It is never too early to plan for Cinco de Mayo & CHI-lebrity has your top picks for ways to celebrate May 5th in style.
Taco Joint Urban Taqueria and Cantina
Taco Joint offers regional Mexican street fare, incorporating the unique and festive flavors found throughout the marketplaces of Mexico. From Friday May 3rd through Sunday May 5th, the restaurants (Lincoln Park and River North) will feature three days of Cinco de Mayo-inspired drink specials, including $5 margaritas and $5 cans of Tecate served with a shot of Jimador blanco tequila.
On Saturday May 4th, Taco Joint (both locations) will hold a “Derby de Mayo” party featuring $5 mint juleps made with bourbon, tequila and rum. Guests will be entered to win prizes including dining gift certificates, bottles of tequila and tequila brand merchandise. Taco Joint in River North will celebrate the opening of their large sidewalk patio on May 4th and a DJ will spin starting at 8PM.
Taco Joint's cantina menu offers over 50 boutique tequilas made from 100% Blue Agave, which are showcased in a variety of tequila flights, along with margaritas, sangria and cocktails. Tequila lockers are available, giving guests the option to purchase bottles and store them for future visits.
Taco Joint River North: 158 W. Ontario & Taco Joint Lincoln Park: 1969 N. Halsted
ZOCALO Restaurant and Tequila Bar
ZOCALO Restaurant and Tequila Bar in River North features both classic and contemporary preparations of Mexico’s regional dishes. From Friday May 3rd to Sunday May 5th, the restaurant will offer Cinco de Mayo drink specials including $5 margaritas and $5 cans of Tecate served with a shot of Jimador blanco tequila. Latin band Fandanguero will perform in the lounge on Friday May 3rd from 7-10pm.
On Saturday May 4th, Latin band Acustico will perform in the lounge from 7-10PM, alternating with a DJ spinning from 8PM to midnight. A raffle will held for prizes including dining gift certificates, bottles of tequila, tequila merchandise and more. ZOCALO offers over 130 tequilas and mezcals, which may be enjoyed neat, or in one of many mouthwatering margaritas and signature cocktails.
ZOCALO: 358 W. Ontario
High Noon Saloon
On Sunday May 5th, Wicker Park’s High Noon Saloon will offer Cinco de Mayo drink specials including $4 Pacifico Drafts, $3 Corona Bottles and $3 Milagro Shots. DJ Pound will spin from 2PM-2AM. and a live mariachi band will perform at 4PM. High Noon Saloon’s sidewalk patio on Milwaukee Avenue will be open (weather permitting). The “saloon-style” venue features Tex Mex cuisine, an array of margaritas and over 30 tequilas and mezcals.
High Noon Saloon: 1560 N. Milwaukee
Cactus Bar & Grill
Loop located Cactus Bar & Grill will celebrate “Tres de Mayo” on Friday May 3rd. The pre-cinco party will feature $7 Margaritas, $25 Mexican beer buckets (Corona/Corona Light) and $5 salsa & chips. A DJ will spin from 4-9PM and a raffle will be held for prizes including beach chairs, gift certificates, Sox tickets and a Corona-stocked beer cooler. The vacation-esque bar, where it's always "Man vs. Margarita," offers a full menu of pub favorites (burgers, wings, salads and wraps) including Mexican-inspired dishes such as guacamole and chips, chicken tortilla soup, mini tostadas, quesadillas, taco salad and more.
Cactus Bar and Grill: 404 S. Wells