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Cinco de Mayo in Chicago 2013

Where to celebrate Cinco de Mayo 2013 in Chicago.


Whether you're celebrating Mexican-American pride or simply the joy that is tequila shots, here's where the parties are happening over Cinco de Mayo weekend. 

¡Ay Chiwowa!
What you'll eat Specials like chicken-tortilla soup, jicama-cucumber salad, chile rellenos, molletes and flan with Kahlua whipped cream
What you'll drink A different margarita each day, whether it's pineapple-ginger or acai-berry-jalapeno
When you'll party During the "Cinco days of Cinco," Wednesday, May 1–Sunday, May 5

Cactus Bar & Grill
What you'll eat $5 salsa and chips
What you'll drink $7 margaritas, $25 Mexican beer buckets
When you'll party "Tres de Mayo" (Friday, May 3)

Division Ale House
What you'll eat $2 pulled-pork tacos (whole-roasted pork with mango salsa) with complimentary chips and salsa
What you'll drink $3 Corona bottles, $3 El Jimador shots
When you'll party Sunday, May 5—the mariachi band begins at 4:30pm (no cover)

The Fifty/50
What you'll eat With all the shots you'll be taking, hopefully a snack
What you'll drink $4 Coronas and $5 Cazadores tequila shots—or $5 Wild Turkey bourbon shots if you want to change it up and celebrate Derby Day instead
When you'll party Saturday, May 4 (10am–3am) and Sunday, May 5 (10am–2am)

What you'll eat Chili con queso fondue with apples, grapes, bread and tortilla chips for dipping
What you'll drink $5 Negra Modelos and margaritas
When you'll party Sunday, May 5

Kit Kat
What you'll eat The usual (chicken and waffles, Rice Krispie French toast) or a $25 prix-fixe that includes two courses and brunch cocktails, all to the tunes of Latin pop sensations (Shakira, Gloria Estefan, Selena) performed by Diva Madam X
What you'll drink Half-price tequila cocktails ($6.25 each)
When you'll party Sunday, May 5 (11am–4pm)

What you'll eat Huevos rancheros and chilaquiles at brunch
What you'll drink Bloody Mary and margarita "Brunch bottles" for $35 (both days)
When you'll party Saturday, May 4 (brunch), Sunday, May 5 (all day, with a mariachi band during the day and a DJ in the evening)

What you'll eat The "once-a-year Taco Bar" ($2 per taco) on Sunday, May 5
What you'll drink $5 Milagro margaritas, $3 Tecate cans
When you'll party Friday, May 3–Sunday, May 5

Pioneer Tavern Group
What you'll eat It depends how long you spend on the free trolley, which is taking boozers from Lottie's ($1.50 tacos) to Frontier ($3 churros and elotes) to the Pony ($10 taco trio).
What you'll drink Dos Equis beer, Maestro Dobel tequila and whatever else is on the trolley
When you'll party Sunday, May 5, beginning at 1pm at Lottie's (e-mail freetrolley@pioneertaverngroup.com to sign up)

R.J. Grunts
What you'll eat The new "Chihuahua burger," a half-pound patty topped with Chihuahua cheese, jalapeño cabbage slaw, pickled red onions, cilantro and Cholula garlic aioli
What you'll drink Señor Grunts's "Muy Delicioso Margarita" made with Sauza Hornitos tequila, organic agave nectar and fresh lime
When you'll party Anytime in May

Roots Handmade Pizza
What you'll eat Taco pizzas, which are actually good and 20 percent off all weekend
What you'll drink $4 Cazadores tequila shots; $4 5 Rabbit, 5 Lizard and 5 Vulture beers
When you'll party Saturday, May 4 (11am–3am) and Sunday, May 5 (11am–2am)

What you'll eat
A four-course dinner...
What you'll drink ...paired with Familia Partida tequilas ($75, plus tax and gratuity)
When you'll party Thursday, May 2 (reservations recommended)

What you'll eat
A margarita cupcake (tequila-key lime cake with key-lime frosting and a rim of fleur de sel, adorned with a green-and-red dot)
What you'll drink Your maturity?
When you'll party eat this cupcake May 3–23

Taco Joint (both locations)
What you'll eat Can you eat tequila? (Kidding, there's a full menu of Mexican street food, and a special margarita doughnut at the Lincoln Park location.)
What you'll drink $5 margaritas and $5 cans of Tecate served with a shot of Jimador blanco tequila
When you'll party Friday, May 3–Sunday, May 5

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