of Thanksgiving, and will open again for our regular business hours on Friday, November 27. 

However, our sister restaurant, Nico Osteria will be serving a special four course fixed price Thanksgiving menu in addition to the regular dinner menu. Call 312.994.7100 to secure your spot. 

Publican Quality Meats will be open for special holiday hours for all your Thanksgiving essentials. 

Tuesday 24th 8:00am-8:00pm 

Wednesday 25th 8:00am-6:00pm

October 26, 2015

Host a taco-filled celebration!

Make your holiday party a fiesta this year with Big Star tacos and margaritas! Available for seated dinners and cocktail parties for 15 - 45 guests, and buyouts for up to 130. 

Already have a venue in mind? We'll bring the best of Big Star to you with drop-off catering, the Big Star Food Truck or full-service catering.


October 6, 2015

The Lynn Sage Foundation In Good Taste Campaign

This October, Big Star is excited to participate in The Lynn Sage Foundation’s In Good Taste campaign. In solidarity, and to build awareness, we will donate one dollar from the sale of every Limeade purchased.

All proceeds support The Lynn Sage Foundation’s Scholars Program at Northwestern University Medical Center, where the most talented leaders in research work for a breast cancer cure.

July 22, 2015

Big Star & The Publican's Wathen's Barrel Release Party, 7/28

Join Big Star and The Publican on Tuesday, July 28th at 6:00pm as we celebrate the release of our Wathen’s Kentucky Bourbon single barrel. Stop by for killer food specials from both kitchens, cocktails crafted by The Publican and Big Star’s beverage folks and (obviously) shots of whiskey. We selected a whiskey together, so we’re going to party like it too.

Cocktail specials featuring the exclusive bourbon include:

-Apricot and anise Bourbon Sour

-Old Fashioned 

-Cherry bounce-inspired punch with lemon-cherry oleo and wild cherry bark tea

Wathen's Bourbon owner Sam Medley will be on-site to lead guests through the distilling process, and exclusive event t-shirts will be available for purchase. Operates on a first come, first served basis–admission is free!

June 18, 2015

Isolated in the Light

A playlist for your listening enjoyment curated by bartender Eric Puls. Find it here on Spotify.

June 17, 2015


For Carry Out or Delivery

Big Star offers a do-it-yourself taco bar for catering, allowing you to recreate the Big Star experience at home, work or anywhere in between! The taco fillings, tortillas, and associated garnishes come packaged separately and served buffet style so you can build your own tacos while also easily accommodating any dietary restrictions.


For more information or to place an order, please complete the form below or contact our catering team at catering@bigstarchicago.com or 312-860-1315.

Catering Inquiry Form

In order to best serve you we request 24 hrs. notice for all catering orders.

Please call or email during business hours (Monday-Friday 9am-6pm) to check availability as certain days may be at capacity.

Menu prices are subject to change.


Thank you kindly for thinking of Big Star Catering for your event. What a fabulous way to share your love of Big Star by having us be part of your special event! We presently offer several catering options to make your one of kind corporate function, private party or wedding both easy and fun.

To find out more about the options below, please fill out our event inquiry form. If you would like to contact us directly, please email catering@bigstarchicago.com or call 312-860-1315.

Event Inquiry Form



Let us bring the party to you! We provide the ultimate Big Star experience for events large & small which includes a full taco bar buffet and Big Star inspired appetizers, beverages and desserts. We also have great vendor recommendations for venues and rentals!


For all your al fresco events and parties let the Big Star food truck roll up and cater your next event!  Our casual menu is meant to satisfy casual weddings, corporate events and "late night bites"! Minimum food & beverage is $1,200.00 plus tax, gratuity and processing fee.



Big Star provides semi-private space that can accommodate groups from 15 to 45 guests in our atrium space. Semi-private events are 2 hours in duration.  Minimum food & beverage prices are dependent on the day & season of the event. 




Big Star is able to accommodate groups up to 140 guests in the winter, and up to 300 in the summer when our patio is open. Buyouts can be booked for a 4 hour time frame during lunch or dinner. Minimum food & beverage prices are dependent on the day & season of the event. 

