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Chicago Welcomes Cali’s

Cali’s Mexican and American Grill at 2333 S. Michigan serves great food at everyday prices. Just around the corner from McCormick Place’s West Building, the family restaurant offers authentic Mexican-style lunch and dinner plus several American favorites to nearby residents and businesses.


Owner Jose Cali says, “All our meals are made fresh daily. We’ve been here since November, 2012 and it’s been great. People bring flowers! We’re getting good responses from the neighbors and we really enjoy it here. Thanks Chicago! And I want to thank people for stopping by, thanks to our first 2,000 guests, and thanks to our regulars for eating here too.”

Tacos, tortas, burritos, and quesadillas top the list of the most popular, and most ordered, menu items, according to Cali. For the money he thinks his $1.25 ground beef taco is the best and South Side blog agrees: “Their tacos are spot on plus the price is right!”


The food critics at weigh in as well. John G. notes, “The chicken in my burrito was flavorful and the portions were a great deal for the price.” Plus Philp W., again at, says “If you are in town for a conference at McCormick Place it is just West of the new building and well worth the walk. You will get a taste of authentic Mexican fare without having to travel way West to Pilsen or Little Village.”

In addition to Cali’s extensive breakfast menu and daily specials, Cali’s Mexican and American Grill features Mexican dishes priced from $8.99 to $13.50 each. Served with rice, beans, and salad, these include Skirt Steak, Steak Fajitas, Chicken Fajitas, Shrimp Fajitas, Red or Green Enchiladas, Crisp-Fried Tortillas, Grilled Chicken Breast, Breaded Chicken Breast, and Beef Ribs.

Sides, extras, beverages, and “Cali’s Style” toppings and adornments round out a full meal at Cali’s.

Easily accessible, Cali’s Mexican and American Grill gets a warm reception on South Michigan Avenue. Mercy Hospital Medical Center, McCormick Place, South Loop, Downtown, and Bronzeville are nearby. CTA bus routes 1 and 4 stop at the corner. Plans to revitalize the surrounding district — named Motor Row for its heritage business of car dealerships in palace-like buildings — with entertainmment and dining venues is progressing. Jose Cali admits however being in an historic building has its limits as he can’t erect a proper sign outside.

Visit Cali’s and greet owner Jose Cali if you spot him in the kitchen preparing your meal.


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