Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Chicago!

Events, Food — By adimarcial on May 4, 2011 at 6:12 pm

Cinco de Mayo means two things – good food and an even better margarita! In an eating and drinking city, this festive holiday gives Chicagoans another reason to go out and enjoy the city’s marvelous food and drink. So make this day an excuse to try some of Chicago’s best Mexican restaurants. Here are a few suggestions:

1. Mercadito
Get ready for a lively night at this fun and chic downtown restaurant, billed as a taco-and-tequila parlor. Cinco de Mayo celebrations will feature their original taco menu, live music, and plenty of margarita pitchers. Order off the regular menu, or enjoy the $40 family style menu. www.mercaditorestaurants.com

2. Salud Tequila Lounge
This is where the fiesta is at! Get ready for a hot Latin street festival right outside the restaurant featuring a live salsa band, dancing, an outdoor grill, and plenty of food and drinks! The festival is only a $5 donation, and begins at 3pm, moving indoors at 10pm. www.saludlounge.com

3. Zocalo
Get your drink on at this fun River North restaurant, which will feature a live mariachi band, and margaritas for only $5! They will offer a special Cinco de Mayo bar menu, as well as plenty of tacos and tortas at a reasonable price. Plus, there will be raffles and prizes all night! www.zocalochicago.com

4. Zapatista
Enjoy a more traditional night at this popular South Loop Mexican restaurant. It is a great size for large parties, with plenty of rooms and bar seating. They will offer a live traditional band from Veracruz, Mexico, as well as an art gallery, featuring Mexican artists, plus plenty of food and beverages to keep you happy! www.zapatistacantina.com

For award-winning Mexican food, this is your place! Run by Rick Bayless, XOCO features contemporary versions of traditional Mexican street food. As you step directly into the kitchen your mouth will be begin to water as you take in the fabulous aromas of fresh tortas, churros, and barbacoa! This is a casual dining experience and you can even just order takeout! www.rickbayless.com

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