April 20, 2015

Tortilla & Salsa 101 | Sunday 5/10

Do you have dreams of recreating Big Star tacos in your home kitchen? Join us for Tortilla and Salsa 101, a hands on class covering tortilla and salsa making, all while chowing down on ceviche, guacamole and tacos. The class offers the rare opportunity to learn directly from the pros in our commissary kitchen, all with a margarita (or beer) in hand. The class begins at 7:00pm and space is limited to 12 pupils per evening, making for a truly intimate evening.

To secure a spot, please contact laura@bigstarchicago.com. Cost is $175/person.

April 15, 2015

Dim Lights, Deep Cuts, Rare Beers: A Big Star & Dove’s Luncheonette Celebration

We at Big Star jump on any opportunity to throw a party, and releasing two Belgian ales aged in Lunazul Tequila barrels with Goose Island Beer Company seems like a good enough reason to us! Throw Dove’s Luncheonette into the mix, a few killer DJs and we’ve got ourselves a rager. On Tuesday, April 28 at 7:00pm chefs Dennis Bernard and Tom Van Lente will plate up bites from both Damen haunts, alongside pours a plenty of Big Star and Goose’s Sophia as well as Goose’s Summer, My Shout, the Illinois and Halia. 

Menu highlights include:

-Salchichas de Res with elote-style asparagus

-Duck Confit Sopes with black bean, olive and rhubarb

-Snapper Aguachile

-Suckling Pig Huaraches

Goose Island Beer Company’s Brewer Eric Ponce will be on-hand to field questions, and walk guests through the brewing process

$65 per person

Purchase tickets here 

(beer included in ticket price, cash bar available for liquor and wine)

March 20, 2015

Firestone Walker Beer Dinner 3/31

Big Star is home to a very special bourbon barrel with more mileage than many small cars; it has aged bourbon, mezcal and most recently a collaboration beer with Firestone Walker Brewing Company. To launch the brew (and our little barrel's safe return home) we're hosting a four-course paired dinner on Tuesday, March 31 at 6:30pm.    

The barrel began its journey as home to a house-selected W.L. Weller Antique 107 bourbon, before making its way to Santiago Matatlan, Oaxaca, Mexico. There we worked with Fidencio to develop a bourbon barrel-aged mezcal. After a tenuous trip through Mexican customs, the mezcal made its way across country lines and back to Chicago.

A barrel with two lives is a very fortunate existence, one we recounted in conversation to Firestone Walker, and thus our little barrel made its way to Paso Robles, California to blend a beer. The outcome of the project is "Viaje de Roble," a hugely expressive strong ale. Having spent a year in a border crossing barrel, wood seasoned with the terroir of Kentucky, Mexico and California, the barrel is home. We're hosting a dinner to celebrate!


Welcome Beer - Pivo Pils

Spiced Pork Rinds


1st Course - Easy Jack IPA & Fidencio Mezcal

Citrus, octopus and frisee salad


2nd Course - DBA Amber & Weller

Roasted beets with mole rojo and queso fresco


3rd Course - Union Jack IPA

Guinea hen carnitas, charred salsa and tortillas


4th Course - Viaje de Roble Barrel Aged Ale

Whole roasted fish, smoked lengua, and pumpkin seed vinaigrette


$65 per person, plus tax and service


Please contact events@bigstarchicago.com for tickets!

March 2, 2015

Dine to End MS

March is MS Awareness month. In solidarity, One Off Hospitality Group is participating in "Dine to End MS" to help raise money for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Stop by any One Off location through the month of March to contribute. We will be donating $1 for each Limeade sold here at Big Star.

February 4, 2015

New Catering Menus!

Big Star has a new and improved catering menu! Our menu now offers all our delicious tacos and sides a la carte, making it easier to customize your catered event! We also offer desserts from Anna Posey at The Publican and ALCOHOL!!! Yes! Big Star now has a Catering Liquor License which allows us to sell liquor with drop off catering orders as well as serve at off premise events.

Head over to the Catering tab to see the new menu or place an order!

December 4, 2014


This year, we’ll be ringing in the New Year with our brothers-in-arms, Three Floyds Brewing Company. What better way to celebrate than with a full tap takeover featuring perennial favorite Gumballhead, as well as rarities like Blot Out The Sun, Yum Yum, Big Tiddy Assassin and Space Station Middle Finger?

