As a gastronomic destination, Chicago is known variously as the land of deep-dish pizza, topping-laden hot dogs, and serious molecular gastronomy. But dive deeper into the city and you'll find a vibrant, multifaceted culinary culture in the form of countless late-night taquerias, fragrant elote carts, and roaming tamale trucks. Boasting one of the largest Mexican communities in the United States (second only to Los Angeles), Chicago offers authentic, soul-satisfying Mexican fare without the pricey international airfare. Should you find yourself in town, skip the hot dog carts in favor of tastes of Oaxaca, Jalisco, Sonora, Veracruz — as well as local interpretations of classics that are uniquely Chicagoan. Here, our itinerary for a straight 24-hour shot of Mexican food, noon to noon.