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Your Guide to Celebrating Cinco de Mayo

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Sunday is Cinco de Mayo so get ready because there are going to be some wild celebrations. Get your party on at the following places with drink and food specials for the Mexican holiday. From a cooking demonstration at Mercadito to a BBQ meat-stuffed piñata at Smoke Daddy, there's plenty of fun stuff to go along with the customary margaritas and shots of tequila. But a little disclaimer: Come Monday morning, you're on your own with curing that hangover.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Mercadito

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108 W Kinzie St
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 329-9555
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Learn about Mexican twists on French classics with an interactive Cinco de Mayo Cooking demonstration by Patricio Sandoval tonight at Mercadito. The restaurant will also be offering a Brunch Fiesta on Saturday, and an All-Day Fiesta on Sunday featuring food specials, Bloody Mary and Margarita Brunch bottles and live music.

2. The Fifty/50

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2047 W Division St
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 489-5050
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Double down on the craziness and excitement this weekend at the Cinco de Derby Party taking place at The Fifty/50. On Saturday, Wild Turkey shots and drinks will be $5 while Sunday specials include $4 Corona bottles and $5 Cazadores shots.

3. Moonshine

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1824 W. Division St.
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 862-8686
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There is no better way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo than with Moonshine’s once-a-year outdoor Taco Bar featuring marinated skirt steak and chicken, a selection of tortillas and fixings, and unique hot sauces ($2 per taco). Wash the grub down with $5 Milagro Margaritas and $3 Tecate cans, hang out on the patio and win prizes in the piñata bashing contests.

4. Taco Joint

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1969 N Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60614
(312) 951-2457
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Taco Joint is teaming up with Glazed and Infused for a special Mexican-themed Cinco de Mayo doughnut. These margarita doughnuts will be available from Friday to Sunday and feature tequila, fresh lime zest and sea salt (three for $6 or six for $10). Drink specials will include $5 margaritas and $5 Tecate cans with a shot of Jimador blanco tequila.

5. Smoke Daddy

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1804 W Division St
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 772-6656
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Go hog wild and make a mess at BBQ Pinata Punishment! The festivities start at 5 p.m. when one lucky guest will have the opportunity to go to bat on a BBQ meat-stuffed piñata. Afterwards, stuff yourself on special $12 pulled pork or chicken BBQ enchiladas, $3 Pacificos, $5 margaritas, $4 Altos Blanco tequila and $15 sangria pitchers.

6. Bub City

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435 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 610-4200
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Paul McGee’s The Mexican Firing Squad cocktail ($10)— a frozen combination of Corazon Blanco tequila, pomegranate, lime and angostura—is the perfect libation for Cinco de Mayo. Follow it up by digging into a specialty dish created just for the day, BBQ tacos featuring chipotle-rubbed and hickory smoked Berkshire pork shoulder carnitas served with charred tomato salsa, crispy corn tortillas, refried black beans and rice.

7. ¡ay chiwowa!

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311 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 643-3200
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Stop by Rockit’s newest joint this Mexican holiday and try more than 80 tequilas along with kegged margaritas. Ay Chiwowa will throw a five-day celebration with live music and a mariachi band, starting on Wednesday, May 1 and running through Sunday, May 5, which will highlight a new spring-inspired margarita each day. Try creations such as the Black Cherry Basil Margarita, Pineapple Ginger Margarita and Acai Berry Jalapeno Margarita as well as Bandera shots. A special Cinco de Mayo menu will include staples like chicken tortilla soup, jicama cucumber salad, mollettes, and flan with Kahlua whipped cream.

8. Roots Pizza

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1924 W Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 645-4949
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Put on your best hats and celebrate all weekend for the Kentucky Derby and Cinco de Mayo. Saturday specials include $4 Woodford Reserve shots and mint juleps, and 20% off Lillie’s Q BBQ pulled pork pizzas. Then come back on Sunday for $4 Cazadores shots, $4 5 Rabbit, 5 Lizard and 5 Vulture beers, and 20% off all Roots’ signature Taco pizzas.

