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A Boozy Taco Bell Could Be Coming to Logan Square

Taco Bells have caused plenty of neighborhood consternation in Chicago this year, including one proposed for Pilsen and the announced closing of one in Wrigleyville. And now with the news that the chain might bring its boozy Taco Bell Cantina offshoot into Logan Square, could that neighborhood see its own Taco Bell-troversy?

DNAInfo reported the news ahead of the Greater Goethe Neighborhood Association's zoning and planning committee meeting that will discuss the proposal for the restaurant on Aug. 14.

Chicago has the dubious honor of being home of the very first Taco Bell Cantina, a concept that serves alcoholic slushies and tapas-style plates alongside the eatery’s regular fare; one opened in Wicker Park in 2015. The proposed Logan Square restaurant would open at 2432 N. Milwaukee Ave., along a thoroughfare filling up with trendy haunts like Furious Spoon, Revolution Brewing, and some cocktail bars. Does a chain like Taco Bell fit in here, even in its millennial-friendly dressing?

It may not be a question of whether Taco Bell belongs here, but if Logan Square needs another late-night place to eat and drink, period. One commenter on the DNAInfo report put it succinctly: “What Logan Square needs is a grocery store.”

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