Located in the Little Village of Chicago right after you pass the monumental arch, the tortilleria serves as a pillar for good entertainment and status of history. Little village has served as a safe space for Latinx people to feel welcomed and express their true culture. Whether it has been opening stores, flea markets, different restaurants, the tortilleria has allowed the people of the community to learn and enjoy a part of the Mexican culture. The tortilleria and taqueria serve a lot of the Mexican community that resides in Little Village, considering that when the tortilleria opened in the 1980s, Latinos represented 47% of the population with Mexicans as the dominant ethnic group. The tortilleria and taqueria were a breath of fresh air when it opened in Little Village as it brought comfort and ease to the Latinx population, as it still does today.
Over the last few decades, tortillas have become a mainstream food that has increased consumption all over the United States, and this tortilleria contributes to that consumption. Tortillas have been paired with many other meals as an added piece of food needed, therefore contributing to their popularity over the years. At El Milagro, the food has been recognized by many critiques in Chicago, even being broadcasted on food channels like ‘Chicago’s Best.’ Now, people from the metropolitan area all come down to Little Village to enjoy the freshly made tortillas and food. Those that can’t make it enjoy the tortillas that this location produces and ships out.
Something that stands out as you approach the tortilleria, you can clearly see the side wall covered with mural art. With bright colors and real people painted on the side, the art tells a story. The painting flows but has different subjects and objects; a big Mexican flag with roses surrounding it catch attention right away, and next to them are images of Mexican men and women who seem to be very happy. Next to them is a little girl who looks out away from the people with a different facial expression. All of the separate images come together to connect with the buildings rich history. Given the history of the company and its establishment within Little Village, the art is meant to represent the close connection that the tortilleria has with culture.
So, whether you’re in the mood for some tasty food or seeing a piece of history, you can find both of these things at Tortilleria El Milagro.