August 30, 2012

Chicago Eats: Big Star in Wicker Park

Just looking at the pictures I took from a visit to Big Star is literally making my mouth water. Yum. If you live almost anywhere in the city, you've probably heard of Big Star! It's well known for delicious tacos and an awesome outdoor patio. It was built in an old garage, so it has a very casual vibe, but don't be fooled -- the food is top notch.

Be prepared for a wait, especially on a beautiful sunny day. We had an hour wait, but they take your number and call when your table is ready, so we were free to hop into another bar and have a bloody mary! When we did get seated, it was definitely worth the wait. If you live in the area, you can also opt for the takeout window, they do have a few picnic tables on that side you could sit and eat at as well.

Cutie Mom

The outdoor patio
It's a limited menu, but we tried almost all of the taco flavors and certainly didn't miss other options.

The guacamole is a must. I've never seen a radish garnish on guac before, but it's a cute serving idea for a party. And now, bring on the tacos! We had the pollo (roasted chicken thigh), fish, potato and pork belly. I would recommend any of them, but my favorite was the chicken and fish.

Potato taco with rajas chipotle, queso cotija, onion, cilantro

The fish taco, beer battered tilapia, chipotle mayo, cabbage, cilantro, lime
Somehow "the champagne of beers" just seemed right. If you go, they also have margarita pitchers and a pretty well stocked bar. There is also a daily special, $3 whiskey shots...try at your own risk.

Loved the chairs
 If you're in the area or even visiting for the weekend and want to get out of downtown, this is a must eat! If you back track and stop on North Ave on your way out, there are some cute shops and a huge Akira so you could make a nice afternoon of it.

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Big Star
Neighborhood: Wicker Park
1531 North Damen Avenue
Chicago, IL

August 23, 2012

Blooms: Hydrangeas

Is there anything better than flowers straight from the garden to your table? For the 4 years that I've lived in my building we have been slowly but surely improving our landscaping. Right before I came there was a lot of work done to plant grass in the backyard (in the middle of the city I might add!), then we had trees planted and last fall my dear neighbor Ben went to town filling in with perennials. I've been lovingly fertilizing and taking care of the hydrangeas since -- and it paid off!

 Blue hued hydrangeas in a mason jar.

Happy Thursday! What a looong work week, counting down to Friday over here... Headed back to Michigan for my cousin's wedding tomorrow afternoon! Do you guys have any fun plans for the weekend?

August 22, 2012

Words for Wednesday


Isn't this the truth? Sometimes I spend way too much time worrying about silly things and silly people. Waste of energy!

August 15, 2012

Words for Wednesday

Via Special Olympics Chicago
A little sad the Olympics are over, but I guess I get my nights back now! So many good moments, loved seeing Oscar Pistorius make history when he participated in the games! Such an inspiration.

August 3, 2012

Olympic Spirit

It's Olympic time! I love this time of year, so fun cheering on Team USA. I especially love watching the Men's Swim team...Ryan Lochte anyone? I was drooling over his shoot in Vogue. He's only the fourth man to appear on the cover of Vogue. I can see why they put him on :)

Via Vogue

There's a new guy in the mix this year too, let's hear it for Nathan Adrian! I was so happy for him when he won gold the other night.

 Who else is feeling extra patriotic these days?!


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