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Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in the City

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The Kerryman

Cinco de Mayo is the unofficial kick-off of the summer season. It’s meant to be spent on the patio with friends, margaritas in hand. With the weather this week, patio lounging might not be in the cards, but Chicagoans can still celebrate! Here are our top picks for a little south of the border festivity.

Corazon Valiente at Tanta

Tanta {118 West Grand Avenue, Chicago; 312.222.9700}

All day long on Friday, Tanta will be offering guests the Corazón Valiente, a specialty cocktail made with Tanta’s Special Barrel Patrón reposado, zucca, lime, and blood orange syrup. Plus, you can “cheers” in good faith knowing that 50-percent of all proceeds from the Corazón Valiente will go to the Farmer and Landscaper Advocacy Project (FLAP), whose mission is to improve the working conditions for migrant and seasonal workers in the agricultural and landscaping industries in Illinois.

Safehouse Chicago {60 East Ontario, Chicago; 312.3131.007}

Spies need to travel south of the border too! That’s why Safehouse, the top hangout for all of Windy City’s undercover spies, will be offering Cinco de Mayo specials all day long on Friday. The featured items are Street Tacos ($5 each), Corona bottles ($5 each) and a ginormous Nachos Combo ($20), which includes the famous SafeHouse Camp Stanley Nachos and four Coronas. Plus you can enjoy the holiday with the peace of mind that you won’t be blowing your cover.

Artango Bar and Steakhouse {4767 North Lincoln Avenue, Chicago; 872.208.7441}

Argentine hot-spot Artango Bar and Steakhouse is saluting its Latin American roots this Cinco de Mayo. From 5 pm to 7 pm every weekday this week, Artango will offer a Cinco for Cinco Happy Hour Menu offering 5 items, each for just $5. Choose craft cocktails like a Blueberry-Lavender Margarita or La Viruta, made with tequila, chili vodka, blue curaçao, jalapeño, and lime juice. The party continues with tacos, quesadillas, and guacamole served with crisp plantain chips.
On Cinco de Mayo, Artango will also offer a three-course Cinco de Mayo Prix Fixe Menu. The feast begins with choice of appetizer, followed by entrées like Carne Asada or Pollo Poblano, and finished with decadent desserts.

The Kerryman {661 North Clark Street, Chicago; 312.335.8121}

The Kerryman is Irish all year round, but on Friday, they are getting in the Cinco de Mayo spirit. The River North staple will offer all-day specials on Friday, including $6 Patron shots, $10 Patron margaritas, and special braised Pork Tacos (2 for $5).

The Pony

Pioneer Tavern Group

The whole of Pioneer Tavern Group will celebrate Cinco de Mayo with their annual Cinco de Mayo Trolley Crawl, stopping at all of their locations. Each stop will feature a variety of food and drink specials, as well as giveaways and live music to really get in the spirit of the holiday. The Trolley Crawl is free to ride and begins at 7 pm at Lottie’s Pub {1925 West Cortland, Chicago; 773.489.0738} on Cinco de Mayo, running every 30 minutes between all three locations. Specials at each of the locations include:

  • Frontier {1072 North Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago; 773.772.4322} is serving up $3.50 Dos Equis, $5 Tequila Verdita shots, as well as $7 margaritas and Micheladas. Drink with a large group on their expansive patio!

  • Lottie’s {1925 West Cortland Street, Chicago; 773.489.0738} is one of the city’s oldest bars, and Trolley Headquarters this Friday! Stop by for $3 Tacos, $3.50 Dos Equis, $5 Dobel, and $6 margaritas.

  • The Pony {1638 West Belmont Avenue, Chicago; 773.828.5055} is also offering fun specials like $2 “Walking Taco,” $3 tacos, $3.50 Dos Equis, $5 frosty mug margaritas, and more!

By Kaleigh Glaza, Online Editor