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Sam Adams Lakeview Taco Fest

Sam Adams Lakeview Taco Fest

Date: Saturday & Sunday, September 16-17
Time: 11am to 10pm Daily
Location: On Southport between Addison & Roscoe | Chicago
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Beneficiary: Lakeview Chamber of Commerce

The glorious taco will again be in the spotlight when the tortilla-wrapped fave is celebrated at this annual flavor-filled food happening that returns for its fifth year in 2017. It's also a celebration of seasonal beers as well as the start of autumn.

Whether one prefers their shells filled with traditional chicken, steak, chorizo and beef, or stuffed with imaginative ingredients such as mushrooms, seafood, goat and duck, this September fest in the bustling Southport Corridor has become a wildly popular fixture to the Windy City's food fest scene. Each year well over a dozen local eateries challenge themselves to make the tastiest tacos.

The fest also features special beer and taco pairings, two music stages, crowd-pleasing Mexican wrestlers, activities for kids, and visitors can text vote for Chicago's "Best Taco."

A $10 suggested donation benefits the Lakeview Chamber of Commerce.

Lucha Libre Mexican Wrestling
Daily at 5:00pm at Cornelia & Southport
Lucha libre, is a term used in Mexico, and other Spanish-speaking countries, for a form of professional wrestling that has developed within those countries. Although the term nowadays refers exclusively to professional wrestling, it was originally used in the same style as the English term "freestyle wrestling", referring to an amateur wrestling style without the restrictions of Greco-Roman wrestling.

Mexican wrestling is characterized by colorful masks, rapid sequences of holds and maneuvers, as well as "high-flying" maneuvers, some of which have been adopted in the United States. The wearing of masks has developed special significance, and matches are sometimes contested in which the loser must permanently remove his mask, which is a wager with a high degree of weight attached. Tag team wrestling is especially prevalent in lucha libre, particularly matches with three-member teams, called trios.

Lucha libre wrestlers are known as luchadores (singular luchador) ("wrestler(s)"). They usually come from extended wrestling families who form their own stables. One such line integrated to the United States professional wrestling scene is Los Guerreros.

2016 Participating Vendors Serving Tacos!
800 W. Washington Blvd., Chicago
Since opening its doors in Chicago's West Loop in 2014, this innovative Mexican restaurant (also known simply as 'Mas') has captivated both food critics and the public with its truly creative menu offerings that takes Latin cuisine to new levels. (Rib-Eye Asada, Pork Belly in Green Mole and Shrimp with Spanish chorizo and bacon)

Beat Kitchen
2100 W Belmont Ave, Chicago
Although they're best known for their wildly eclectic nightly music bookings, this Belmont Avenue entertainment emporium also has outstanding food and beer offerings. (Chicken, fish and steak tacos.)

NEW! Brownstone Tavern & Grill
3937 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago
This spacious sports bar with upscale pub food located on Lincoln Avenue in Chicago's North Center neighborhood cooks up a tight but tasty menu of burgers, mac 'n cheese bowls and, yes, mouth-watering tacos. (Cajun steak, lemon pepper shrimp and BBQ tacos.)

Café El Tapatio
3400 N Ashland Ave, Chicago
Amazing and delicious are just a few ways customers of this West Lakeview eatery describe El Tapatio which has been a neighborhood fave for more than two decades. Their extensive menu includes at least a dozen taco choices including steak, chorizo, chicken and pork. Long before tacos became fashionable, Café El Tapatio wrote the book on authentic Mexican cuisine. (Pulled short rib and Portobello tacos.)

3612 N. Southport, Chicago
It may be shoebox in size, but this wildly popular Southport Corridor eatery is well-known to neighborhood residents for its empanadas, baked goods, coffees and other tasty offerings. (BBQ goat, black bean and meat tacos.)

Crosby's Kitchen
3455 N Southport Ave, Chicago
Casual and comfortable, this popular Southport Corridor restaurant excels with its salads, sandwiches, fish and rotisserie offerings. It's a family-friendly eatery where there's always a crowd for their lunches, dinners and celebrated weekend brunches. (Chicken and pork tacos.)

