Derby Day parties
Chicago q is featuring an all-you-can-eat buffet with bacon cheddar hush puppies, smoked deviled eggs, pulled pork sliders and more. It'll also have beer and special cocktails, like bourbon punch. Tickets are $60 and a portion of proceeds will benefit the Ronald McDonald House.
Commonwealth Tavern will have specials all day, with $2 14-ounce Miller Lite drafts, $4 Blue Moon pints and $6 Buffalo Trace mint juleps.
Frontier will have $7 Woodford Reserve mint juleps, $6 blackberry punch, $5 Apex Predator drafts and a $12 fried chicken plate. Watch the race in the beer garden.
From 2–6pm, Howells & Hood will be hosting a Kentucky Derby party to benefit the Greater Chicago Food Depository. A Southern-inspired buffet will be available with dishes like blackstrap ham, hush puppies, bourbon-glazed baby back ribs, Derby pie and more. Mint julep snow cones will also be available.
The party goes from noon–8pm at IO, which is hosting a Bourbon 101 tasting class at 1, 2, 3 and 4pm. No Kentucky Derby party is complete without hats, so wear your own or pick one up at the party—there are prizes for best hat, among other categories.
The J. Parker is hosting a Derby Day bash with mint juleps, bites and a DJ. Derby attire is encouraged.
Lillie's Q is offering a $35 prix-fixe menu which features dishes like Western Kentucky mutton barbecue. Drinks, like the mint julep and Lillie's julep, will also be available.
Besides its best Derby hat contest, Lottie's Pub will have $5 mint juleps and $15 bourbon flights.
Kick off Derby Day with $6 Marker's Mark mint juleps and $5 Buffalo Trace shots.
The festivities start with live music at 11am, and include hot brown sandwiches and Woodford Reserve mint juleps. Wear your best Derby attire—there are cash prizes for best dressed.