Party Earth Review Located in upscale River North, the Chicago outpost of the Mercadito chain is a top spot with affluent locals and trendy couples in the mood for intricate Mexican fare and more than one hundred varieties of tequila. Well... ... read full review
108 West Kinzie Street
Chicago, IL 60654
Brown, Purple Express Lines: Merchandise Mart; Red Line: Grand
Brunch: Sa 11:30am–3pm, Su 11:30am–4pm
Lunch: M–F 11:30am–3pm
Dinner: Su–M 5pm–midnight, Tu–Th 5pm–1am, F 5pm–2am, Sa 5pm–3am
River North, Chicago –
Located in upscale River North, the Chicago outpost of the Mercadito chain is a top spot with affluent locals and trendy couples in the mood for intricate Mexican fare and more than one hundred varieties of tequila.
Well-dressed finance types and chic party girls stop in to chill out over a relaxed meal and a shot of Don Julio at both lunch and dinner, or settle in for a full night of fresh fruit margaritas and a festive atmosphere.
Sweeping Aztec murals, colorful wall hangings, and hand-woven basket shades create a south-of-the-border backdrop for weekday patrons sipping mixed drinks at the bar or digging into their tacos in the booths, while bachelorettes and girlfriends take over a small elevated area to lounge on cushions and indulge in a private cocktail party.
The scene changes a bit after 10pm on Fridays and Saturdays, when DJs spinning Top 40, salsa, dance, and hip-hop turn the restaurant into a hopping lounge where quieter conversation gives way to a cacophony of music and clinking glasses.
The name means "flea market" in Spanish, but there's no need to scrounge for hidden treasures here; with its pretty patrons, upscale eats, and tequila-fueled energy, Mercadito makes sure everyone finds exactly what they're looking for.
Party girls, wealthy finance types, bachelorettes, local residents, young hip couples, and groups of trendy girlfriends, mid-20s to 40s.
DJ spins Friday and Saturday nights after 10pm and during Saturday brunch.
Sharable plates of Mexican fare including tacos, ceviche, guacamole, and salsa. Cooking demos once a month; call venue for schedule. Delivery available.
Brunch menu $12–$15, tacos, ceviche, and small plates $9.50–$15.50, entrées $22.50–$34, all-you-can-eat taco special $23 after 10/11pm. Cooking demo dinners $55/person.
Beer $5–$6, wine $8–$14/glass or $27–$64/bottle, tequila $7–$65, specialty margaritas and cocktails $7–$14, build-your-own Bloody Mary and mimosa bottles $80–$500.
Smart casual to dressy: suits, slacks, collared shirts, button-downs, nice skirts, blouses, short black cocktail dresses.
Fridays and Saturdays for the late-night dinner scene, though reservations are strongly encouraged.
Crimson Lounge (333 North Dearborn Street) offers upscale cocktails and a lavish décor.