notes from the mexican kitchen

New Year’s Happenings and Holiday Hours

It really is beginning to look a lot like Christmas at our restaurants. Topolo’s beautiful interpretation of the Noche Buena salad is dazzling guests. The crispy buñuelos are hitting the fryers. The vibes are merry and bright. You get the idea. Below is look at our holiday hours, which includes our annual beginning-of-the-year break. But […]


Available Now: Bayless Family Foundation Grant Applications

The Bayless Family Foundation will soon be accepting applications for its new “Stepping Stone” grants, which aim to bolster the bottom lines of promising Chicago theater companies. The grant application can be found here. Formed in 2017, the Bayless Family Foundation supports established Chicago theater organizations with a vision for institutional and artistic growth. It launched with an initial […]


Say Hola to Bar Sótano

We’ve got some news. Rick & Deann Bayless, along with the Frontera Group’s beverage director (and their daughter) Lanie Bayless, will soon open an agave-focused, late night cocktail bar in the basement—in the sótano—of Frontera Grill. Technically located at 443 N. Clark St., Bar Sótano will be accessible by a century-old freight elevator located in […]


Baja Uncorked: A Special Wine Dinner at Leña Brava

        Baja Uncorked is bringing its show on the road. First stop? Chicago. Leña Brava and Rick Bayless will host to this one-of-a-kind dinner featuring the prominent winemakers in Mexico’s emerging Valle de Guadalupe region. Ticket price includes welcome cocktail and four-course dinner with world-class wine pairings. Featured guests include Phil Gregory of Vena Cava, Lourdes […]


Tickets on Sale! Dinner Like No Other 2018

Tickets for our annual “Dinner Like No Other” are on sale right now, and we can think of no tastier way to support Midwest family farms. The event takes place Sunday, Oct. 14 at Frontera Grill and Topolobampo. GET TICKETS The Frontera team is once again pulling out all the stops to make this an […]