9. High Noon Saloon

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1560 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 227-9339
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The new Tex-Mex saloon will offer Cinco de Mayo drink specials including $4 Pacifico drafts, $3 Corona bottles and $3 Milagro shots in addition to over 30 tequilas and mezcals. DJ Found will spin from 2 p.m. to 2 a.m. and a live mariachi band will perform at 4 p.m.

10. Cactus Bar & Grill

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404 S Wells St
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 922-3830
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Start the party early with a Tres de Mayo celebration on Friday, May 3. Enjoy $7 Margaritas, $25 Mexican beer buckets of Corona and Corona Light, and $5 chips & salsa. Hang out and listen to a DJ spin from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. and win prizes during a raffle.

11. Frasca Pizzeria & Wine Bar

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3358 N. Paulina St.
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 248-5222
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In honor of the Mexican holiday, Frasca will offer Italian margaritas with Amaretto, $15 sangria pitchers, and a huevos rancheros pizza featuring ranchero base, three eggs, chilies, black bean puree and cilantro.

12. Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba

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2024 N Halsted St.
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 935-5000
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Round up a group and head to Café Ba-Ba-Reeba for half-priced signature craft cocktails all day long like the BaBa Margarita ($5.50) or the El Albaricoque, an apricot daiquiri.

13. Division Ale House

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1942 W. Division St.
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 384-6886
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Get down with a live mariachi band performing at 4:30 p.m. and order $3 Corona bottles, $3 El Jimador shots and $2 pulled pork tacos featuring whole-roasted pork with sautéed onions, mango salsa and queso fresco along with complimentary chips and salsa.

14. Tokio Pub

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1900 E Higgins Rd.
Schaumburg, IL 60173
(847) 517-2722
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Live it up with $1 tacos all day long at Tokio Pub. The fiesta will offer a selection of Crispy Chicken, Steak, Nacho Tacos, Crying Tiger Shrimp and Crispy Fish Tacos.

1. Mercadito

108 W Kinzie St, Chicago, IL 60610

Learn about Mexican twists on French classics with an interactive Cinco de Mayo Cooking demonstration by Patricio Sandoval tonight at Mercadito. The restaurant will also be offering a Brunch Fiesta on Saturday, and an All-Day Fiesta on Sunday featuring food specials, Bloody Mary and Margarita Brunch bottles and live music.

108 W Kinzie St
Chicago, IL 60610

2. The Fifty/50

2047 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60622

Double down on the craziness and excitement this weekend at the Cinco de Derby Party taking place at The Fifty/50. On Saturday, Wild Turkey shots and drinks will be $5 while Sunday specials include $4 Corona bottles and $5 Cazadores shots.

2047 W Division St
Chicago, IL 60622

3. Moonshine

1824 W. Division St., Chicago, IL 60622

There is no better way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo than with Moonshine’s once-a-year outdoor Taco Bar featuring marinated skirt steak and chicken, a selection of tortillas and fixings, and unique hot sauces ($2 per taco). Wash the grub down with $5 Milagro Margaritas and $3 Tecate cans, hang out on the patio and win prizes in the piñata bashing contests.

1824 W. Division St.
Chicago, IL 60622

4. Taco Joint

1969 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614

Taco Joint is teaming up with Glazed and Infused for a special Mexican-themed Cinco de Mayo doughnut. These margarita doughnuts will be available from Friday to Sunday and feature tequila, fresh lime zest and sea salt (three for $6 or six for $10). Drink specials will include $5 margaritas and $5 Tecate cans with a shot of Jimador blanco tequila.

1969 N Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60614

5. Smoke Daddy

1804 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60622

Go hog wild and make a mess at BBQ Pinata Punishment! The festivities start at 5 p.m. when one lucky guest will have the opportunity to go to bat on a BBQ meat-stuffed piñata. Afterwards, stuff yourself on special $12 pulled pork or chicken BBQ enchiladas, $3 Pacificos, $5 margaritas, $4 Altos Blanco tequila and $15 sangria pitchers.

