While Cinco De Mayo isn’t exactly a holiday that is universally celebrated by all, it’s definitely gaining popularity to becoming the next St. Patrick’s Day. Why should St. Patrick’s Day get all the fun with non-Irish wearing green and partaking in infamous Chicago green beer? Get into the spirit of Cinco De Mayo this year by visiting some of the great bars holding a come-one-come-all Cinco De Mayo event. Whether you’re looking for some festive food and drinks or just a gathering with friends on a new favorite holiday, there are a number of bars to choose from to get you in the spirit of the holiday.

(Photo Credit: Maria Nevarez Photography)

(Photo Credit: Maria Nevarez Photography)

992 Willow Road
Northbrook, IL 60062
(847) 559-0939

Zapatista is a restaurant/bar that offers an updated take on traditional Mexican cuisine mixed with the lively atmosphere of a full-service bar. The annual Cinco De Mayo event features live music and discounted drink prices. Previous years have featured mariachi bands and other live Mexican performances. There are shot girls and Corona waitresses that help to keep the party going throughout the event. Zapatista will be open until 11 p.m. on Saturday and 9 p.m. on Sunday. Additional information on the event has yet to be announced, so check out the website for up-to-date information for this year’s Cinco De Mayo.

Cactus Bar & Grill
404 S. Wells St.
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 922-3830

Cactus Bar & Grill will be holding its Cinco De Mayo event on Friday, May 2, 2014 but will continue its drink specials on Saturday and Monday. The main Friday event will include a live DJ, raffles, giveaways and discounted drinks. There will be $5 house margaritas, $20 margarita pitchers, $5 pints of Corona Lite on draft, $18 pitchers of Corona Lite on draft and $5 shots of Patron tequila. Additional information on this event has yet to be announced. Check out the website for additional information on this upcoming event.

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Sedgwick’s Bar & Grill
1935 N. Sedgwick St.
Chicago, IL 60614
(312) 337-7900

Sedgwick’s Bar & Grill is located in the Lincoln Park area and offers a comfortable and laid-back atmosphere. While the bar might be lacking in chandeliers and fanciful decor, it makes up for it in flat-screen TVs and regular specials. Sedgwick’s Cinco Days of Derby will be held from May 1 to May 5 and combines the festivities of Cinco De Mayo with the Kentucky Derby. Each day features a special on food and drinks, with everything from $1 tater tots and tequila to $5 margaritas and shrimp and grits. Check out the website to see the food and drink specials for each day of Sedgwick’s Cinco Days of Derby.

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Moe’s Cantina
3518 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60613
(773) 248-0002

Located in the Wrigleyville neighborhood of Chicago, Moe’s Cantina has both food and drinks catering to those looking for a little Spanish flair. Its small plates are great for sharing or for those looking to nibble on some authentic cuisine while enjoying house-made sangria or handmade margaritas. This year’s Cinco De Mayo event will include a fully decorated ambiance to bring the celebration to life and there is no cover charge to enter. There will be live entertainment as well as drink and food specials. Check out the website for more detailed information about this event.

Bull & Bear
431 N. Wells St.
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 527-5973

Bull & Bear will be holding its Cinco De Mayo event on Monday, May 5 entitled, “Fiesta a la Bull & Bear!” There will be an all day Mexican-themed food and beverage menu. There will be three different Herradura tequila margaritas to choose from, either in a pitcher or in a specialty 16-ounce cactus take-home keepsake glass. Also enjoy a live band and patio seating. No tickets are required for this annual Bull & Bear Cinco De Mayo event. Check out the website for more up-to-date information on this event.

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