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Cinco de Mayo Events In Chicago

May 3, 2011 2:38 PM

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Cinco de Mayo (or “5th of May”) commemorates the Mexican army’s victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. Here in Chicago, there are a number of festivities and events throughout the city to help celebrate this joyful day in Mexican history.

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Dos Equis Cinco de Mayo Broadcast at Fox & Hound (Schaumburg)

Fox & Hound Smokehouse/Tavern
1416 N Roselle Rd.
Schaumburg, IL 60195

Thursday May 5: 9:00AM-1:00PM

Join the Danny Mac Show broadcasting live from Fox & Hound in Schaumburg from 9am-1pm for a special Cinco de Mayo broadcast! Come on out to win great prizes, and enter for your chance to win a trip for two to Riviera Maya, Mexico. Brought to you by Apple Vacations-America’s Favorite Vacation Company, Riu Playacar, and Dos Equis-Stay Thirsty, My Friends.

Cinco de Mayo Street Festival

Salud Tequila Lounge
1471 N Milwaukee
Chicago, IL 60622

Thursday May 5: 3:00PM-8:00PM

5th Annual Cinco de Mayo Street Festival on Honore & Milwaukee. See live music, dancing, mariachis, salsa, outdoor grilling and sangria! $5 donation benefits Friends Of Burr School.

Little Village Cinco de Mayo Festival

Little Village
26th Street & Kostner
Chicago, IL

Friday May 6: 6:00PM-11:00PM
Saturday/Sunday May 7-8: 2:00PM-11:00PM

A celebration of South-of-the-border culture that’s enjoyed worldwide, Cinco de Mayo (or “5th of May”) commemorates the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. This, and Mexican Independence Day (celebrated in September in the Little Village neighborhood’s “Festival de La Villita”), are two of the biggest celebrations of Mexican culture in the Midwest. In the case of Cinco de Mayo, it has become a global festivity.

This 2nd annual three-day festival (which is also held in the Little Village neighborhood, to many is the heart of Chicago’s Mexican community), is long overdue! It will feature plenty of live music, food, arts & crafts, activities for families and children and much more. The bottom line? Little Village’s Cinco de Mayo Festival celebrates Hispanic families and community with a joyous flair!

Soldier Field

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Cinco de Miler

Soldier Field
1410 S Museum Campus Dr
Chicago, IL 60605

Saturday, May 7: 9:00AM-11:00AM

Come out and celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a 5 mile race along the lake front! Join us for beer, a Mexican breakfast, pinatas, and a special music guest at the post race party!

Ticket Pricing: $45

Spring Fiesta

Zocalo Restaurant
358 W Ontario St # 1A
Chicago, IL 60654

Wednesday, May 18: 7:00PM-9:00PM

Celebrate a belated Cinco de Mayo with YOS at Zocalo! Enjoy a flight of 3 tequilas and “Tequila 101” lesson, 2 drink tickets for your choice of Zocalo Margarita, Sangria, Citrus Cazuela, Beer or House Wine, and Authentic Mexican Appetizers, such as a guacamole, ceviche and empanadas. Your participation in this event will benefit Youth Outreach Services and our efforts to help kids overcome challenges such as abuse,neglect and homelessness. For more information, visit us at

Azteca de Oro Mexican Grill

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Cinco de Mayo Guide

For all of your food, festivities and margarita needs, check out the CBS Chicago Cinco de Mayo Guide.

Lauren Wulf, CBS Local Chicago

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  • NJG07


    John 16:33 (New International Version, ©2011)
    “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

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