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Taco night? For you it’s more like taco life. The next time a craving strikes, these nine amazing Chicago tacos have you covered.

Tacos 9 Elle

Piri-Piri Chicken at Elle on the River

These aren’t your everyday tacos. Wrapped in house-made flatbread and piled high with tender chicken glazed in spicy traditional Portuguese sauce, pepper aioli and sharp Spanish Mahón cheese. ($12 for three)

At the Langham Hotel, 330 N. Wabash Ave.; 312-923-7705 or travellechicago.com/#/elle-on-the-river

Tacos 1 Big Star

Taco de Pescado at Big Star

The Wicker Park taco mecca gets the fish taco absolutely right: crispy beer-battered tilapia, super-crunchy cabbage and creamy mayo with a chipotle kick. ($4 for one)

1531 N. Damen Ave.; 773-235-4039 or bigstarchicago.com

Tacos 2 Ten Mile House

Smoked Pork and Bacon at Ten Mile House

Fans of this occasional special have convinced the North Shore restaurant to give these little beauties--piled high with pork, bacon, pickled red onions and fresh pea shoots--a permanent place on the summer menu. ($12 for three)

1700 Central St., Evanston; 847-905-0669 or tmhevanston.com

Tacos 3 Crispy Shrimp

Crispy Shrimp at Fish Bar

Divinely crunchy fired shrimp plus classic pico de gallo and corn tortillas make these a simple but perfect package. ($8 for two)

2956 N. Sheffield Ave.; 773-687-8177 or fishbarchicago.com

Tacos 4 The Dawson
Jessica Lynn Capron

Redfish for Two at The Dawson

You’ve never seen a taco like this: a whole fish roasted with a spicy chipotle glaze, then served with DIY fixings like soft tortillas, crunchy slaw and lightly charred avocado. ($48, serves two people)

730 W. Grand Ave.; 312-243-8955 or the-dawson.com

Tacos 5 GT
Eric Kleinberg

Fish at GT Fish & Oyster

The River North restaurant’s twist on the classic fish taco starts with a garlic marinade and ends with a dusting of chicharrón (crunchy pork rinds). ($13 for three)

531 N. Wells St.; 312-929-3501 or gtoyster.com

Tacos 6 Tallboy

Atlantic Salmon at Tallboy

The new taco shop inside River North staple Nacional 27 makes its own corn tortillas every day. Tallboy’s bright, citrusy salmon comes loaded with roasted corn, pico, cilantro and mustard aioli. ($4 for one)

325 W. Huron St.; 312-488-4917 or facebook.com/tallboytaco

Tacos 7 Slurping Turtle

Hamachi at Slurping Turtle

Wait, isn’t this supposed to be a noodle place? Turns out chef Yagihashi loves tacos like the rest of us, and he pays homage with a Hamachi version filled with yellowfin tuna tartare and truffle-soy sauce in a taro-root shell. ($11 for three)  

116 W. Hubbard St.; 312-464-0466 or slurpingturtle.com/chicago

Tacos 8 Antique

Garlic Shrimp at Antique Taco

We never would have thought of them ourselves, but this beautiful combo--garlicky shrimp, cauliflower elote (instead of corn) and fresh, herby basil-avocado salsa that smells amazing--hits the spot. ($8 for two)

1360 N. Milwaukee Ave.; 773-687-8697 or antiquetaco.com

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