South Lawndale is a community area on the West Side of Chicago, Illinois. Over 80% of the residents are of Mexican descent and the community is home to the largest foreign-born Mexican population in Chicago. The aroma of traditional Mexican cuisine wafts from sidewalk carts and eateries on 2 mile-long 26th Street. Unconventional food like rattlesnake and alligator is on the menu at La Casa de Samuel, while colorful shops sell everything from piñatas to quinceañera dresses.