1804 W Division St
Chicago, IL 60622

6. Bub City

435 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60610

Paul McGee’s The Mexican Firing Squad cocktail ($10)— a frozen combination of Corazon Blanco tequila, pomegranate, lime and angostura—is the perfect libation for Cinco de Mayo. Follow it up by digging into a specialty dish created just for the day, BBQ tacos featuring chipotle-rubbed and hickory smoked Berkshire pork shoulder carnitas served with charred tomato salsa, crispy corn tortillas, refried black beans and rice.

435 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60610

7. ¡ay chiwowa!

311 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60654

Stop by Rockit’s newest joint this Mexican holiday and try more than 80 tequilas along with kegged margaritas. Ay Chiwowa will throw a five-day celebration with live music and a mariachi band, starting on Wednesday, May 1 and running through Sunday, May 5, which will highlight a new spring-inspired margarita each day. Try creations such as the Black Cherry Basil Margarita, Pineapple Ginger Margarita and Acai Berry Jalapeno Margarita as well as Bandera shots. A special Cinco de Mayo menu will include staples like chicken tortilla soup, jicama cucumber salad, mollettes, and flan with Kahlua whipped cream.

311 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60654

8. Roots Pizza

1924 W Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60622

Put on your best hats and celebrate all weekend for the Kentucky Derby and Cinco de Mayo. Saturday specials include $4 Woodford Reserve shots and mint juleps, and 20% off Lillie’s Q BBQ pulled pork pizzas. Then come back on Sunday for $4 Cazadores shots, $4 5 Rabbit, 5 Lizard and 5 Vulture beers, and 20% off all Roots’ signature Taco pizzas.

1924 W Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622

9. High Noon Saloon

1560 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60622

The new Tex-Mex saloon will offer Cinco de Mayo drink specials including $4 Pacifico drafts, $3 Corona bottles and $3 Milagro shots in addition to over 30 tequilas and mezcals. DJ Found will spin from 2 p.m. to 2 a.m. and a live mariachi band will perform at 4 p.m.

1560 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622

10. Cactus Bar & Grill

404 S Wells St, Chicago, IL 60607

Start the party early with a Tres de Mayo celebration on Friday, May 3. Enjoy $7 Margaritas, $25 Mexican beer buckets of Corona and Corona Light, and $5 chips & salsa. Hang out and listen to a DJ spin from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. and win prizes during a raffle.

404 S Wells St
Chicago, IL 60607

11. Frasca Pizzeria & Wine Bar

3358 N. Paulina St., Chicago, IL 60657

In honor of the Mexican holiday, Frasca will offer Italian margaritas with Amaretto, $15 sangria pitchers, and a huevos rancheros pizza featuring ranchero base, three eggs, chilies, black bean puree and cilantro.

3358 N. Paulina St.
Chicago, IL 60657

12. Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba

2024 N Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60614

Round up a group and head to Café Ba-Ba-Reeba for half-priced signature craft cocktails all day long like the BaBa Margarita ($5.50) or the El Albaricoque, an apricot daiquiri.

2024 N Halsted St.
Chicago, IL 60614

13. Division Ale House

1942 W. Division St., Chicago, IL 60622

Get down with a live mariachi band performing at 4:30 p.m. and order $3 Corona bottles, $3 El Jimador shots and $2 pulled pork tacos featuring whole-roasted pork with sautéed onions, mango salsa and queso fresco along with complimentary chips and salsa.

1942 W. Division St.
Chicago, IL 60622

14. Tokio Pub

1900 E Higgins Rd., Schaumburg, IL 60173

Live it up with $1 tacos all day long at Tokio Pub. The fiesta will offer a selection of Crispy Chicken, Steak, Nacho Tacos, Crying Tiger Shrimp and Crispy Fish Tacos.

1900 E Higgins Rd.
Schaumburg, IL 60173

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