Cinco De Mayo falls on a Sunday this year, giving you all weekend to celebrate at your favorite Mexican restaurant. With margaritas, tequila shots, dance parties, and drag brunch, you won’t have time to stay home! Here is where you can go to celebrate.

Mexican Restaurants

Barcocina: Barcocina fuses traditional Mexican cuisine and various multicultural cooking techniques into modern Mexican fare. They also have a HUGE fabulous patio, large enough to fit you and your entire Cinco De Mayo crew! They are offering bottomless brunch on both Saturday and Sunday. It’s only $60 per person, and includes two hours of bottomless drinks, and an entrée/taco of your choice, and access to the brunch buffet. There will also be a live DJ! Brunch is available from 11 am to 3 pm. Start your celebrations early on Friday night, and get $10 off margarita pitchers! Make reservations here

Big Star: Located in Hotel Zachary, Big Star is a huge hub for tacos and Mexican street fare. They offer margaritas the way they should be served, by the pitcher! This two-story taco haven is a great place to celebrate Cinco De Mayo. Pro tip: You can never go wrong with the queso fundido. Make reservations here

Buena Vista: Family-owned and operated since 2004, the Ramirez family personally oversees all activities in the restaurant, from serving to cooking! They’re also open for breakfast, so you can begin the festivities bright and early. Did we mention their BYOB? You can not make reservations, they are first come first serve, and carry out is always an option!

Cesars Killer Margaritas: You won’t find store-bought, frozen, or pre-made food at Cesars Killer Margaritas! They make over 50 menu items by hand and to order, even the chips are handmade. The recipes we use have been passed down through the owners family for generations, originating from Mexico City. The margaritas at Cesars, are, well, killer! They have 18 different flavors, and they can all be bought by the pitcher. Explore the menu here!

Chilam Balam: Chilam Balam is a sustainably minded BYOB restaurant serving Mexican shared plates with a farm fresh twist. They strive to provide the tastiest and freshest ingredients while preparing all the dishes and other aliments without unnatural additives and ingredients (corn syrup, msg, etc). All of the dishes are designed to share at the table; you can either take a little piece, make a taco out of our fresh tortillas, or top one of our handmade tostadas. Most of the dishes on the menu also happen to be gluten-free! Reservations are HIGHLY recommended and can be made here.

El Jardin: El Jardin has been serving the Lakeview East community for DECADES! With delicious (and strong) margaritas, a massive patio, and authentic cuisine, why not spend Cinco De Mayo here?! For reservations and carry-out, call 773- 528- 6775.

El Nuevo Mexicano: Located right on bustling Clark Street, El Nuevo invites you to come party with them in celebration of Cinco De Mayo! Celebrate the classic way, with mariachi bands, sombreros, and some of the best Mexican food you will ever have. Their patio is an oasis of lights, plants, paintings done by the owner herself, and art that has been brought straight from Mexico. If you’re looking to celebrate authentically, don’t miss out on this fiesta!

Specials available both Saturday & Sunday: $10 House Margaritas, $5 Jimador Shots, $5 Imported Beer

El Mariachi Tequila Bar: Established in 1996, a father and his 2 sons opened a small 10-table restaurant in the Boystown/East Lakeview community. El Mariachi has gradually grown over the years by following a strict policy of only serving top-quality, authentic dishes and margaritas. Join them on Saturday morning and Cinco De Mayo for bottomless brunch! On Friday, they are hosting a Fizzy Friday Lunch, which includes bottomless mimosas and an entire entree from the lunch menu. From 7 to 9 pm, there will be a complimentary tasting from Codigo Tequila!vailable Saturday and Sunday 10 am-3 pm, includes bottomless mimosas and an entrée for just $31.99. Brunch is from 10 am to 3 pm, and dinner is served until 9 pm. Reserve your table now

El Taco Cart: If you’re looking for a casual place to dine or to get some carry-out, stop by El Taco Cart! Open until 3 am on Saturday, and until midnight on Sunday, you can celebrate Cinco De Mayo at any time. With affordable amazing cuisine and delicious homemade horchata, check out this late-night Northalsted restaurant.

La Biznaga: José G. and Chayo are not only business owners, they are a happily married couple of more than 20 years. They started La Biznaga #1 in 2016 with one goal in mind: creating dishes that are fresh, hearty, and affordable. “Our passion to expand the narrative of Mexican cuisine has materialized in the creation of a menu that offers 16 protein varieties. At the heart of our menu exist eight Signature Tacos and eight Classic Tacos; each with a unique taste profile. From our Mexican breakfast plates to our Epic Biz dinner plates, we got you covered as you feed the body in your quest to change the world for good.” They’ll be open at 9 am for breakfast, and will stay open for lunch, dinner, and drinks! View the menu here

Mixteco: Mixteco is a healthy fast-casual Mexican restaurant, with three locations! They have all the Cinco De Mayo necessities, from fajitas and enchiladas to Chimichangas. Finish your meal strong with their homemade Dulce De Leche. Choose delivery, carry out, or dine in! Check out the menu and order here

Moe’s Cantina: If you’ve been out in Wrigleyville at night on the weekend, we know you’re familiar with Moe’s Cantina. Moe’s offers a menu of shareable small plates, traditional full-sized entrees, signature tacos and a cocktail list featuring house-made sangria, handmade margaritas, premium tequilas, and more. The cantina features exposed brick walls, concrete-topped bars, an open kitchen with wood-burning grills, retractable glass garage doors, a state-of-the-art sound system, and a plethora of HDTVs showing the day’s top sporting events! Pro Tip: Do yourself a favor and order the pitcher. Make reservations here

Savanna: Discover a breakfast and brunch haven like no other at Savanna, situated right in the heart of Northalsted! Savanna offers a unique twist on breakfast, founded in 2016 by the Calderón brothers who are from Ecuador. Their establishment seamlessly blends Latin flavors with traditional American breakfast fare. Boasting an extensive menu, Savanna caters to all tastes, whether you’re craving something sweet, savory, or light and nutritious. On Cinco De Mayo, they will be playing Mariachi music all day. They are open from 8 am to 3 pm both Saturday & Sunday!

Events

Drag Brunch at Lark: Party at Lark for Cinco De Mayo all weekend long! Specials for both Saturday & Sunday include $8 1800 Margaritas and $6 Coronas and Modelos. They’ll be serving Mexican-inspired dinner specials: flautas, tacos, & more!

On Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 3 pm, enjoy Latin drag performances by Venus Carangi and Hctor MTZ Brooklyn including all your favorite Latin pop stars! Bottomless options are always available for brunch for endless fun. Make reservations here

Drag Brunch at Kit Kat: Get your fiesta started at Northalsted infamous supper club and lounge, Kit Kat! Saturday and Sunday morning Shantell D’marco and hostess Angelicia Maria will be ensuring you’re having a great Cinco De Mayo weekend. Specials include free-flowing mimosas, $8.95 margaritas, and $4 Modelos. They’ll have Mexican cuisine specials available as well! Make reservations here

Duffy’s: Duffy’s is throwing a Cinco Sunday Brunch Party! From 11 am to 3 pm, the $40 brunch package includes access to the buffet, mimosas, bloody marys, well drinks and drafts. Other specials for the day include $10 Mi Campo Margaritas and $7 Modelo drafts! Book a table here

Rocks: In celebration of Cinco De Mayo, Rocks will be serving Nalgas Gigantes pretzels, Cinco nachos, draft, and bucket specials, and will have margarita specials! Get ready for a rockin’ Cinco De Mayo!