Saturday, January 31, 2015

Cinco Rock

Where to party this Cinco de Mayo

Tonight will be telling. Either the Bulls fight on, or we learn Rose's shredded knee tore up Chicago's playoff hopes too.

No matter what, Saturday we can look forward to the spring trifecta: The Kentucky Derby, Jazz Fest, and best of all, Cinco de Mayo.

Fight Club: Lucha VaVoom at the Park West
Midget fights, crazed chicken dances, and Nacho Libre-style Mexican wrestlers combine with live comedy, sexy burlesque, tequila, and tamales at this annual carnival of insanity. Do yourself a favor and cross this multi-sensory, high-stimulation fiesta off your bucket list, and be thankful to get out of there alive.
Sat 9:30p. Park West, 322 W. Armitage Ave., Lincoln Park (773-929-5959). $25 here.

Cooler Crawl: Cinco de Mayo Trolley Pub Crawl
Hop aboard this free trolley stocked with Dos Equis and Dobel tequila running all night from local Bucktown bar Lottie's to Blackhawks hang The Pony before sinking your teeth into a whole roasted pig at Frontier. Or watch the Derby on flatscreens and do tequila shots before, during, and after every lap.
Sat 7p-2a. Lottie's Pub, 1925 W. Cortland St., Bucktown (312-453-9397)

Rock Out: Cinco de Mayo Outdoor Music Festival at Dos Diablos
Head into Hubbard Street outside Dos Diablos for a tented outdoor party with live music from local rockers He Said, She Said in the tent and live bull riding inside. Either way, there'll be enough Coronas, margaritas, and tacos to kill a Mexican desert mule.
Sat 11a. Dos Diablos, 15 W. Hubbard St., River North (312-245-3100)

Parade Party: Cinco de Mayo Fest at Douglas Park
Get a taste of Chicago's real Mexican culture with this weekend-long party in Pilsen with live mariachi bands, Mexican food trucks and vendors, carnival rides and games. Brush off the hangover for Sunday's parade, starting at noon along Cermak Rd. from Wood St. to Marshall Blvd.
Today-Sun. Douglas Park, 1401 S. Sacramento Blvd., Pilsen

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