Well, I must have been channeling Homer when I wrote this, because it's *huge* -- a frickin' epic. Hopefully it's closer in readability to Homer's Odyssey than Joyce's Ulysses, at least. I'm not so sure. But there are links to the different sections if you want to skip ahead. Here's what I covered:
* Taqueria Puebla
* Humboldt Park
* La Villita
* Alta Cocina (esp, Bahena's places)
* Some misc spots, such as La Unica
This is the main reason I came to Chicago, Mexican and Latin American food. The choices are still astonishing. I wish I could have had a chance to eat a cachapa and some Caribbean stews, too. Next time. And there's plenty more Mexican I would love to try.
My favorite spot of the trip was Taqueria Puebla (although, if the huaraches would have been available at Maxwell Street, that might have trumped Puebla). It just fits my sensibilities perfectly. I still left Chicago a bit disappointed with the upscale Mexican, but I'm willing to try it again on my next trip.
Thanks for all the help in planning the trip.