Chicago's Top Places to be on Cinco de Mayo

Chicago's Top Places to be on Cinco de Mayo

It’s Cinco de Mayo and time to celebrate! But what exactly are we celebrating?  

A quick history lesson: while many of us believe that Cinco de Mayo is Mexico’s Independence Day, it isn't (that's actually in September). This holiday celebrates Mexico’s defeat of the French army at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. The battle, while not a strategic victory, did boost morale, unity and pride for the Mexican people. 

So where should you go to celebrate this victory? We recommend:

The 18th Street Walking Tour: take an hour to walk 18th street in Pilsen and take in the food. Here’s your guide.

Then pop into any of these restaurants, which are all hosting events this week in honor of the holiday: Carnivale in the West Loop, Nana in Bridgeport, Cantina Laredo in River North, Taco Joint in Lincoln Park, and Mercadito in River North.

You can also hop on a trolley between Frontier, Lottie’s Pub and the Pony Inn to enjoy drink specials and tacos! Cinco de Mayo perfection.

Celebrate safely and have fun out there!


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