As the start of Cubs season brings the masses back to Chicago's north side, hoards of hungry fans have descended upon Big Star Wrigleyville, the much buzzed about, funky new addition to One Off Hospitality Group.
Boasting a stacked lineup of dishes inspired by traditional Mexican street fare along with margaritas, an expansive single barrel whiskey catalog, and an array of ice-cold beers, Big Star Wrigleyville is proving to be the spot for dining and imbibing in the heart of Cubs territory.
Since opening on April 2nd, the two-story, 9,000-square-foot, honky-tonk taquieria has been filling up with neighborhood revelers and game-goers, while racking up some impressive stats in the process.
Here’s a look at Big Star by the numbers in its first month of business:
- Over 40,000 fresh and flavorful tortillas have been made in house by Big Star’s Chef de Cuisine Julie Warpinski and her kitchen team.
- Hand pressed tortilla chips tossed in Arbol salsa and topped with with sour cream, radishes and cilantro have come together into 800 plates of Hot Chips, Big Star’s inventive cross between baseball nachos and chilaquiles.
- 3,000 avocados have combined with diced red onion, serrano, garlic, cilantro and lime juice to be prepared into delectable, made-from-scratch guacamole.
- 30,000 mouth-watering tacos such as Al Pastor, Baja Fish, Panza, and Big Star’s Walking Taco—a unique blend of corn chips, spicy pinto bean dip and tamazula salsa — have been assembled and devoured.
- Known for its wide selection of seriously cheap and delicious beers, Big Star Wrigleyville patrons have downed 7,500 cans and bottles of American and Mexican brews including Lone Star, Estrella Jalisco, and 21st Amendment “Brew Free!” Blood Orange IPA.
- From Bar Manager Laurent Lebec’s collection of exclusive whiskies and spirits, 1,000 shots of bourbon have been tossed back, including Pappy Van Winkle, Booker’s Bourbon and pours from Big Star Wrigleyville’s house-barrel program
- In addition to bar selections such as agave based cocktails and an always changing shot of the day, 2,000 pitchers of margaritas mixed with fresh squeezed lime juice and premium tequila and poured.