Cinco de mayo is Mexico’s holiday that marks the day that the Mexican armies held a victory over the invading French army in the Battle of Puebla on May 5th, 1862. Up north in Chicago, that fact is usually overlooked and the focus of the celebration is of the Mexican culture in general.
Here on Cinco de Mayo, the tequila, tacos, Latin music and more are flowing through the many Mexican restaurants in Chicago. On Sunday, May 7th, Chicago will host the Cinco de Mayo parade in Pilsen that starts on Cermak Road and Damen Avenue and ends at Marshall Boulevard. The parade starts at 12pm. Afterwards, everyone heads over to Douglas Park for the Cinco de Mayo Festival that features live music, delicious food, fun carnival rides and games for the kids and many vendors selling anything you can think of!
If you can’t make the parade or the festival, you must stop at any of Chicago’s most delicious Mexican restaurants for some food and refreshing margaritas!
Below are some of the restaurants that serve delicious Mexican fare and even better boozy drinks!
Our favorite drink: TJ Red Michelada
Our favorite food: Street Corn and Steak Fajita Taco
Our Favorite Drink: Pama Luna Margarita
Our Favorite Food: Grits and Kale Taco
Our Favorite Drink: Tajin Watermelon ‘Rita
Our Favorite Food: Tableside Guacamole
And for a very authentic option that some Latins swear by:
Our Favorite Drink: Horchata
Our Favorite Food: Carne Asada Taco
2148 N Milwaukee Avenue
1544 W 18th Street
3141 W 26th Street