Celebrating Cinco de Mayo in the Loop

The first week of May brings more than just spring flowers; it also brings margaritas and mariachi bands. May 5 is the time to commemorate Mexico’s victory against the French in the 1862 Battle of Puebla.

In downtown Chicago celebrating Cinco de Mayo means specials on tacos and tequila, and we’ve got the best offers in the Loop.

Latinicity is located right in Block 37, making this about the most convenient Cinco de Mayo spot in the city when you live at Marquee. The Latin food hall, run by Chef Richard Sandoval, will have all ten kitchens ready to party, including the tapas bar and full restaurant, and there’s no admission to attend.

Chill out with $3 Corona and Corona Light and $7 margaritas at Sidebar Grille. Located on LaSalle, this popular after-work spot will also offer $2 tacos and other delicious bites. If you can’t wait until the closing bell, they open at 11 a.m., so you can get an early start to your weekend.

ROOF on theWit was one of the earliest rooftop lounges in the Loop. Even though several more have been added in recent years, this now-standby shows no signs of slowing down. Take, for example, their Cinco de Mayo party. They’ve got special tacos, like al pastor with cilantro and onion, and Huitlacoche and green garlic, for $7 on May 5. Since it is spring, take advantage of the seasonal ramp and chihuahua cheese tamales for just $4. Pair those with some Patron, including the Perfect Patron Margarita, on special for $10.

Brando’s Speakeasy may be known for its martinis, but on Cinco de Mayo they’re all about the palomas. Once you’ve had a few, you’ll be ready to throw your name in the hat at this vintage karaoke lounge. With palomas at just $4 and free mini-tacos on the bar and passed around to the tables all evening, this may be one of the least expensive Friday nights you’ve had in awhile.

These are just a sample of the many Cinco de Mayo specials in the Loop. If you want to find more celebrations, don’t miss our Tweets and status updates on Facebook.

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