Subway: Pink to 18th(312) 433-7620 el-milagro.com41.855479 -87.663152 1923 S Blue Island Ave (between 19th and Cullerton Sts) Pilsen, Chicago
Breakfast, lunch, dinnerAverage main course: $6.50
This sunny Pilsen café, which is covered in bright purple, yellow and orange paint inside and out, is next door to one of the city’s most successful purveyors of corn and flour tortillas. Employees clearly know how to put those tortillas to good use: piling them with tender chicken legs submerged in mole rojo, or sumptuous, slow-cooked beef in a rich tomato sauce. Satisfying tamales are available for a more portable meal—but keep in mind that you can’t take the sunniness with you.