Big Star Taqueria

Project Location

Chicago, IL


Albazi Architects



Case Study: Big Star Taqueria

Opened 2009, Chef Paul Kahan's Big Star Taqueria is a whisky-fueled, taco-slinging late-night bar and restaurant known for Mexican street food in a setting reminiscent of the honky-tonk saloons from California’s dust bowl era. Music is a big draw for the guests, with the “Bakersfield era” sounds, drawn from the depression-era saloons of the 1930s and 40s, filling the Wicker Park venue nightly.

With Chicago’s weather often limiting the opportunity for guests of Big Star Taqueria from being able to dine al fresco, the restaurant was in need of a design-forward solution that would work with the rough-hewn style of the restaurant and bar. It was also time for the owners to look at the possibilities of expanding their restaurant’s seating capacity due to the fast-growing popularity of the establishment.

"NanaWall's system provides both practical and attractive solution for transitioning between open-air and enclosed dining at Big Star Taqueria."

Four Season Dining

Working with a design team at Albazi Architects, Big Star got the much-needed space and accommodations it needed. Architect Michael B. Weber designed a solution that allows for four-season dining in an expanded outdoor area. To this end, Weber and his team specified NanaWall’s HSW60 – an aluminum-framed, single-track sliding system with open corners – to make Big Star Taqueria even bigger.  

"Working with NanaWall allowed for seamless integration of engineering a door system to included additional egress doors, which were incorporated within the NanaWall system,” says Weber. 

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