November 24, 2014

Off Color Beer Dinner

For Chef Cary Taylor’s first beer dinner of the season, he has teamed up with local beer heroes Off Color Brewing for a four-course paired evening on Tuesday, December 9th at 6:30pm. Each course will be paired with a different Off Color Brewing selection, plus a welcome beer on entry. The excitement doesn't stop there: brewers from Off Color will be on-hand to field questions, and walk guests through the brewing process. The four-course beer paired menu is $50 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Contact events@bigstarchicago.com to reserve a spot.

BEER LIST | Fierce | Apex Predator | Biere de Garde Dog | Dinos'mores

Starting at 8:00pm we will host the Off Color brewers for a tap takeover. If you can't make dinner, you'll still have a chance to get your hands on some Fierce, Apex Predator, Biere de Garde Dog and Dinos'mores.

November 23, 2014

Christmas Trees

It's the most wonderful time of the year, Christmas trees are back at Big Star! Bundle up and head on over for tacos and Fraser Firs galore. City Tree Delivery will set up shop on our patio beginning Friday, November 28 through Christmas Eve. 

Hours of Operation:
Monday and Friday: 12:00pm to 9:00pm
Tuesday-Thursday: 4:00pm to 9:00pm
Saturday and Sunday: 9:00am to 9:00pm 

November 18, 2014

Celebrate the holidays with Big Star!

From Big Star’s do-it-yourself taco bar to full service catering, our Mexican street food inspired menu brings the best of Big Star directly to you. Cater your next holiday party or corporate lunch with Big Star!

Various packages available, starting at $10/person.

Contact margaret@bigstarchicago.com or 312.860.1315.

October 28, 2014


Big Star delivery now available! 

October 22, 2014


At Big Star, our dedication to good food is rivaled only by our commitment to good music. As such, hosting James Beard Award-winning Del Posto pastry chef and acclaimed punk drummer Brooks Headley was a no-brainer. Headley will set up shop on Monday, November 10th at 6:00pm to serve up his legendary veggie burger, and offer samples from his new cookbook “Brooks Headley's Fancy Desserts. To sweeten the deal, Headley will curate the evening’s musical selection…scratchy vinyl is surely in our future. 

October 22, 2014


Preparing dinner alongside acclaimed chef Marcus Samuelsson in his Harlem home is an opportunity few of us will ever experience. However, a cooking demonstration from Samuelsson’s “Marcus Off Duty: The Recipes I Cook at Home” with special guest Paul Kahan is a pretty good approximation.

On Saturday, November 8th at 7:00pm Chef Marcus Samuelsson will join Paul Kahan in Big Star’s newly constructed Commissary Kitchen for a cooking demo and light bites showcasing recipes from "Marcus Off Duty." Menu highlights include Chipotle Chicken Skewers and Steak Fajitas straight off the grill, as well as Fried Snapper Tacos and Ethiopian Tostadas.

$55 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Please contact events@bigstarchicago.com to reserve seats.

October 20, 2014

CTA Construction & Road Closures

The Damen CTA Blue Line stop is closed for construction until mid-December. Here are a few more things to note when heading to Big Star in the next 2 months.

North Avenue will be closed just West of North/Damen/Milwaukee Avenue for 70 days starting Monday October 13th through December 22, 2014. North Avenue will be closed to vehicular traffic Sunday - Thursday from 9pm-5am and Friday/Saturday from 9pm - 7am. Pedestrian access will be maintained on one side of the street. Buses will be rerouted around the street closure.

Damen Avenue will also be closed to vehicular traffic in the overnight hours for a 63 day period from October 20, 2104 - December 22, 2014. The hours of the street closure will be consistent with North Avenue: Sunday -Thursday 9pm-5am and Friday/Saturday 9pm-7am.


1531 N Damen
Chicago, IL 60622

Mon-Fri 11:30am – 2:00am
Sat 11:00am – 3:00am
Sun 11:00am - 2:00am
*21 years and over after 8pm*

Kitchen & To-Go Window
Sun–Fri 11:30am – 1:30am
Fri-Sat 11:30am – 2:30am
Breakfast at to-go Fri-Sun 9am-11am
*To-Go hours are
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