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Tenth Annual Lakeview Taco Fest

Whether one prefers their taco shells filled with traditional chicken, steak, chorizo and beef, or stuffed with imaginative ingredients such as mushrooms, seafood, goat and duck, this fest is a wildly popular fixture to the Windy City’s food scene. Fourteen local eateries challenge themselves to make the tastiest tacos. The Lakeview Taco Fest will be held Sat-Sun, August 26-27 at 3500 N. Southport Ave. between Addison and Roscoe. Visit from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. daily.

The fest also features special Margarita and Modelo beer and taco pairings, two music stages, crowd-pleasing Luche Libre Mexican wrestlers (5 p.m. daily), activities for kids (inflatables and games), and visitors can text vote for Chicago’s “Best Taco.” Sample tasty tacos from the city’s top vendors such as Tuco & Blondie, Barconia, Beat Kitchen, Taqueria La Ciudad, Taqueria Arceo, La Cebollita Grill, D.S Tequila Company, Cabos Tacos, Enrique’s Place, Banges Mexican Food, El Campeon, Prime Tacos, Carnitas Roldan and last year’s Critic’s Choice Winner Tikki Masala Taco House by Tandoor Char House.

Music acts include:

South Stage Entertainment at Roscoe
11:30am – Mariachi Los Palmeros
1:00pm – Too Fighters
3:00pm – Chicago Latin Groove
5:00pm – Run Forrest Run
7:30pm – Mr. Blotto

11:30am – Mariachi Los Palmeros
1:00pm – Pino Farina Band
3:00pm – iPop
5:00pm – Modern English
7:00pm – Dancing Queen: An ABBA Salute

North Stage Entertainment at Addison
2:00pm – School of Rock – Chicago
4:00pm – Rosie & The Rivets
6:00pm – Breakfast Club
8:00pm – Kashmir

11:15am – School of Rock – Andersonville
1:00pm – The 77 Solution
2:30pm – Caliente
5:00pm – Hello Weekend
7:30pm – 16 Candles


Lakeview Taco Fest benefits Friends of Lakeview, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and partner of the Lakeview Roscoe Village Chamber of Commerce and Special Service Area (SSA) 27. By leveraging individual and corporate donations, grants, and other sources of funding, it supports a resilient local economy and high quality of life for the benefit of businesses and residents in Chicago’s Lakeview community by improving and enhancing public streets and spaces, creating memorable experiences, and promoting the neighborhood. For more information, visit


A $10 donation is suggested.


For more information, visit Lakeview Taco Fest – Special Events Management (


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