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Family cooking comes to Prairie Valley

Photo: Felipe Lopez cooks authentic Mexican food at Chico’s Tacos. He and his wife, Juanita, have moved their location to 7 Valley Drive in Elburn. Photo by John DiDonna

by David Maas
ELBURN—After a year and a half located at the corner of Route 47 and Main Street Road, next to the Blackberry Inn, Chico’s Tacos moved into the Prairie Valley Center in Elburn out of necessity.

“We needed a new location,” said Tico Lopez, who owns and operates the business with his family. “We were renting and the owner sold the building, so we moved here.”

While the new location just recently opened on March 7, the owners are already happy with the move.

“Business is great,” Lopez said. “I’m not sure we could’ve asked for a better location.”

As with their previous location, Chico’s Tacos specializes in fresh, authentic Mexican food, desserts and drinks for carry-out or delivery.

“Everything here is made fresh, from family recipes,” Lopez said, “They are from my mother’s great-grandmother, from around the 1920s.”

Along with the previous full menu, Chico’s Tacos has also added a few new items.

“We’ve added enchiladas, gorditas and churros, among other things,” Lopez said.

Chico’s Tacos is now located on Valley Drive, next to Munchie P’s, in the Prairie Valley Center.

“It’s great to be in this new location,” Lopez said. “It’s funny how having to move locations has worked so well for us.”

Business features Mexican food for carryout, delivery

by Martha Quetsch
ELBURN—A new business in Elburn offers authentic Mexican food for carryout and delivery.

Chico’s Tacos is located on the corner of Route 47 and Main Street Road, next to Blackberry Inn. The business occupies the former site of Hey Weenie.

Owner Juanita Lopez runs the business with her husband, Felipe, and son, Alex. A resident of DeKalb, she is an avid, lifelong cook.

“I was raised by my grandmother, who was blind, so I was always by her side, cooking, and it became a passion,” Lopez said.

Everything at Chico’s Tacos is homemade from scratch from her own recipes, she said.

Prices range from $1.60 for a taco to $6 for a burrito. Tostadas cost $2.25 and quesadillas are priced from $2 to $2.25.

A house specialty are the tortas, Mexican sandwiches on round bread slices, which cost $5.75 each and feature beans, cheese, lettuce, tomato, sour cream and avocado spread, with a choice of meat—ham, steak, marinated pork, beef, chicken or tongue.

Desserts also are available, including flan, gelatina de leche, cheesecake and chocolate cake, priced from $2.50 to $3.00.

Chico’s Tacos side orders range from nachos to tamales to beans and rice.

Even the horchata—a sweet rice drink—is made fresh.

“We don’t sell the packaged stuff,” Lopez said.

Chico’s Tacos
10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
43W726 Main St., Elburn
(815) 793-5330