Get the tequila ready! The countdown to Cinco De Mayo is on. We have not been able to properly celebrate the holiday the past two years, so we know this fiesta is going to be huge. Here are all the places in the area where you can go on Thursday, May 5th to celebrate all day long.
Barcocina fuses traditional Mexican cuisine and various multicultural cooking techniques into modern Mexican fare. The fresh ingredients and three distinct beverage categories will let out your sweet, smoky, and spicy side while you drink to the joys of life. Come gather this holiday with friends in walls lined with open-air garage doors among rustic reclaimed wood and sensual fireplaces. You will feel the warmth of relaxing on a sunny beach and the coziness of a mountain cabin in the comfort of Chicago. Barcocina also has a dog friendly patio, so your pooch won’t miss out.
Family owned and operated since 2004, the Ramirez family personally oversees all activities in the restaurant, from serving to cooking! Their also open for breakfast, so you can begin the festivities bright and early.
Buena Vista has a great cocktail list, but they offer a BYOB option!
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.
The name Chilam Balam loosely translates to “Book of the Jaguar Priest” in the Mayan language. 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 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 the handmade tostadas.
Most of the dishes on the menu also happen to be gluten free!
El Burrito Mexicano is a snug cantina offering fast-food Mexican classics for lunch, dinner & is open late-night. Come by until 1 am to celebrate Cinco De Mayo all night long! Located walking distance from Wrigley Field.
El Mariachi Tequila Bar has a strict policy of only serving top-quality, authentic dishes and margaritas. It has been family-owned and operated for over 25 years. They offer an extensive selection of over 100 tequilas (100% Blue Agave)! They’re famous for tableside guacamole prepared fresh to order. Diners have a choice of being indoors or eating on their patio.
Their Happy Hour is Monday through Friday from 4-6 pm! $4 Negra Modelo and Pacifico Draft, $6 House Lime Margarita, half price selected appetizers.
For Cinco De Mayo, they will be doing a bottomless mimosa lunch from 11 am to 3 pm, for $31.99 a person. It includes two hours of mimosas and any entree from the lunch menu!
Established in 1996, a father and his 2 sons opened a small 10-table restaurant in the Boystown/East Lakeview community. Same owners as El Mariachi Tequila Bar!
The restaurant steadily grew in popularity with the support of loyal patrons who loved the families recipes of authentic food. The authentic Mexican experience is enhanced with imported handcrafted decor and artwork, intimate lighting and traditional festive music.
El Nuevo Mexicano was founded by Teresa and Elfego Rodriquez in 1983. By using only fresh ingredients, they were able to create an authentic traditional Mexican menu. In 2004, their niece, Maria, took over the restaurant and infused her style of cooking while keeping the traditional dishes the same. The menu at El Nuevo Mexicano is constantly evolving and will continue to offer dishes that are traditional along with new healthier options.
In Honor of Cinco De Mayo, they are opening earlier than usual, at noon! Their also featuring Herradura and Mezcal Maragarita specials as well as Jimador shots.
Start your Cinco De Mayo at Esencia! Opening daily at 8 am, help yourself to one of their fantastic breakfast items until 3 pm, or go the lunch route.
They also have a great sweet list, like churros, lemon ricotta pancakes, and a daily selection of rotating pastries. For those coffee drinkers, Esencia is the place to be. Featuring coffee drinks like mochas and cold brew, you can stop by for a pick me up anytime before close.
Hacienda D’ Suárez is a Clark Street staple! With multiple locations around Chicago, Hacienda D’ Suarez is a friendly sight to Chicagoans.
They have a lively dance floor and a club like atmosphere. For Cinco De Mayo, they’re rolling out $6 coronas, $6 modelos, $6 classic cocktails, and $10 taco bowls with your choice of meat! Order your authentic fresh meal for carryout, or dine in and help yourself to one of their many amazing cocktails.
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. Along the way they recruited a team of rebels, trouble makers, lovers, warriors, scholars and generally good people to help them on their quest to feed the community.
“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!
Mixteco is a healthy fast casual Mexican restaurant, with two locations!
They have all the Cinco De Mayo necessities, from fajitas and enchiladas, to Chimichangas. If you feel like going big, their Taco Party Tray comes with 10 tacos of your choice for just $29.99 (we don’t judge your taco intake). Finish your meal strong with their homemade Dulce De Leche.
Open from 10 am till midnight, so there’s plenty of time to get your fix in.
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.
Come celebrate Cinco de Mayo at Monsignor Murphy’s! They’re having specials on drinks, including their delicious margaritas. Try a little bit of every tequila as they have 12 different types! They’re also going to have coronas flowing all day, modelo on draft, and strawberry guava topo chico, pacifico.