Chicago Cinco de Mayo Guide 2024

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Thousands of Chicagoans will come out on May 5, 2024, to watch the Cinco de Mayo Parade.  It starts at noon at Cermak Road and Wood Street and goes west through Cermak to Marshall Boulevard.

Every year after the parade, there’s a Cinco de Mayo festival at Douglas Park.  It features live music and dancing with carnival games and rides.  Delicious Mexican food and beverages will be available for purchase.  Vendors will be selling Mexican souvenirs and crafts.

Cinco de Mayo is also celebrated in Chicago with parties.  Restaurants and bars feature food and drink specials and live music.


Tacoteqa, a former taqueria and disco, will return to Freehand Chicago only for the weekend of Cinco de Mayo.  Their specials will include

  • Tacos: Any 3 for $16
    • Jerk Steak Taco
    • Chicken Tinga Taco
    • Carnitas Taco
    • Chipotle Shrimp Taco
  • Guacamole & Chips – $14
  • Margaritas $17
  • Turn Up with Tequila, Cucumber, Basil, Thai Bitters, Cointreau & Lime
  • El Grito with Tequila, Mango, Chamoy, Cointreau & Lime
  • Sexy Mexique with Tequila, Mexican Turnip, Cointreau, Peppercorn, Agave & Lime

DJ Shawn Rios will kick the Cinco de Mayo celebrations off on Friday night at 5 pm.  Audio Jack and Janesita will be entertaining on Saturday and Sunday nights.

Freehand Chicago

Freehand Chicago is located in a restored 1920s Art Deco building in the downtown River North neighborhood.  The hotel is within a 10 minute walk of Michigan Avenue and Chicago Riverwalk.

If you’d like to visit Freehand Chicago, book your ticket here and you can save 8% off the regular rate.


Fora is a contemporary, globally inspired restaurant at The Emily Hotel.  Its American cuisine is delicious and distinct.

Fora will have a Cinco de Mayo patio party with a pop-up shop, live music and dancing with a holiday raffle.  This will be happening on May 5, 2024, from 4 pm to 8 pm.  The pop-up store will have clothes, sneakers and a few surprises.  Fora will serve Watermelon Margaritas.  Each Watermelon Margarita purchased will earn you a ticket for the raffle.  The First Prize of the raffle is a pair of Nikes valued at $500, Second Prize is a bottle of Cincoro Anejo with a swag bag and Third Prize is a bottle of Cincoro Blanco and a swag bag.

The Emily Hotel

Located near Willis Tower, The Emily Hotel has a fitness center, restaurant and bar/lounge.  It is a 5 minute drive from Millennium Park and Michigan Avenue.

If you’d like to visit The Emily Hotel, book your stay here and you can save 20% off the regular rate.

Parker Rooftop Bar

Parker Rooftop Bar sits proudly on top of the Hotel Lincoln.  It has been named one of Chicago’s best rooftop bars.  It offers the most spectacular views of the beautiful Lincoln Park and water views of North Avenue Beach.  Enjoy the signature J. Parker Burger, delicious small plates from award winning chefs and their signature cocktails.  

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with $10 Margaritas on the Rooftop!  This will be happening on May 3, 2024, from 11 am to 11 pm.  Enjoy an elevated fiesta experience with new menu offerings.  Viva la fiesta en el rooftop!

Hotel Lincoln

Hotel Lincoln offers Midwestern charm and a great location near DePaul University and Lincoln Park Zoo.  Get sweeping views of Lake Michigan and the Chicago skyline.  

If you’d like to visit Hotel Lincoln, book your stay here and you can save 5% off the regular rate.