Margaritas are a staple drink of summertime in Chicago. They're refreshing, tasty and appropriate to enjoy with brunch, lunch or dinner. The top Chicago margaritas on this list will make you want to venture out for Mexican cuisine on more than just Taco Tuesdays or Cinco de Mayo!
Antique Taco has three locations in Chicago, so there's probably one nearby. This casual eatery is known for their delicious tacos, but their margaritas are seriously underrated. Their House Rosemary Margarita tastes just as refreshing as it looks. Lime, orange juice and fresh rosemary make for a unique flavor combination. Order it by the glass or quart.
Antique Taco Wicker Park | 1360 N. Milwaukee Avenue | 773-687-8697
Antique Taco Bridgeport | 1000 W. 35th Street | 773-823-9410
Antique Taco Chiquito | 125 S. Clark Street (inside Revival Food Hall) | 773-770-6195
The margaritas at Rick Bayless' upscale Mexican restaurant live up to their hype. Try the Champagne Margarita for a fancy twist on a classic. Their Topolo margarita is shaken tableside with housemade lemonade. Or, try the Splurge Margarita on a special occasion—it will set you back $30.
Frontera Grill | 445 N. Clark Street | 312-661-1434
This lively Lakeview hangout is known for their modern Mexican fare, tasty drinks and large outdoor patio. They have plenty of margarita flavors to satisfy any taste including watermelon, blackberry and, for the heat lover, the jalapeno-infused Margarita en Fuego. Order one with brunch, lunch or dinner.
Barcococina | 2901 N. Sheffield Avenue | 773-687-9949
This colorful and casual Mexican cantina serves up margaritas that are just as delicious as they are wallet-friendly ($8–$10). They have three convenient locations–Lincoln Park, Gold Coast, and River North. Try their Horchata Margarita or the Black n' Green: Negra Modelo beer poured over a frozen zocalo margarita.
Taco Joint Lincoln Park | 1969 N. Halsted Street | 312-951-2457
Taco Joint Gold Coast | 520 N. Michigan Avenue (inside The Shops at North Bridge)
Taco Joint River North | 158 W. Ontario Street | 312-337-8226
Big Star is a favorite spot for Wicker Park locals (and really all Chicagoans). Sit outside with friends on a warm day and enjoy tacos and a pitcher of Classic or Big Star Margaritas. The Big Star margarita is simply refreshing with lime and orange curacao, and is lightly sweetened with agave.
Big Star | 1531 N. Damen Avenue | 773-235-4039
El Nuevo is a great spot for Tex-Mex style eats and classic margaritas. Choose from many flavors such as mango, pomegranate and agave nectar. Or, opt for their Skinny Margarita for less calories, but definitely not less taste. You can score $5 House Lime Margaritas during happy hour from 4 to 6 p.m. on Monday through Thursday.
El Nuevo Mexicano | 2914 N. Clark Street | 773-528-2131
Cesar's Killer Margaritas really does live up to its name. With two locations on Broadway and Clark, the family-owned restaurant has more than a dozen margarita flavors, plus some seasonal options. Choose between on the rocks or blended, then pick salt or sugar for the rim. Try their Chile Salt for an added kick.
Cesar's Killer Margaritas | 2924 N. Broadway Street | 773-296-9097
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