Cinco de Mayo events in Chicago

From live mariachi bands to great deals on tacos and margaritas, here's where to celebrate Cinco de Mayo this weekend

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Cinco de Mayo commemorates Mexico's victory against the French in the 1862 battle of Puebla, but in Chicago we celebrate Mexican culture and heritage with traditional dishes, Coronas, mariachis and a round (or many) of tacos, tequila and margaritas.


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Ay Chiwowa

  • Price band: 3/4

Avion tequila shots, margaritas, Corona buckets and housemade sangria will be available along with tortas and taquitos.

  1. 311 W Chicago Ave
  2. May 5, noon. $5–$20 food and drink specials.
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A Baker's Tale

  • Price band: 1/4

Celebrate sweetly with a special salted lime macaron and margarita cupcake. The regular Mexican chocolate cupcake and lime zest coconut macaroons will also be available.

  1. 2127 W Division St
  2. Mon May 5
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Barbakoa

  • Price band: 2/4

Barbakoa is having a five-day celebration with Margarita Puro pitchers on May 1; a performance by Ritmo Flamenco on May 2; a pig roast, margarita pitchers and live music at 8pm on May 3; and live music and dance performances on May 4. On May 5, there's a prix-fixe menu including a drink flight and Latin specialties, and half-off Margarita Puro pitchers.

  1. 1341 Butterfield Rd, Downers Grove
  2. May 1–5
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Bull and Bear

  • Price band: 3/4

Three different margaritas are available along with Mexican-inspired food specials including a guacamole trio, stuffed peppers, mini barbacoa tacos and churros with Rumchata-infused chocolate sauce.

  1. 431 N Wells St
  2. May 5, 11:30am–2am.
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Cantina Laredo

  • Price band: 2/4

Orquesta Suave will play at the restaurant's Cinco de Mayo festivities, which also include dance performances from the Dance Academy of Salsa, and a menu including tacos, ceviche, empanadas and two special cocktails.

  1. 508 N State St
  2. May 5, 5–11pm.
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Division Ale House

  • Price band: 1/4

The pub's festive menu includes fried avocado tacos, smoked brisket tacos with roasted poblano peppers, $4 Dos Equis XX and a house-infused watermelon margarita.

  1. 1942 W Division St
  2. May 2–5
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DMK Burger Bar

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

DMK Burger Bar will be serving three sliders for $10: the chilaquiles burger; the #4, with roasted Hatch green chiles, fried egg, Sonoma jack and smoked bacon; and the #6, with chorizo, guacamole, Sonoma jack, chipotle aioli, cilantro and onions. Plus, order the Mexican Firing Squad, made with Lunazul tequila, housemade grenadine and lime.

  1. 2954 N Sheffield Ave
  2. Mon May 5
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Dusek's Board and Beer

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

The Pilsen spot is hosting an oyster happy hour with Astra, Tecate and Mistinguett Cava Brut pairings.

  1. 1227 W 18th St
  2. May 5, 5–7pm. $1–$6 specials.
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Fish Bar

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 1/4

After you've had sliders at DMK, head next door to Fish Bar for the Vampiro, made with housemade sangria, tequila and grapefruit, which is then carbonated and bottled. Fish Bar is also offering two fried shrimp tacos with pico de gallo and spicy jicama slaw for $9.

  1. 2956 N Sheffield Ave
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freestyle food+drink

  • Price band: 2/4

Expect chips and guacamole, tacos, queso fundido and three different margaritas made with Corzo reposado, Cointreau and housemade syrups.

  1. 660 N State St
  2. Mon May 5
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High Noon Saloon

  • Price band: 2/4

The Tex-Mex spot is celebrating with a live mariachi performance, $4 Pacifico drafts, $3 tequila shots, $8 margaritas and an extended menu featuring $3 sliders made with roasted chicken, mole poblano, and pasilla ancho and guajillo chiles.

