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Small Business Spotlight: With Taylor’s Tacos, West Coast Street Food Finds West Side Community

After moving back home to Chicago from California, Taylor Mason missed Los Angeles’ ubiquitous street tacos. She’d get an occasional whiff thanks to a guy who sporadically set up a grill on a Wicker Park sidewalk, drawing a line of hungry patrons that stretched down the block.

“It was hot of the plancha, right into your plate,” Mason said. “You could see the food being cooked right in front of you.”

That craving inspired Mason to launch Taylor’s Tacos, which she runs with her wife, Maya Mason. The business, an alum of the Polsky Center’s Small Business Growth Program, includes a catering service, taco truck, and event space. But it also has a broader mission.

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