Derby and Cinco de Mayo Events in Chicagoland



702 W Fulton St | Chicago, IL 60661| 312.850.5005 |

Carnivale Cinco de Mayo Margarita Class and Specials

Wednesday, May 5,  6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

$25 Margarita Class, Margarita Specials

Carnivale’s Sommelier Elizabeth Mendez will lead this hands-on class featuring two mouthwatering margarita recipes from Carnivale’s signature cocktail menu including the classic margarita and a seasonal margarita.  Participants will learn the history of the drink, sample appetizers by Chef Mark Mendez, receive recipe cards and take-home gifts.

Additionally, Carnivale will offer five margarita specials in celebration of Cinco de Mayo.  Specials and prices listed below.

Carnivale Signature Margarita – $8.50

Pomegranate Margarita – $9.50

Cavarita – $12

Cadillac Margarita – $9.50

Frozen Coconut Strawberry Margarita – $8

HOURS: Lunch: M-F 11:30 AM-2:30 PM | Dinner: M-Th, Su 5 PM-10 PM | F-S 5-11 PM | Bar/Lounge: M-T 11:30 AM- 11 PM | W-Th 11:30 AM -12 AM | F 11:30 AM- 1 AM | S 5 PM – 1 AM | Su 5-10 PM


Holiday Inn Mart Plaza | 15th Floor | 350 W. Mart Center Drive | Chicago, IL 60654 | 312.836.5000 |

Cityscape Cinco de Mayo Specials

Wednesday, May 5

Cityscape Bar invites Chicagoans to celebrate Cinco de Mayo with stunning views, $4 Domestic Beers, $4 House Wines, and complimentary appetizers including Guinness BBQ Chicken Wings, Cheddar Jalapeno Poppers and Grilled Fresh Veggies with Aged Balsamic.

HOURS: Monday – Thursday: 3:00 PM – 1:00 AM | Friday – Sunday: 11:00 AM to 1:00AM


4911 N. Kedzie Avenue | Chicago, IL 60625 | 777.267.4200

Cinco de Mayo Specials at Dawali

Wednesday, May 5

$5 Specials

Dawali invites guests to enjoy $5 specials in celebration of Cinco de Mayo on May 5.  Specials include $5 Classic Shawerma Wraps (Marinated beef and lamb served in pita bread with sumac onions, tomato and tahini sauce) and Chicken Shawerma Wraps (White meat chicken marinated in special seasoning served on basmati rice), available all day.
HOURS: Sunday-Thursday 11:00 AM- 11:00 PM | Friday- Saturday 11:00 AM- 12:00 AM


150 W. Roosevelt Road | Chicago, IL 60605 | 312-564-2104|

Kentucky Derby at Lobby Lounge

Saturday, May 1

Chicagoans are invited to celebrate the Kentucky Derby at Lobby Lounge on Saturday, May 1 sponsored by Woodford Reserve with raffles, giveaways and drink specials.  All  Kentucky-themed drinks like Mint Juleps are just $12.  Raffle items include a golf bag and Woodford Reserve merchandise.

HOURS:Monday-Thursday 4:00 PM- 11:00 PM | Friday-Sunday 12:00 PM- 11:00 PM


18 E. Bellevue Place | Chicago, IL 60611| 312.642.3400 |

Derby Day at Luxbar
Saturday, May 1
Guests can join Luxbar for a day at the races with $5 Maker’s Mint Juleps and enter to win prizes.  Attendees will receive a race card and those with the winning horse will receive a $25 gift certificate to Luxbar.  Everyone’s a winner at Luxbar as patrons with losing cards will receive $5 for their next visit.  Plus, the person sporting the best Derby hat will win a $250 cocktail card.

Cinco de Mayo at Luxbar

Wednesday, May 5

In celebration of Cinco de Mayo, Luxbar will offer free guacamole with the purchase of their signature margarita pitcher.  Diners will receive a complimentary large chips and guacamole platter with the purchase of a 64 oz. Margarita Pitcher for $35, serving 5 – 6 drinks.

HOURS: Monday-Friday: 11:00 AM-12:00 AM, Saturday-Sunday: 8:00 AM-12:00 AM |

Bar: Monday-Friday, 11:00 AM-2:00 AM, Saturday: 8:00 AM-3:00 AM, Sunday: 8:00 AM-2:00 AM


544 N LaSalle | Chicago, IL 60610 | 312.644.4477 |

Derby Specials at Stretch Run

Friday, April 30

Stretch Run’s doors open at 9:00 AM on Kentucky Oaks Day, and Chicagoans can enjoy $6 Mint Juleps, $5 Cosmos, $3.50 Miller Lite Bottles, and $4 Coors Light and Miller Lite 20oz Drafts.

