Ina Mae Tavern

Ina Mae Tavern will be celebrating Cinco de Mayo with $5 Mamitas, $7 Hornitos Palomas and $15 Blackened Shrimp Tacos (3 per order). There will also be live music. Reservations are available through Tock.

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Promotions will include $7 Hornitos Palomas, $6 Hornitos Shots and $12 Smokehouse Tacos (3 per order). Reservations are available via tack.

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Lottie’s will launch Cinco de Mayo with a happy hour from 6-7:30 p.m. Customers can sip $4 Dos Equis Pints, $6 Mamitas Seltzers, $6 Dobel Shots and $7 Jose Traditional Margaritas. Festive culinary highlights will include $3 tacos (steak, chicken, or shrimp), $5 elotes, and Craft Winchester Chips & Salsa flights; which include a selection of 4 delicious salsas – Charred Shishito Chili, Peruvian Chili and Cumin, Chipotle and Huitlacoche and Classic Roja.

Mamitas, Dos Equis, and Dobel sampling and giveaways will run throughout happy hour.

Tables can be reserved by emailing [email protected]; walk-ins are also welcome.

Photo courtesy of Ina Mae Tavern

burrito beach

Burrito Beach will be celebrating with various $5 entree deals Monday through Friday. May 2 through May 6, with daily deals on burritos, bowls, and tacos at Burrito Beach locations throughout the Chicago area (excluding O’Hare).

FireLake Grill House and Cocktail Bar

From May 5 to 7, stop by the American grill to try their Mexican-inspired specialties. For breakfast, try offerings such as Capirotada (bread pudding, panela syrup, rum-dipped raisins, candied pecans, Queso Fresco) or Carnitas Skillet Carnitas Skillet (oven-roasted pork carnitas, fried egg, poblano fire-roasted, caramelized onion, hash browns, serrano salsa). In the afternoon, opt for lunch dishes such as the Cosecha salad (blackened romaine heart, butternut squash, sweet potato, mushrooms, Mexican calabacita, tomato and garlic confit, roasted panela, crispy onions, chicken grilled, spring onion vinaigrette) or a torta pibil (Pulled Pork, Chorizo, Chihuahua Cheese, Marinated Jalapeno Aioli, Yucca Fries). Pair it with a Mangonada Ahumad, i.e. a smoky mango cocktail, made with Espadín Mezcal-Mango, Chamoy, Tajin, Blackberry, Ancho Chili and Tamarind.

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Hoyt’s has teamed up with Calirosa tequila to bring you a special new tequila-centric cocktail menu throughout the month of May. Sip summer drinks such as Strawberry Mint Tequila Smash (Calirosa Blanco, mixed strawberry, mint, agave nectar, lime) and refresh with a Cool Cucumber Margarita (Calirosa Anejo, cucumber puree, agave nectar, lemon green, or spice things up with a Mexican Mule (Calirosa Blanco, Lime, Ginger Beer) On May 5, Calirosa will be on hand to conduct a tasting of its tequila from 4-8 p.m., free with the purchase of the one of Calirosa’s signature cocktails or for hotel guests at the Royal Sonesta Chicago Downtown.

Stan’s donuts and coffee

Stop by one of 16 Stan’s Donuts & Coffee locations in downtown Chicago and surrounding suburbs for a breakfast burrito.

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Photo courtesy of Amaru


Chef Paul Virant’s Gaijin is Chicago’s first okonomiyaki restaurant, offering both the Hiroshima and Osaka styles of the savory Japanese pancake. For Cinco de Mayo week (May 2-9), Gaijin will be offering Carnitas Osaka (Crispy Pork Shoulder, Taqueria Carrots, Bonito Flake) for $20, while supplies last.


Special Cinco De Mayo items can be ordered on Tock for pickup on Thursday, May 5th only. Special items include:

  • Meat Empanadas (Empanadas with pork, chorizo, eggs and diced potatoes – a collaborative effort of our baking and savory teams) – $6.75

  • Veggie Empanadas (Roasted Poblanos, beans, and Chihuahua cheese – a collaborative effort between our pastry and savory teams.) – $6

  • Dulce de Leche Whoopie Pies (Pack of 4) – $12.50

Brewing pilot project

Pilot Project will launch a new cocktail menu featuring ROVM Hard Kombucha on Cinco De Mayo:

  • Boocharita (ROVM Citrus Passion Fruit Hard Kombucha, Lime Juice, Orange Juice, Agave Nectar, Salt Rim) – $8
  • Booch on the Beach (ROVM Hibiscus Berry Hard Kombucha, Cranberry Juice, Orange Juice, Vanilla Simple Syrup) – $8
  • Pineapple Boochmosa (ROVM Citrus Passion Fruit Hard Kombucha, Pineapple Juice, Pomegranate Concentrate, Simple Syrup) – $8

Carnitas Osaka

Carnitas Osaka in Gaijin (Photo courtesy of Mistey Nguyen)

Velvet Tacos

As part of the WTF (Weekly Taco Feature), Velvet Taco will be offering a special Steak Milanese taco ($5.95) from May 4-10. The Milanese steak taco includes breaded steak, avocado, red chili aioli, lettuce, tomato, onion, cream mayonnaise and marinated fresnos in a flour tortilla. Pair the Bold Taco with any of Velvet Taco’s signature alcoholic beverages, including:

  • Kick Ass Daisy | Tequila Lunazul premium blanco, orange liqueur, fresh lime juice, agave nectar. Rocks or frozen
  • Ranch water | Tequila Lunazul premium blanco, lime juice, agave nectar, lime. Select your flavor: Regular Topo Chico, Lime or Grapefruit
  • palmo | Lunazul premium blanco tequila, Jarritos grapefruit soda, lime juice, agave nectar, grapefruit

WTF specialty and alcoholic libations are available at all Velvet Taco locations except its food outlets. WTF menus and drinks may vary by location.

Additionally, Velvet Taco will be hosting a Kick Ass Margarita Party Giveaway on their Instagram which will take place on Thursday, May 5. Three lucky winners will receive a Gallon Kick Ass Margarita and a Velvet Taco Party Pack – box of 24 tacos, 3 different tacos, Elote Corn, Red Curry Coconut Queso or Queso Blanco & Chips, and Red Velvet Cake. To participate, guests must tag a friend in the comments. Each comment counts as an additional entry. The contest will close at 11:59 p.m. CST on Thursday, May 5. The winners will be chosen at random and will be announced on Friday May 6th.

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Photo courtesy of Velvet Taco

Old town house

This year, Old Town Pour House has teamed up with Chicago Sports and Social for a festive evening of great food, great drinks and upbeat music.

From 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., guests can enjoy specialty food and drink, as well as live DJ entertainment and “Mexican Bingo” (more commonly known as Lotería.) Tickets are $20 and include two drinks (drinks over $15 not included), a chip and salsa station, plus access to the DJ and bingo.

Food characteristic for the day:

  • $4 off all tacos (like Chicken Tinga or Fish Tacos); all day

Characteristics of drinks for the day:

  • $4 crown supplement
  • $5 Corona Seltzer
  • $6 Tito’s cocktails
  • $6 Bullet whiskey

Eventbrite link:

The Hampton Company

Enjoy a free margarita shot with an order of their shrimp tacos.

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Photo courtesy of Bottleneck Management