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Boozy Taco Bell Opens Off Michigan Avenue, But Without Booze — For Now

By David Matthews | September 26, 2017 5:16am
 Taco Bell Cantina is now open at 205 E. Ohio St.
Taco Bell Cantina is now open at 205 E. Ohio St.
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STREETERVILLE — The city's newest boozy Taco Bell has opened, but without booze for now.

A new Taco Bell Cantina has opened at 205 E. Ohio St., a block from the Mag Mile. 

Like its predecessor in Wicker Park, the cantina has big-screen TVs and promises to sell "twisted" slushies mixed with rum, tequila or vodka.

But customers craving such a slushie will have to wait. Staff at the new Taco Bell said the restaurant hasn't received its liquor license yet, but hope to begin serving alcoholic drinks in October.

Taco Bell Cantina also sells beer, wine and sangria.

A man awaits his order Monday inside the new Taco Bell Cantina. [DNAinfo/David Matthews]

The fast food chain debuted Taco Bell Cantina in 2015 in Wicker Park as it sought to attract more young people in big cities.

The chain has since opened new cantinas in San Francisco and Las Vegas, and plans other boozy restaurants here, including one at 407 S. Dearborn St. in the Loop. Taco Bell plans to open four new cantinas by early 2018 in Chicago, a company spokeswoman said. 

Twisted slushies cost between $6.58 and $7.58 at the new cantina. Beer prices range from $4.19 for domestics to $4.69 for imports.

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