Where to Go For The Best Taco in Chicago on Taco Tuesday

While we may not be as active on the Throwback Thursday’s, Taco Tuesday’s are here to stay in Chicago! For National Tequila Day (July 24th), a few of my favorite bloggers like Jennifer Mai from Jen Eats Chi and Lee Lepe from Chicago Standard and Katie from Appetite4Adventure and you know, 380 other people got together at Park & Field in Logan Square (which by the way is one of the best patios in Chicago – it seriously gives me LA vibes) to sample six different tacos to vote on the best taco in Chicago.

The Tortilla Awards

The crowd was lit with excitement as people lined up after work on Tuesday, July 24th to vote on the best tacos and take part in the festivities. The Tortilla Awards is a party open to the public featuring a city-wide search for the best tacos. It launched in Los Angeles on June 26th and will end in Austin on September 11th. For the Chicago Tortilla Awards, both partners, Tequila CAZADORES and Chef Aarón Sánchez, hand selected the top five tortilla makers to come together in person to compete for the title of being the best taco.

“My culture and heritage are the number one influence on my cooking, and there is nothing more authentic to my upbringing than the art of making a tortilla. Each of these contestants has
been selected because of their dedication and craft in preparing a fresh tortilla that reminds me of being back in Mexico, and I look forward to meeting each of them at these competitions,” shared Chef Aaron Sanchez, Chef/owner Johnny Sánchez, located in New Orleans and co-star of FOX’s MasterChef and MasterChef Junior.


Of course you can’t have tacos without margaritas. And there were so many margaritas to choose from! After going to the tequila shot hut (with three different types of tequila), we gathered around Park & Field’s fire pit and  enjoyed Tequila Cazadores cocktails, including the Rosa La Poderosa, an exclusive recipe from local Chicago bartender Julieta Campos that features Cazadores Blanco, Apologue Aronia, cucumber, Weatherby Cola Bitters and lime.

Tortilla Taco Awards in Chicago at Park and Field 2018

While the sky was brooding, we stayed the night running back and forth to sample all six tacos and catching up on summer romances and blunders. Around 9 pm, our rims we’re getting a little saltier and the mood was lighter, and we got up to cast our votes.

Tortilla Award Winners:

Chicago blogger, Erin from 312 Food at the Tortilla Awards in Chicago


So, when you’re out and about this summer, add Big Star in Wicker Park to your must-see patios and tacos. Come back soon for more places to go, food to sample, and people to meet.

Amanda Elliott is a writer and speaker and a relationship builder. She believes that meeting people in person is important. After attending numerous fashion, startup, and creative events, she founded Windy City Cosmo is 2015 to help people make connections in the city as they build their businesses, start and end relationships and see and be seen. Over the past three years, the entrepreneurs she’s interviewed have become the most successful in Chicago and Windy City Cosmo won an award in 2017 for her work for female entrepreneurs.


A Good Laugh About Stand Up Comedians: HBO Crashing Season Two

**There might be spoilers.

If you’re looking for a good laugh this hibernating season, I have some exciting news – HBO’s Crashing Season Two airs Sunday, January 14, 2018. The show feels so real you can’t help to feel empathy for the main character, but at the same time laugh at the average day the show takes you through.

TV should entertain or inspire or tell a story worth telling. We’re so used to it being background noise or an excuse to hookup. That’s how I felt – I couldn’t get into TV. When I went to the pre-screening of HBO in Chicago, IL with the A. V. Club, I was surprised to learn that within the first few minutes of HBO’s Crashing, I was hooked.

Crashing is a comedy produced by Judd Apatow’s Girls, and stand-up comedian, Pete Holmes about the fictional character Pete Holmes, an aspiring stand-up comedian, whose life has been upturned by his wife’s affair. It follows Pete Holmes through his day job at Cold Stone Creamery and then his stand up show at night and then him crashing at various people’s homes as he tries to get back on his feet.

HBO Tells It Like It Is:

I think what I loved about this show was what HBO does best – tell it like it is. It’s what I loved about their other show, Insecure. But, that’s another post.

To stay in or to crash on a Saturday night – that is the question. Season 2 of Crashing is tomorrow night on @hbo. I’m so nervous about comedy #tvshows because I never find them funny but I couldn’t help but laugh out loud during the Cold Stone scene. I had more fun crawling up in this bed laughing at the hilarious life of stand up comedians with chicken and waffles (and a bar behind me) than I have in awhile. We all need to rent out furniture stores for parties. 💁🏻‍♀️#willworkforchampagne #HBO #peteholmes . . . #weliketoparty #happy #chicago #chigram #instagood #blogger #havefun #explorechicago #downtown #sogood #chitown #bloggerlife #behappy #ootd #girlboss #citychic #boots #outiftgram #jumpingonthebed

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Pete Holmes is living a (below) average American life. He has a day job at Cold Stone Creamery. You can feel his pain when a dad tries to tip him a dollar and he insists – please don’t tip me a dollar. And what happens next had me practically spitting out my champagne. You’ll just have to watch.

During Season Two, Episode One of Crashing, Pete sleeps with Ali, a fellow aspiring stand up comedian. After their hookup, he lingers and thinks it means more than what it was – a one night stand. If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to hookup with someone and then in the morning have to creatively suggest how to get them out of your bed – this cringeworthy scene is for you.

