Dining Out? Kentucky Derby watch parties, Cinco de Mayo offerings at area eateries

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The Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs concludes on May 7, 2022, in Louisville, Kentucky. Chicago-area eateries are hosting a variety of watch party/special menu offerings for this year’s race on May 6. 

The Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs concludes on May 7, 2022, in Louisville, Kentucky. Chicago-area eateries are hosting a variety of watch party/special menu offerings for this year’s race on May 6.

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Blüm Day & Nightlife Kentucky Derby Party:

Blüm Day & Nightlife, 316 W. Erie St., hosts a Kentucky Derby watch party, 3-6 p.m. May 6. Tickets range from $8-$288. Must be 21 and over. Visit: blumdaynightlife.com.

Chicago Latino Spirits Cinco de Mayo Festival:

Chicago Latino Spirits Cinco de Mayo, 8 p.m. May 6, Logan Square Auditorium, 2539 N. Kedzie Blvd. The event features a VIP Spirits Session 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. ($85-95); Top Shelf Ticket VIP Spirits Session, 1-3 p.m. ($85-$95); and Mixer Ticket ($55-$65). Must be 21 and over. Visit: latinospiritsfestival.com

Brownstone Tavern & Grill Derby day all you can eat crawfish boil:

Brownstone Tavern & Grill, 3937 N. Lincoln Ave., serves up a crawfish boil with sides and fixins. Available 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Or, until it is gone. May 6; $45. Seating is first come, first served. Visit brownestonetavern

La Luna Cinco de Mayo weekend:

La Luna, 1726 S. Racine Ave., kicks off its Cinco de Mayo weekend celebration 7 p.m. May 4 with an evening of drink specials featuring beer and a shot, $6; shots for $4; and live music by DJ Kique. The celebration continues through Sunday. Visit: lalunachicago.com

Passport Bar Room Cinco de Mayo:

Passport Bar Room, 1601 W. Grand Ave., “From Chicago to Oaxaca” Cinco de Mayo event, 8 p.m. May 5. Must be 21 and over. Visit: passportbarroom.com

The River Kitchen Bar Derby event:

The River Kitchen Bar, 2909 N. Sheffield Ave. 3-6 p.m. May 6. Tickets range from $8 (Single ticket) up to $400 (40 ticket package). Must be 21 and over. Visit: theriverchicago.com

Utopian Tailgate Derby event:

Utopian Tailgate, 1608 N. Wells St., Kentucky Derby watch party event, 3-6 p.m. May 6. Tickets range from $8 for the first 100 guests. Special packages available, $48-96. Must be 21 and over. Visit: eventbrite.com.

Radio Room Cinco de Mayo Celebration:

Radio Room, 400 N. State. It’s Cinco de Mayo time all day starting at 11:30 a.m May 5. Specials include: $40 “bottomless margaritas” (2-hour time limit); $4 mix-and-match fish, beef barbacoa, chicken or taco of the week tacos; a $65 “taco tower” featuring a dozen tacos (any style), chips and guacamole; $50 “margarita towers” (serves 5-6; ask your server about tequila upgrades) and more. Reserve a table. Visit radioroomusa.com

Michael Jordan’s Steak House Chicago:

The restaurant at 505 N. Michigan is celebrating Cinco de Mayo with a special menu item: a Mexican Burger featuring a pico de gallo patty mix, queso fresco and avocado. It’s easily paired with a Cincoro margarita or a margarita flight (check out the full menu offerings). Visit michaeljordansteakhouse.com.

Time Out Market Chicago

Cinco de Mayo Celebration: Tequila Tastings & Cocktails and live music; 4-8 p.m. May 5. The Tierra Roja Band performs 5-7 p.m, followed by a set by DJ Jem from 7-10 p.m. The second-floor “Time Out Mercado Cantina” offers guests the chance to sample and learn about tequila courtesy of Tromba Tequila. Special cocktails will also be available for purchase.

At 3 p.m May 6, the fun turns to the Kentucky Derby watch party starting at 3 p.m. with DJ sets, special cocktails and beverages for purchase, and a “best-dressed” contest for attendees. A special “rose wall” offers a great selfie opportunity for all.

For more info on both events, visit timeoutmarket.com.

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