Xoco Wicker Park Now Open in Chicago

It’s been nearly four years since famed chef Rick Bayless last opened a restaurant in Chicago. A ton has changed in that time in the Windy City: There’s been a veritable revolution around the Blackhawks, the city’s longstanding public transit system went through a payment method overhaul, and mayor Rahm Emanuel’s approval ratings have experienced a rollercoaster ride of fluctuation.  One thing has remained consistent throughout that stretch though, and it’s that the people of Chicago remain wholeheartedly in love with Bayless’ cooking. From part-time students taking culinary courses online to devoted foodies, Chicagoans simply can’t get enough of Bayless’ fantastic Mexican cuisine. That said, it’s no surprise that they’re deeply excited that he’s opened a new branch of his critically acclaimed restaurant, Xoco.

Xoco’s new location will move Bayless’ renowned cuisine northwest of the restaurants original location in bustling River North to the more laid back neighborhood of Wicker Park. Known for its vibrant cultural scene, Wicker Park has attracted a youthful and diverse crowd with one thing in common: their passion for good food.The new branch of the restaurant, which opened Thursday, Aug. 14, is considerably larger than the original location, but features a nearly identical menu. Mexican hot chocolate, numerous varieties of delicious tortas and a full-service guacamole bar are among the fantastic fare that patrons can be treated to at Xoco.

The only way in which the two locations differ significantly (besides their respective sizes), according to Chicago Eater, is that the new location won’t be open for breakfast, as the original is each day. In place of this, the Wicker Park location will serve a weekend brunch menu. Also distinguishing it from the original is the full bar , with no less than 17 craft beers on tap.

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