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  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.aychiwowa.com
  • Phone: (312) 643-3200
  • Hours of Operation: Tuesday & Wednesday: 5:00pm - 12:00am
    Thursday & Friday: 5:00pm - 4:00am
    Saturday: 5:00pm - 5:00am
    Private Parties & Corporate Events: 7 Days a Week*
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Mexican / Southwestern
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Dancing, Delivery, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wine
  • Catering: Modern Mexican catering for large groups available.
  • Entertainment: Jukebox and photobooth. Five plasma TVs. DJ nightly.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Franklin
  • Public Transit: Located below the Franklin El Stop (Brown and Purple Lines)
  • Parking: Valet
A word from !AY CHIWOWA
¡AY CHIWOWA! is an energetic, neighborhood tequila and taco tavern, offering over 90 different tequilas, kegged craft cocktails, innovative takes on classic Mexican street fare, a jukebox, photobooth, DJs playing 80’s and 90’s hits and a non-stop fiesta serving food and drinks until 4 a.m. (5 a.m. on Saturdays!). Reservations, walk-ins and private party inquiries are welcome.

Private party room rentals for 20 to 100 guests are available for festive company outings, birthday celebrations, and even a casual rehearsal dinner party before the big day! Check out the party dining tab for more information.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerLate Night Find
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Diner Reviews
  • "My husband and I decided to give this place a shot. We were a little leery at first since the decor is a little dark. But our waitress and the awesome margaritas soon put us at ease. The food is tapas sized, so you can try a little of everything. And the guac is off the hook delicious. If you're into tequila that have an incredible selection. Will definitely go again!"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "This place has awesome decor and on Tuesdays not only have DJs, but an open jukebox! The margaritas and tortas are AMAZING!"
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "Food was delicious, service was excellent. I forgot my umbrella and they ran down the street to catch up to me."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Knowing that this restaurant is part of the same restaurant group as Sunda, Bottlefork and the likes I had high expectations! It didn't let down the service was great and the food was delicious presented well and we never waited long. It was a good date night spot but would fun with a lot of girlfriends or just a big group!"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "What a great place, the place is very unique, drinks and food were outstanding and the server - Shannon was very bubbly and friendly which made it a great place to be at. The tequila list is like a phone book, so many. The tacos melted in your mouth, so good. Very nice place."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Finally made it to this place to try. The food and drinks were good but our waitress, Janille, was amazing. She was very attentive and knew our order like the back of her hand. I would come back just for her."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "The food and drinks were good, but expect to pay a lot for a little!"
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Good food... GREAT guac!! Chips are perfectly salty and warm.... Went on a Tuesday...$5.00 margaritas that night. YUM!! $13 on any other night which I think is VERY expensive in that they are not very big... Small plates so great for sharing and trying different menu items. Service was good and waitress was very friendly."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Great ambiance, service and very authentic cuisine. They have daily specials which is a plus."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "but the food rocks too...quest funding good but ask them to make it very hot...ours wasn't hot enough which made it not great."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Had a great pre-birthday celebration @ Ay Chiwowa! The food was delicious and the margaritas were phenomenal! Big kudos to Melissa who was our server :) I'll be back with more people to share the great experience next time! "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "My friends and I always go out on pay day Fridays. We went to try out Ay Chiowa and it sucked. Food was warm not hot and just not good. Won't be going back there again. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Rockit has another success in delicious food which matches attentive and personable service. The corn salsa is delicious and their chicken tacos have a balance of toppings which complements the seasoning. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Food was hit or miss - tacos were great, but our appetizer was not good (Chorizo Fundido). The drinks tasted really strong, but seemed really weak after drinking multiples. For $11-14 a drink it wasn't worth the price. "
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "I think their Friday night 80s music and the TVs makes this a perfect spot to start with an evening game, some drinks, food and end with some good music. "
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Our waitress was way too pushy and rushed us to get drinks, and as soon as our drinks came she rushed us to get food. My fiancée whom we were there bringing her 35th Birthday in was getting beyond annoyed. We had reserved to table days before online, and the waitress rudely asked for my credit card to hold the table, as if I was going to skip the bill or something. I have no clue how that waitress works in the service industry. She almost completely killed my fiancées Birthday begining. Luckily her and I can laugh things off otherwise that waitress would of ruined it. I think we will stick coming to this place only for drinks and to listen to the great Dj on Friday and Saturdays. We will never reserve a table again. Overall nice spot."
