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Big Star Opening Third Restaurant In West Town With A Seafood Focus

Big Star Mariscos will offer aguachile, ceviche and more. It'll join Big Star's flagship Wicker Park restaurant and Wrigleyville outpost.

Big Star in Wicker Park.
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WEST TOWN — Popular Wicker Park taco restaurant Big Star is expanding to West Town this fall with a menu that emphasizes fish and other seafood offerings.

Big Star Mariscos, 551 N. Ogden Ave., will sell dishes like aguachile and ceviche, as well as “whole fish preparations” inspired by recipes from across Mexico, according to a press release. It will also feature a “handful of longstanding Big Star favorites.”

The West Town location is Big Star’s third, on top of the restaurant’s flagship Wicker Park location and its outpost across from Wrigley Field. It’s owned by One Off Hospitality, which also operates restaurants like avec, Publican and Dove’s Luncheonette.

“In the very early days of Big Star, we were grilling fish and people loved it. However, we quickly realized with the volume and the size of the kitchen, we were limited on what we could offer. Now…we have the opportunity to expand our menu in this space to showcase seafood through the Big Star lens,” One Off partner and chef Paul Kahan said in a press release.

The restaurant will seat 60 people on its patio and 120 indoors, and will also feature a takeout window.

It joins a stable of mariscos restaurants that have long operated in West Town, many of them concentrated on Ashland Avenue between Division Street and Augusta Boulevard.

Big Star Mariscos is slated to open in September, a spokesperson said Tuesday.

Credit: Present Future Architects/Provided
A rendering of Big Star Mariscos, 551 N. Ogden Ave., which is projected to open in September
Credit: Present Future Architects/Provided
A rendering of the entrance to Big Star Mariscos, 551 N. Ogden Ave., which is projected to open in September

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