Dive Bar
3445 North Halsted, Chicago
Located on Halsted Street in Lakeview, Dive Bar is a seafood restaurant and specialty rum bar. Market fresh crab, oysters, clams, shrimp and fish are among the items on their thoughtful menu. But cocktails and craft beers, including a choice of more than 200 rums (!), make Dive Bar a ship worthy of any first-class ocean excursion. (Steak and beer-battered steak tacos.)

D.S. Tequila Company
3352 N Halsted St, Chicago
This popular Halsted establishment in Lakeview proudly touts its burgers, tacos and tequila. And they're serious. Name another place that has an "all the tacos you can eat" night. And who else has a selection that includes crispy fried chicken, grilled fish, pulled pork and tequila shrimp tacos, to name just a few. (Coffee-rubbed steak, tequila shrimp and bourbon chicken tacos.)

Flaco's Tacos
725 S Dearborn St., Chicago
With locations in the South Loop and near Water Tower Place, Flaco's specializes in simple Mexican foods. They're modest to a fault, but their eclectic menu offering is totally ambitious: every imaginable Mexican dish is on their menu, and affordably priced as well. (Grilled chicken and grilled steak tacos.)

NEW! Garifuna Flava
2518 W. 63rd St., Chicago
This popular Caribbean restaurant on the city's southwest side is as authentic as it gets. From seafood dishes and soups to Belizean stew chicken and their tacos, the words "heavenly," "unpretentious" and "amazing" are just a few of the ways Garifuna is described by their avid and loyal customers. (Chicken and beef tacos.)

New England Seafood Company Fish Market
3341 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago
From everyday dining to indulging with someone special, New England Seafood on Lincoln Avenue near Roscoe has built a reputation for their fresh fish and outstanding service. With its owners having more than four decades of experience in seafood retail, wholesale and specialty food events, their menu offers an amazing array of fish options for brunch, lunch or dinner. (Fish and lobster tacos.)

The Pony
1638 W Belmont Ave, Chicago
The Pony's neighborhood charm and laid back approach provides an ideal backdrop for any type of crowd. Whether drinks with friends, or grabbing a bite from the mouthwatering Southwestern-inspired menu, this cozy West Lakeview inn is sure to delight with their wrapped tortillas. (Duck, smoked pork and smoked beef tacos.)

Taco Joint
158 W Ontario St., Chicago \ 1969 N Halsted St., Chicago
Expect top-notch tortilla-stuffed faves from this authentic Mexican comfort food eatery with locations in Lincoln Park and River North. The menu includes daily tacos specials seven days a week. And their extensive menu includes four tortas and 10 taco options ranging from chicken and beef to shrimp, stewed mushrooms, and beer-battered tilapia fillet with cabbage. (BBQ chicken, beef and pork tacos.)

2863 E 95th St, Chicago
With two locations on Chicago's far southeast side, this ma-and-pa Mexican eatery may be small in size but, when it comes to tacos, wins rave reviews from both neighborhood residents and visitors for their fantastic food. Trust us: Nietos is as authentic Mexico-meets-Chicago as it gets. (Beef, chicken and steak tacos.)

About the Beneficiary: Lakeview Chamber of Commerce
The Lakeview Chamber of Commerce was founded to help the local community prosper through programs and services that assist and promote both local businesses and the neighborhood. The Chamber's service area, primarily Chicago's West Lakeview neighborhood, is from Diversey on the south, to Irving Park on the north, and Ravenswood on the west, to Racine on the east. For more visit www.lakeviewchamber.com.

Marketing & Sponsorship Opportunities
Looking to connect with active consumers at this event? For pricing and a customized benefits package, please contact Norine Smyth at 773-584-6684 or Laura Wilke at 773-584-6669.

Exhibitor Opportunities
Click here for more information and applications on how to exhibit at this event and others. If you have additional questions, please contact the Rosy Robinson or at 773-584-6633.

Event Sponsors
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