official opinions: ¡Viva México! Cinco de Mayo in Chicago

Tomorrow is Cinco de Mayo, which commemorates Mexico’s victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. For most, however, it’s the perfect time to appreciate Mexican culture, food & drink and live music! If you’re looking for something fun to do this Saturday, check out these great Cinco de Mayo happenings around Chicago featuring live mariachi bands, authentic food, arts & crafts and more!

Cinco de Mayo Chicago Outdoor Music Festival 2012 — Celebrate at Chicago’s largest Cinco de Mayo outdoor music festival from 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM on Hubbard Street! Every year the River North festival features an all-star line-up paired with tasty Mexican bites and Corona. Free admission (excluding drinks)

Cinco de Mayo 2012 Booze Cruise — Cinco de Mayo… Booze Cruise… Tanteo Tequila… Coors Light… Need we say more?  Celebrate this year’s Cinco with the best in the business aboard a Kanan Cruise ship.  See how a real fiesta goes down as you sip delicious margaritas, chips & salsa, musical entertainment, and more.  Tickets start at $45

Lucha VaVoom 2012 — Known for being The Most Outrageous Show on Earth, Lucha VaVoom’s night of comedy, burlesque and wrestling gives you the most unique way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Chicago. Tickets start at $25

Cinco de Mayo Networking Opportunity at Zapatista — Start your Cinco fiesta a couple days early with this great networking opportunity at Zapatista in the south loop.  For $20 you’ll get the opportunity to network with top professionals while enjoying tasty apps and a cash bar. Tickets at $20

Little Village Cinco de Mayo Festival — Held in the Little Village neighborhood, the heart of Chicago’s Mexican community, this 3-day festival features plenty of live music, authentic foods, arts & crafts, activities for families and children and much more.

Cinco de Mayo Street Festival at Salud Tequila Lounge — The 6th Annual Cinco de Mayo Street Festival on Honore & Milwaukee features live music, dancing, mariachis, salsa, outdoor grilling and sangria! $5 donation benefits Near North Montessori


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