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The Massive Big Star Wrigleyville Debuts Today to Ignite a Cubs Taco Tradition

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Look around where Big Star flies the “W” from Wicker Park to Wrigleyville

Big Star Wrigleyville
Barry Brecheisen
Ashok Selvam is the editor of Eater Chicago and a native Chicagoan armed with more than two decades of award-winning journalism. Now covering the world of restaurants and food, his nut graphs are super nutty.

Big Star’s come a long way in the nine years since chef Paul Kahan and company took over the former Pontiac Cafe to open Wicker Park’s most popular patio. Back then, few would believe Big Star would merit a spin-off right across from Wrigley Field. Yet that’s exactly what’s transpired as Cubs fans and other taco lovers, starting tonight, can drink whisky and margaritas inside a two-floor Big Star across Clark Street at the Hotel Zachary.

The interiors are familiar to anyone who’s visited the Wicker Park location. The seating and finishes are just like the original. However, it’s not a carbon copy — there are TVs behind the bar. That’s a predictable change — the neighborhood is baseball crazy in the summer. It’s still a curveball for One Off Hospitality Group which owns fine dining restaurants such as Nico Osteria, Blackbird, and Avec.

There is a mini Big Star inside the United Center, as Kahan is a big Blackhawks fan. It’s just a little different inside this 9,000-square-foot space that hopes to carry over a bit of the honky tonk from Wicker Park. The eight screens are retractable to be out of sight when the Cubbies aren’t playing. Like Wicker, the patio plays a big role with room for 80 seats. The restaurant also features retractable siding to give fans an airy stadium feeling.

Just like the stadium, expect a huge standing room-only crowd during games. The restaurant’s huge windows on the first and second floors give customers views of the outside of Wrigley Field, as well as The Park at Wrigley, the plaza outside the stadium. There’s also a 20-seat second-floor bar. Don’t want to deal with baseball fans? Mercifully, there’s a pick-up window for taco take out. The window won’t open immediately; fans will have to wait a couple weeks, according to a spokesperson.

Big Star opens at 5 p.m. today. Take a tour of the two-floor space in the photos below. Let’s play two, indeed.

Big Star Wrigleyville, 3640 N. Clark Street, opening hours for the first week will be 5 p.m. to midnight Monday through Wednesday; 11:30 a.m. to midnight on Thursday through Sunday; regular hours will be 11:30 a.m. until late night daily; they’ll open early at 10 a.m. on Cubs game days. Check website for updated hours.

There’s that familiar logo.
The bar looks familiar, yet modern.
Big Star fans will recognize the yellow metal chairs.

This is the corridor parallel to Clark Street.
Yes, those are TVs inside a One Off restaurant.
This is the corridor to the south of the bar.
Not too many tables to make room for more fans.
The eight TVs are retractable.
Stairs toward the second level.
There’s room for 299 guests.
A view from the stairs.
The second floor of tacos await.
Customers can see Wrigley.
More seating along Clark Street on the second floor.
There’s retractable siding on the both floors.
The second floor can be divided up for private events.
The 20-seat wraparound bar.
Another view from the second-floor bar.

Big Star

1531 North Damen Avenue, , IL 60622 (773) 235-4039 Visit Website

Hotel Zachary, Chicago, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel

3630 North Clark Street, , IL 60613 (773) 302-2300 Visit Website

Wrigley Field

, Chicago, IL 60613