  1. 1560 N Milwaukee Ave
  2. A la carte with specials
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Honey Butter Fried Chicken

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

Honey Butter Fried Chicken celebrates Cinco de Mayo with a special dinner that includes chips and salsa, pork belly chicharron sopes, green chile lamb tamales, and one margarita and one 5 Rabbit beer.

  1. 3361 N Elston Ave
  2. May 5, 6pm & 8:30pm. $45.
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Kinmont Restaurant

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 2/4

The restaurant's event space, Ampersand, is hosting a French-Mexican fusion dinner featuring five courses and drinks by Yo Soy Supper Club.

  1. 419 W Superior St
  2. May 3, 7–9:30pm. $25.
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LYFE Kitchen

  • Price band: 2/4

LYFE Kitchen is offering complimentary guacamole and chips to the first 100 people who dine in between 11am–noon and 4–5pm. 

  1. 419 N Clark St
  2. Mon May 5
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Mercadito

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 2/4

Food and cocktail specials include huaraches with black bean hash, chicken mole, short ribs and other toppings and a Jalapeño Popper cocktail with jalapeño-infused tequila, jalapeño syrup, lemon juice and agave nectar.

  1. 108 W Kinzie St
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Nacional 27

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

The celebrations at this pan-Latin restaurant last four days and feature samba lessons, $3 beers and half-price ceviche and tapas on May 1; a happy hour with music and discounted Dos Equis, margaritas, tacos and fish bowls with beer-ritas on May 2; an enchilada dinner special on May 3; Herradura margaritas and tequila flights on May 4; and a closing party with music, $5 Latin snacks and $3 Coronas on May 5.

  1. 325 W Huron St
  2. May 1–5
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Old Town Social

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

Old Town Social is celebrating with housemade tacos, cheddar jack potato taquitos and More Than a Girl's Name, a $12 cocktail made with Don Julio Reposado, Bols Orange, Triple Sec, lime, agave and orange blossom water.

  1. 455 W North Ave
  2. May 5, 5pm–2am.
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Public House

  • Price band: 2/4

The bar is offering a five-course Mexican-inspired dinner featuring housemade margaritas, chicken chicharrones and green chili tortilla chips, shrimp and jumbo lump crab ceviches, chicken enchiladas, pork shank mole and sopapillas with Mexican hot chocolate sauce for dessert.

  1. 400 N State St
  2. Mon May 5
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R.J. Grunts

  • Price band: 1/4

The Lincoln Park spot is celebrating with an all-you-can-eat taco bar, margaritas, Coronas and Tecates.

  1. 2056 N Lincoln Park West
  2. May 5, 11am–midnight.
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State & Lake

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 2/4

State and Lake is offering 60oz margaritas for $40, plus $5 Corona tall boys, $5 sangrita shots, and other food and drink specials. 

  1. 201 N State St
  2. Mon May 5
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2Sparrows

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 1/4

Start the day with a Mexican-inspired menu including chiles rellenos, roasted chicken or beef chorizo chilaquiles and a festive Tequila Sunrise, available for breakfast and brunch.

  1. 553 W Diversey Pkwy
  2. May 5, 8am–3pm.
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Taco Joint

  • Price band: 2/4

Live music, Herradura tequila cocktails, Modelo Especial beers and Mexican street eats are part of the celebrations at the taqueria's River North and Lincoln Park locations.

  1. 1969 N Halsted St
  2. May 2–5
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Takito Kitchen

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Celebrate all weekend with a special lamb barbacoa cemita and ceviche. On May 3 and 4 from 3–6pm, get two tacos and a margarita for $12. On May 5, Takito opens at 11am with a live mariachi band.

  1. 2013 W Division St
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Tavern on Rush

  • Price band: 3/4

A themed menu featuring homemade pork tamales, steak tacos and tortilla chips with salsa will be served along $3 bottles of Corona.

  1. 1031 N Rush St
  2. Mon May 5
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Vanille Patisserie

  • Price band: 2/4

Vanille is making a special Cinco de Mayo tequila lime macaron with edible 24-carat gold powder. 

  1. 2229 N Clybourn Ave
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