After we watched the last episode of Crashing Season One and the first episode of Crashing Season Two, we were treated to a moderated Q&A with Pete Holmes and Jamie Lee by Marah Eakin, Senior Editor, The A.V. Club.

Pete Holmes shared that this show is actually based-off his divorce from his wife. And he really did have an awkward encounter with the first person he slept with after his divorce. I found this so interesting and more excited to watch since I share dating stories on Windy City Cosmo and my new podcast, Ok Cool, based off my life.

Preview of Crashing Season Two: 

Crashing Image

With the help of Ali, a fellow rising comic, Pete explores the alternative comedy scene, a world of comedy nerds, apartment shows and no-drink minimums, where he begins to thrive. As he continues to lean on the hospitality of comedy greats, Pete explores all types of comedy, from benefit  shows to the college market to roast battles. These diverse encounters test his enthusiasm and optimism, but also promise to make him a better comedian as he tries to survive the competitive world of New York stand-up.

Pre-Screening Party:

To celebrate the second season, Windy City Cosmo joined The A.V. Club and HBO for a party at a rented out furniture store because the only way to watch a tv show is on comfortable beds and couches.

It was definitely a new way of networking to sit in bed and be like, “can I join you?” while we talked about serious matters like freelance writers affected by Facebook and Instagram’s changing algorithms which have shut down publications. The juxtaposition made the night awkward and funny like the show.

Besides good people, there was also good food. I picked the bed with the bar behind it so I had champagne basically poured to me from bed. I feel like everyone should put a bar in their bedroom, but that might be dangerous.

We also had a full breakfast bar – amazing chicken and waffles, an extensive chocolate and glazed donut wall, and milk in various cereal flavors. The milk was definitely weird – it tasted as if I just had a bowl of fruit loops without the fruit loops.

If you’re going to watch Crashing, I suggest doing breakfast for dinner. It airs on Sunday, which is a nice day to relax and maybe make some mimosas and eggs while experiencing the life of a stand up comedian, Pete Holmes.

Cheers and happy hibernating!

Amanda Elliott is a writer and speaker and a relationship builder. She believes that meeting people in person is important. After attending numerous fashion, startup, and creative events, she founded Windy City Cosmo is 2015 to help people make connections in the city as they build their businesses, start and end relationships and see and be seen. Over the past three years, the entrepreneurs she’s interviewed have become the most successful in Chicago and Windy City Cosmo won an award in 2017 for her work for female entrepreneurs.


I Prefer Holiday Parties Where Dradles and Christmas Trees Dance

Christmas is about magic and there’s nothing more magical than Macy’s at Christmas time.

I have seen a few magical parties this year like Paris in Chicago with  Bel Brands, and and of course, my first Daybreaker, but this was by far the most magical dance party, ugly Christmas sweater style.

It all started at 6:00 am when I was greeted by an oversized sign labeled “ugly holiday sweater,” with an elf below it for the Ugly Holiday Sweater Party by Macy’s and Daybreaker. It was held at Macy’s flagship store on State Street in Chicago.

Me and my Twitter giveaway winner, joined the crowd in the elevator with a group of girls with yoga mats.

We ask if we should be doing this right now.

“I always carry a yoga mat with me at Macy’s,” I said, “I go into downward dog and breathe in and out before maxing out my credit cards for Christmas gifts.”

The girls laugh and the doors open. We are met with a festive holiday group waiting for coat check.


Two people, dressed as presents, smile and encourage us to be in the present.

Those same presents joined me in a vinyasa flow twenty minutes later.

But before the party started at 6:00 am, my giveaway guest and I went back to bed followed the path to a pile of giant pillows.


Macy’s and Daybreaker had a photobooth set up and printed our photos.

It was Vinyasa time.

Yoga Six came back again to instruct us through a vinyasa flow.

This flow had deep twists, deep breaths, and persistent flows. My favorite was when she made us sleigh bell foward and back into downward dog. It sounds so much better than “plank”. She also had us do the tree pose and breathe out “ho”.

It was festive but most importantly effective. I was able to loosen my body and loosen up.

About 10 minutes before 7:00 am, we were ready for faster beats from my new favorite djs, Win + Woo. They know how to drop EDM beats and switch to old school, shake that laffy taffy songs.


We formed a circle as usual and that’s when the Christmas tree started dancing with the dradle, right below the stage.

On the stage, a group of the most incredible spirited dancers, reved up the party.


We could keep going. But we grabbed a vanilla protein shake and stood in a short line to get something holiday painted on our face. A girl came up to me with a penguin drawn on her nose. The girls behind me brainstormed Christmas lights down their arms.

Since I had to be at work in two hours, I opted for stars and blue fairy dust on the edge of either eye. Let me tell you on the streets of Chicago everyone was smiling at me. It was magical.

We ended the party with glitter bombs, selfies at the ho, ho, ho sign and a $10.00 gift card from Macy’s.

Thank you, Daybreaker and Macy’s, for always throwing magical parties and helping us believe. Fifty percent of each ticket sales was donated to The Make a Wish Foundation.

Daybreaker returns in January. To join in the morning dance party movement, get Chicago Daybreaker tickets.

Merry Christmas!