    Dined on 4/22/2014
  • "Ay Chiwowa is somewhere I will definitely visit again. The food was delicious but the tacos were VERY small. TOO small for $7. The House Margarita was over priced as well but if you are out and just hoping to have a good time, this place will guarantee you that."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "The food was ok but the margaritas were terrible. I couldn't even drink them. I tried two thinking I just made a bad choice the first time. The second one was even worse."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "A co-worker introduced me to this joint one night and I just had to come back the following weekend to taste more tacos! The vibe is amazing and the service is great. "
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "!AY CHIWOWA? is a very fun restaurant with good mexican food. Lots of "underground" sauces and delish drinks! A very fun place to watch the crowd and have a good time. There are tables in the front bar and a room in the back with lots going on. The music is loud, there was sports on the tv and it was a really fun time. I recommend it. It's a hidden find."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Our group of three arrived at Ay Chiwowa around 9:00 for dinner. The music was very loud, making it difficult to talk. The menu offered small plates and we decided to start with the mango guacamole, which was very good. For dinner, we all ordered the blackened tilapia tacos which were served on two mini tortillas. The tacos were also very good. I would recommend adding one more mini taco to this dish. We finished with two churros and dipping sauce."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "Our service was pretty slow, but the margaritas and food were amazing! I'd definitely return."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Cannot say one bad thing about this place. It's so good and will definitely be back there again. For starters, we had the chips and guacamole. Chips were warm and salty, just the way i like. Then we had the chicken quasadillas. They had so much great flavor. My boyfriend had 2 steak tacos and I had 1 steak and 1 shrimp taco. Very tender and flavorful! Love this place! I was hesitant to try their cucumber margarita but they gave me a sample. It was so good and refreshing. Could probably get me in trouble drinking them in the summer. ;)"
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "I bought a Gilt City coupon and it was worth every penny and more! The staff was awesome, food was great and the atmosphere was really fun. We will definitely go back!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Went with a group of girls to !Ay Chiwowa on Valentine's day and had a great time. They have delicious and enormous margs and great guac though the queso and tacos were just okay. I'd go back for the drinks and fun atmosphere."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Food was great. First time having pickled onions and THOSE WERE IT! They hit the spot! The waitress was on point. So friendly. Super observant. Always there when you needed her."
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "Hit up Open Table for options in the area and lucked out on $5margaritas and tortas. Food was great and staff very friendly. Had a small mix up with the bill that I didn't realize until after I left, but mostly my fault then for not checking the bill closer. Tacos came as two per order and I had ordered an order half-and-half. Was brought to me as two regular two taco orders and charged thus, though I only ate one as I had sent it back initially upon realizing the mix up"
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "Excelent food! I love the decor of the restaurant. I had the pork belly tacos as well as the guac and they were outstanding! Very unique choices for Margaritas as well. Will definitely return."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Food wasn't hot, and the plates weren't clean. It felt like they were trying too hard to be trendy without enough emphasis on the quality of the food. Quesadilla was worse than I make at home. The only thing worth eating were the barbacoa tostadas."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "In a word, terrible - I must ensure to recognize the staff, they did their best but they were challenges by bad food and overpriced (basic) drinks. I will never go back, it offered nothing I could suggest for anyone. I had to choose noise level as energetic, it wasn't - it was very loud and very bad a mix of 80's and today without any mixing any any plan of what music works together."
    Dined on 2/6/2014
  • "This restaurant is in my neighborhood and their food is always good. The atmosphere used to confound me. I never liked going here because they played random music videos on their tvs. It didn't make any sense, they weren't the same videos as the music just random. I just wished they turned the tvs off, it would be a better atmosphere. They one upped me and put sports on their tvs. I couldn't be happier a Mexican restaurant in my neighborhood I want to go to. I now recommend this place to people."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Had a great meal here. The margaritas are a little pricey but well mixed. The service was friendly and prompt. Nice ambiance and not too noisey for a nice and fun dinner."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Loved it...!!!! Drink menu, amazing selection. Food-love the all portions and the taste... YUMMIE!! The salsas are very good; my favorite is the corn. Celebrated a birthday-it was perfect!"
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "For a tequila place, margaritas and tequila cocktails were not very good."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Went in with high expectations. Everything was just OK. The maragaritas were not any better or different from those that one could get in any number of restaurants much less expensively. Appetizers were pretty good but again, the guacamole was good but no better than many other places. Tacos, tostadas, etc. were good and somewhat creative, but just average. We had a fun night out and a good experience but we were expecting more."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "The food is tasty but portions were too small for the price. I would probably only come back here for the margaritas. The waitress left for long periods of time without coming back. We waited a really long time to get our bill once we were done eating and ready to leave. She also took the order of 2 people in my group and started to walk away before taking the order of the 3rd person."
    Dined on 12/13/2013
  • "I had a reservation and I enjoyed the staff the food and the drinks. I didn't feel pressured at all. The food came in a timely manner and it wasn't all warm yet it was good."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "We went here before a comedy show for dinner. The place itself looks and feels a bit like the bars on that strip on Division street, even though this one just opened this year- kinda dingy and weathered beyond it's age. The tortillas were good, and the chips come out warm, although the guac a bit too creamy for my taste. The salsas were also tasty, with different flavors such as "peanut", which was subtle. Our server was friendly and just the right amount of attentive, although it took about 10 minutes once seated for her to come by. If I had this place next door to me I would probably stop in once in a while because the tortillas were truly quite good, but would not go out of my way otherwise."
    Dined on 11/16/2013