May is here! And you already know what our very first celebration kicking off Chicago’s summer will be — Cinco de Mayo! With Chicagoans so crazy about tacos and Mexican foods, Cinco De Mayo is a holiday you do not want to miss! So, what restaurants are running awesome Cinco specials this year? As always, we’ve got the best list in town for ya!
1419 N Wells St, Chicago, IL 60610
Come drink, eat, and dance as Old Town Pour House partners up with Chicago Sports and Social for a festive Cinco de Mayo celebration! From 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., guests will enjoy delicious food and drink specials, along with live DJ entertainment and “Mexican Bingo” (more commonly known as Lotería.) Tickets are $20 and include two drinks (drinks over $15 not included), a chips and salsa station, plus access to the DJ and bingo.
15 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60610
Hopsmith is giving away a free order of tacos at Taco Alley during late night hours, when an order of tacos is purchased at Hopsmith on Cinco de Mayo. The free order is redeemable through the end of June. However, Hopsmith will keep the party going as their Taco Alley window will also be serving free tacos from 11 pm to Midnight on Saturday, May 7!
2159 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
The Ukrainian Village tap celebrates Cinco de Mayo with Mexican-inspired specials on Thursday, May 5. Enjoy options such as a $13 Skirt Steak Taco Dinner or a $10 Steak Burrito. Pair the specials with a $3 Tecate can, a full-bodied lager with a refreshing crisp malt flavor and a pleasant aftertaste; or a $5 Sun King Brewery Pachanga draft, an Indianapolis-made Mexican-style lager with a crisp malt flavor, low bitterness, subtle sweetness, and a slight lingering bitterness.
916 W Fulton Market, Chicago, IL 60607
Celebrate May 5th at the city’s largest food hall! Time Out Market Chicago will be featuring specials by Don Julio, a Build Your Own Margarita Bar, live entertainment and so much more. Plus, Lil Amaru features an array of tacos, salsa, guacamole, and other Mexican street fares by James Beard semifinalist Chef Rodolfo Cuadros. Attendance is free and food and drink are available a la carte. Grab your reservation here!
49 E Cermak Rd, Chicago, IL 60616
This takeout and delivery concept by James Beard Nominated Chef Erick Williams is supporting and celebrating for the entire month of May with a special promotion! Beginning Monday, May 2nd, the restaurant, located at 49 E. Cermak, will honor Cinco de Mayo as well as show support for the team’s Mexican brothers and sisters with its “Taco Today” offering including Three Steak Tacos with salsa borracha, rice, and beans for $16.99.
465 N McClurg Ct, Chicago, IL 60611
Looking for a non-traditional celebration for Cinco de Mayo in Chicago? On Thursday, May 5th, Robert’s will be celebrating with $24 buckets of Modelos (6 beers), $10 Margaritas, and a special Carne Asada Pizza ($28) featuring grilled steak, queso fresco, black beans, and fresh guacamole. While Robert’s mixes up a variety of margaritas, we’re partial to the Blood Orange Margarita – tequila, orange curacao, fresh lime, ginger syrup, blood orange, and citrus salt, the restaurant’s signature drink. Order it spicy for a little extra kick!
1925 W Cortland St, Chicago, IL 60622
Lottie’s will be kicking off Cinco de Mayo with a happy hour from 6 to 7:30 PM! Guests can sip on $4 Dos Equis Pints, $6 Mamitas Seltzers, $6 Dobel Shots, and $7 Jose Traditional Margaritas. Festive food specials will include $3 Tacos (Steak, Chicken or Shrimp), $5 Elotes, and Craft Winchester Chips & Salsa Flights; which include a selection of 4 delicious salsas- Charred Shishito Pepper, Peruvian Chili & Cumin, Chipotle & Huitlacoche, and Classic Roja.
Featured Image Credit: Taco Alley