May 3, 2023 - Food and Drink

"Mexico Week" offers a taste of Jalisco in Chicago


Birria taco from Birria Tapatia de Ocotlan. Photo: Monica Eng/Axios

Chicago will celebrate treats from the Mexican state of Jalisco during the second annual "Mexico Week," running today through May 14.

What's happening: The Mexican Consulate of Chicago is showcasing dance, music, handicrafts, art and delicious chow from this western state, which includes the cities of Guadalajara and Puerto Vallarta.

What they're saying: "Mexico maintains historical ties of friendship with Chicago … ties that have been transformed, deepened and brought to life by the community of people of Mexican origin in the Midwest," Consul General Reyna Torres Mendivil tells Axios.

  • She notes that Jalisco — known for mariachi, tequila and birria — is particularly well-represented in the city.

Zoom in: The consulate has created a Mexican Food Route that maps out great spots for birria, carne en su jugo soup and other Jalisco-inspired dishes.

  • Using the map we recently stopped by Birria La Tapatía de Ocotlan in Little Village for a pound of tender goat meat, a quart of broth, salsa, onions and cilantro ($17).
Goat soup
Birria from Birria La Tapatia de Ocotlan. Photo: Monica Eng/Axios

What's more: Mexico Week events also include Mexico Fest this weekend at Navy Pier, with music, dance and handicrafts.

  • César Menchaca's Huichol Art Exhibit of giant sculptures adorned with colorful beads at Navy Pier through May 14.
  • Tequila Tastings Thursday and Friday with master tequileros at Moe's Cantina and Bar Sol.
  • An art workshop on May 12 teaching participants to paint their own spirit animal called a nahual at Mano Art Gallery.

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