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NameTacos Filled The Town At The Annual North Shore Taco Fest
Brief Description5K Taco Run raise $8,000+ North Suburban Legal Aid Clinic
DescriptionHIGHWOOD, IL (JULY 20-21, 2019) – Celebrate Highwood welcomed back North Shore
Taco Fest July 20-21, where the region’s most talked about taco-centric restaurants, caterers and food trucks came together to offer a huge selection of mouth-watering taco creations for the thousands of visitors in attendance. Now in its fourth year, the event piggybacked on the 51st annual Highwood Days, the City’s most celebrated event complete with live music and carnival rides.

Each taco vendor shared their unique take on the ever-popular taco and competed for the best taco in town, a distinguished trophy and bragging rights. Attendees voted for their favorites and selected the fol-lowing winners in each category:

Best Authentic: Taco Vida from Deerfield for their Carne Asada Taco
Best Unique Taco: The Otherdoor from Lake Bluff, for their Duck Confit Taco
Best Healthy Taco: La Casa De Isaac from Highwood/Highland Park, for their Salmon Mole Taco

Celebrate Highwood also hosted its third North Shore Taco 5K Run & Walk on Saturday, July 20 which raised over $8,000 for North Suburban Legal Aid Clinic. Out of almost 250 runners, Tyler Smith of Libertyville, a recent graduate of Brown University, where he ran cross country and track, came in at an impressive 18:10. All run participants received a run t-shirt and complimentary taco and soft drink, beer or margarita at Taco Fest.

"The overwhelming support that we receive from Celebrate Highwood and all of the participants in the North Shore Taco 5K Run and Walk plays a vital role in carrying out our mission— to provide accessi-ble, quality pro bono legal services in the areas of immigration, domestic violence, and housing to give those in need of access to justice the opportunity to live productive and secure lives,” says Susan Shul-man Executive Director of the North Suburban Legal Aid Clinic. “The success of the race is a reflection of the importance of our work and we are so grateful.”

A special thanks to our North Shore Taco Fest/Taco Run sponsors: Chiro One Wellness Centers, Col-lege of Lake County, Equinox Highland Park, Goslings Rum, M. Brad Slavin Farmers Insurance, Pas-sanante Home Food Service, Ravinia Brewing Company, and Renewal by Andersen.

For more information on North Shore Taco Fest and the Taco Run, visit

For more information on all of Celebrate Highwood’s 2019 series of family friendly festivals and events, please visit or

Celebrate Highwood is a 501(c)(3) non-profit public charity established in August 2016. Managed and operated by volunteers, our mission is to bring community together to raise funds for local and national charities. Through producing events that cater to the citizens, businesses and visitors of Highwood, our goal is give back, build strong community spirit, and establish Highwood as THE prime entertainment destination for dining, festivals and events on the North Shore. For more information on all of Highwood’s festivals, please visit,, or call 847-432-6000.


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Last Updated7/24/2019
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