Stretch Run will open advance wagering windows for the Derby from 10:00 AM – Close on Friday.  Guests who make an advanced wager on Friday will receive a raffle entry every time they bet (no purchase necessary).  Ladies are invited to enter to win the “Ultimate Girls Night Out” package which includes dinner at Carnivale, two VIP tickets to “Sex and the City 2” at ShowPlace Icon Theatre in the South Loop, and a one night stay at the Holiday Inn Merchandise Mart.

Saturday, May 1

On Derby Day, Stretch Run’s doors will open at 9:00 AM, and the same drink specials will be offered.

Cinco de Mayo Drink Specials

Wednesday, May 5

In celebration of Cinco de Mayo, Stretch Run will offer $5 Corona and Corona Light bottles and $5 Heineken bottles.

HOURS: Daily Lunch and Dinner: 11:00 AM-2:00 AM | Kitchen: Sunday-Thursday, 11:00 AM-10:00 PM, Friday & Saturday: 11:00 AM-11:00 PM


58 E Ontario St | Chicago, IL 60611 | 312.440.1717 |

Sushi Specials on Cinco de Mayo

Wednesday, May 5

Sushi Taiyo will offer three specialty sushi rolls in celebration of Cinco de Mayo.  Sushi specials and prices below.

Mexico City Roll – Spicy tuna roll wrapped with unagi and avocado, $12

Sombrero Roll – Steamed lobster, spicy mayo, cucumber, jalapeño, topped with tobiko and wasabi tobiko, $10

La Bamba Roll – Salmon, shiso, jalapeño, topped with melted provolone cheese and shallots, $12

SUSHI TAIYO HOURS: Monday-Thursday 11:30 AM- 10:30 PM | Friday 11:30 AM- 11:30 PM | Saturday 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM | Sunday 11:00 AM- 10:00 PM



110 N Main Street | Crystal Lake, IL 60014 | 815.356.9980 |

Kentucky Derby Viewing at Duke’s

Saturday, May 1

Duke’s Alehouse and Kitchen presents the most exciting two minutes in sports on five Flat Screen HD TVs in the main bar area.  From 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM, Duke’s will offer 35¢ wings and $7 Maker’s Mark Mint Juleps.  Guests who wear a festive hat will be entered into a hat contest where the winner will receive a $25 Duke’s gift card.

HOURS: Sun. – Thurs.: 11:30 AM – 1:00 AM (kitchen 9 PM) | Fri. and Sat.: 11:30AM – 2:00 AM (kitchen 10 PM)


180 N. Smith Street | Palatine, IL | 847.358-9150 |

The Derby at Durty Nellie’s
Saturday, May 1
Durty Nellie’s invites guests to watch the 136th Annual Kentucky Derby on Saturday, May 1.  From 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM, Durty Nellie’s will offer $5 Mint Juleps and an $8.95 Kentucky Fried Chicken dinner.  Additional amenities guests can enjoy during the big race include: 14 Big Screen TVs, 3 unique rooms, 2 huge patio beer gardens with TVs, 16ft x 19ft Hi Definition Screens and Free Wifi.

Cinco de Mayo at Durty Nellie’s

Wednesday, May 5

In celebration of Cinco de Mayo, Durty Nellie’s will offer $3 margaritas and a variety of Mexican food specials.  Featured specials include “Three Amigos Tacos” with fajita chicken, seasoned steak, jerk fish of shrimp, served with Spanish rice, refried beans, pico de gallo and sour cream (Specials range: $7.12 – $9.14).

HOURS: Sunday – Thursday: 11:00am – 3:00am | Friday – Saturday: 11:00 AM -4:00 AM

1150 Willow Rd | Northbrook, IL 60062 | 847.480.2323 |
100 West Higgins Rd | South Barrington, IL 60010 | 847.844.9300 |

Pinstripes Cinco de Mayo

Wednesday, May 5

In honor of Cinco de Mayo, Pinstripes will offer Mexican themed food and drink specials throughout the day.  Guests 21 and over will enjoy the Margarita Italiano (Patron Silver Tequila, Limencello, sour mix, splash of cherry juice, garnished with a lime wedge) for only $5 (usually $9).  Diners can also celebrate with $5 Fajita Flatbread (Chicken or beef, roasted peppers and onions, Cotija cheese, tomato-avocado salsa, roasted jalapeno beans and cilantro sour cream).  After feasting on Mexican food and drinks, guests can enjoy bowling or bocce games.

HOURS: Monday-Thursday: 11:30 AM – 11:00 PM | Friday: 11:30 AM – 12:00 AM | Saturday: 10:00 AM – 12:00 AM | Sunday: 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM | Sunday Brunch: 10:00 – 2:00 PM


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