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Day of the Dead Specials at Taco Joint 11.1-11.2

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Taco Joint

Doughnuts de los Muertos, Turkey Leg Taco and Mezcal Cocktail

Friday, November 1 – Saturday, November 2
In celebration of the upcoming Mexican holiday, Day of the Dead, Taco Joint Urban Taqueria and Cantina in Lincoln Park and River North will offer “Dia de los Muertos” menu specials.  Available onNovember 1 and November 2, the specials include a Oaxacan-inspired Turkey Leg Taco, “Lil’ Blood” Mezcal Cocktail and “Doughnuts de los Muertos,” created in collaboration with Chicago’s Glazed & Infused (doughnuts will be available at Taco Joint’s Lincoln Park location only). The complete Dia de los Muertos menu specials are outlined below.

Day of the Dead Specials at Taco Joint
November 1-2 
Turkey Leg Carnitas Taco $3.50
Black Oaxacan mole, crispy sweet potato strings

“Lil’ Blood” Mezcal Cocktail $9
Tawny Port, El Buho Mezcal, Agave Loco Tequila, orange, ruby red grapefruit, citrus bitters, salt rim

Doughnuts de los Muertos* $3
Dark chocolate doughnut with Mexican chocolate custard, ancho chile glaze and traditional calavera decorations *available only at Taco Joint Lincoln Park

Taco Joint Lincoln Park
1969 N. Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60614
312-951-2457
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Taco Joint River North
158 W. Ontario Street
Chicago, IL 60654
312-337-8226
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At first glance, the Mexican custom of Dia de los Muertos–or the Day of the Dead, may seem a lot like Halloween.  This popular and fascinating holiday is a time when people who have died are celebrated, remembered, and prayed for by friends and relatives.  These celebrations are a festive occasion, taking place on November 1st and 2nd–coinciding and often intermixing with the Catholic tradition of All Saint’s Day.  Many believe it is during this time that the souls of the departed return to visit their living relatives to eat, drink, and be merry–as if they were still living. Traditionally, families and friends gather around an ofrenda, or altar, dedicated to the deceased.  These altars are elaborately decorated with sugar skulls, candles, and a display of the deceased’s favorite foods and drinks.  In some parts of Mexico, families gather at grave sites to build their altars at headstones and celebrate the lives that once were.  It is common to find mariachi bands performing the favorite songs of the departed in these cemeteries, as well as a variety of street vendors selling food, candles, and trinkets to the families for their outdoor ofrendas.  Although the traditions and customs may vary by family or region, one fact remains: Dia de los Muertos is a time for love, remembrance, and family that will continue on for generations to come.

 

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