Located on the beach in Loyola Park, where Greenleaf Avenue meets Lake Michigan, El Campeon serves delicious virgin piña coladas in hallowed out pineapples, along with tortas, churros, elotes and quesadillas.
Join me at El Campeon this Friday, June 29th, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., and enjoy a complementary sample of their culinary offerings, together with an authentic virgin piña colada, Acapulco style (I’ll provide a little rum with your virgin piña colada, if you’d like to give your drink a little kick). To add to the festive atmosphere, I’ll also offer beer, wine, margaritas and soft drinks.
Owners Andy Peña (see photo below) and his brother, Cristian, will be our hosts. Proud immigrants from Mexico, the Peña family epitomizes the American dream. They built El Campeón from a small catering company in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood in 1993 to a nationwide enterprise.
In addition to catering special events, the Peñas operate food trucks and participate as vendors in street festivals throughout the Chicago area, as well as Los Angeles and Miami. Their exotic and tasteful Acapulco-style piña colada is a staple at every event. The stand at Loyola Park represents their first “bricks and mortar” enterprise.
“We pride ourselves in creating an experience for our customers unlike anything they’ve seen before,” says Andy Peña. “From cutting and masterfully carving our fresh pineapples, to blending our family recipe to perfection, we at El Campeón strive to take you on a trip to paradise, Acapulco style!”
This Friday’s weather forecast predicts sunny skies with temperatures approaching 90 degrees, a perfect day to spend at the beach, sipping on a piña colada! Please join us at El Campeon!
Follow Me on Friday is one of my efforts to encourage my constituents to sample some of the 49th Ward’s finest restaurants, pubs, businesses and festivals. About once or twice a month on my Facebook page, I post the name and location of a local restaurant, pub, business or festival where I’ll be hanging out after work on Friday. The establishment offers specials for all my Facebook followers and their friends. It’s a great opportunity for you to check out one of the fine local 49th Ward businesses you may not have visited before.
Previous Follow Me on Friday locations include Ethiopian Diamond II, 7537 N. Clark; Waterfront Cafe, 6219 N. Sheridan; Good To Go Jamaican Cuisine & Fruit Bar, 1947 W. Howard; the Caribbean American Bakery, 1539 W. Howard; The Glenwood, 6962 N. Glenwood; Bruno and Tim’s Lounge, 6562 N. Sheridan; Mayne Stage, 1328 W. Morse; the Common Cup, 1501 W. Morse; The Fish Keg, 2233 W. Howard; La Cazuela, 6922 N. Clark; El Famous Burrito, 7047 N. Clark; The New 400 Theaters, 6746 N. Sheridan; Rogers Park Fine Wine and Spirits, 6733 N. Clark; Poitin Stil, 1502 W. Jarvis; Northside Community Resources, 1530 W. Morse; Felice’s Roman Style Pizza, 6441 N. Sheridan; Lighthouse Tavern, 1236 W. Chase; Royal Coffee Chicago, 6764 N. Sheridan; the Greenleaf Arts Center, 1806 W. Greenleaf; Taste Food and Wine, 1506 W. Jarvis; Badou Senegalese Cuisine, 2055 W. Howard; Morse Gyros and Chicken, 1335 W. Morse; Den Den Restaurant, 6635 N. Clark; Bop ‘N’ Grill, 6604 N. Sheridan, El Pulpo Loco, 6619 N. Clark; R Public House, 1508 W. Jarvis; the Glenwood Dance Studio, 7017 N. Glenwood; Twisted Tapas, 1146 W. Pratt; La Choza Mexican Grill, 7022 N. Clark; Rogers Park Social, 6920 N. Glenwood; the Pottawattomie Park Picnic in the Park, 7340 N. Rogers; Audio Archaeology, 1324 W. Devon; Thai Spice, 1320 W. Devon; VZN Eye Care, 6814 N. Sheridan; Hops and Grapes, 6816 N. Sheridan; SP Kebab, 6808 N. Sheridan; Devon Heartland Health Center, 1300 W. Devon; The Oasis, 6809 N. Sheridan; Ireland’s, 6511 N. Sheridan; McDonald’s, 6740 N. Clark; Oak Street Health, 1541 W. Devon; BMO Harris Smart Branch, 6556 N. Sheridan; True Nature Foods at the Heartland Cafe, 7000 N. Glenwood; Pub 626, 1406 W. Morse; Su Taqueria El Rey del Taco, 7138 N. Clark; The Side Project, 1435 W. Jarvis; NovaCare Rehabilitation, 1214 W. Loyola Court; Leona’s, 6935 N. Sheridan; Capt’n Nemo’s, 7367 N. Clark; Cunneen’s Bar, 1424 W. Devon; Lakeshore Community Partners, 6443 N. Sheridan; the Factory Theater, 1623 W. Howard; Rogers Pier, 6800 N. Sheridan; Safari Lounge & Ethiopian Cuisine, 7124 N. Clark; Clarke’s Diner, 6431 N. Sheridan; the A&T Pancake House and Grill, 7036 N. Clark; Anytime Fitness Chicago-North, 1346 W. Devon; Theater Above the Law, 1439 W. Jarvis; Blaze Pizza–Loyola, 6550 N. Sheridan; Caffé ArrivaDolce, 6451 N. Sheridan; the Rogers Park/West Ridge Historical Society, 7363 N. Greenview; Reflections of Lola, 1771 W. Greenleaf; the State Farm insurance office of Nick Kosiek, 7051 N. Clark; Red Sea Restaurant, 2043 W. Howard; Bulldog Ale House, 6606 N Sheridan; the Kermes Street Festival at St. Jerome Church, 1709 W. Lunt; Empirical Brew Pub, 1330 W. Morse; I Dream of Falafel, 6558 N. Sheridan; Nodd Pottery, 7063 N. Glenwood; Midnight Mac & Cheeserie, 6981 N. Sheridan; the Heartland Cafe Bar, 7006 N. Glenwood; TJam Kitchen, 1418 W. Howard; and El Garcia, 7517 N. Western; South of the Border, 1416 W. Morse; Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers, 6568 N. Sheridan; Urban Warrior Fitness and Wellness, 1546 W. Howard; and Argo Tea Cafe, 6576 N. Sheridan.
I look forward to enjoying a little slice of paradise with you this Friday at El Campeón!