15 Ways to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo

Here's where to make a run for the border on Thursday.

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Wrigleyville's Moe's Cantina offers free sombreros to Cinco revelers along with $5 Olmeca Altos margaritas, $3 Coors Light drafts, $4 Absolut, Malibu and Jameson cocktails and $1 carne asada and chicken tacos. A DJ spins from 10 p.m.- 2 a.m. with no cover.
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Hit River North for the Cinco de Mayo Outdoor Music Festival at 17th W. Hubbard. The two bands (Rock Candy, 7th Heaven) don't exactly have a Mexican vibe, but there'll be plenty of tacos, chips and salsa to put you in the Cinco mood. $5 donation at the door.
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People Lounge celebrates with $3 Coronas, $5 Don Fulano Margaritas and $10 artisan tequila flights along with regular Thursday specials ($4 Jameson shots, $4 Trumer Pils drafts, $5 select tapas from 5-7 p.m.) DJ Chunk-a-Bud and DJ Ambedecktricks spin from 9 p.m.-2 a.m. No cover charge.
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Divison Ale House celebrates with $5 Olmeca Margaritas, $5 Olmeca shots and $3 Corona bottles in addition to the regular daily deals ($4 Goose Island 312 drafts and $6 all signature martinis). DJ Johnny Fonseca spins 9 p.m.-2 a.m. No cover.
Hit up Lincoln Park's John Barleycorn for $4 lime margaritas, $3 Sol and Dos Equis bottles, $4 Sauza shots and $4 Jose Cuervo shots. A la carte Mexican dishes such as beef and bean nachos ($7), chicken and cheese quesadillas ($9) and beer-battered fish tacos with jalapeno-cilantro slaw ($8) will also be available.
Wicker Park's Salud Tequila Lounge hosts a Cinco de Mayo Street , and outdoor party with live music, Zumba performances and BBQ. 3-9 p.m., $5
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Get on the bus for the Cinco de Mayo Trolley Crawl and grab $5 tequila shots and $3 Dos Equis at Lottie's Pub (7 p.m.), The Pony (8 p.m.) and Frontier (9:30 p.m.). FREE
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Bull & Bear senorita servers will be serving oversized margaritas on the bullpen and specialty Mexican cuisine will be featured all day. Live music by band South of 80.
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Get down with a mariachi band at 6 p.m. at River North's Zocalo, along with food specials, giveaways and $5 margaritas.
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HUB 51 (51 W Hubbard St) offers a $6 special on their Prickly Pear Margarita, $8 Guacamole and $4 Coronas along with the usual popular nachos and tacos on the menu.
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District Bar gets into the spirit with $2 specialty tacos, $3 Coronas and $5 Gran Maestro dobel Tequila.
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Mac's American Pub (1801 W. Division St.) offers $5 16-ounce Cuervo margaritas, $3 Corona bottles, $6 Chicken quesadillas and $7.75 Tacos de pescado.
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John Barleycorn Schaumburg celebrates with $10 pitchers of select margaritas and $4 Dos Equis bottles all day, and an all-you-can-eat buffet from 5-8 p.m. The Pinko de Mayo Breast Cancer Fundraiser goes down from 7:30-10 p.m in the concert venue.
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Mercadito offers live music, DJs and a shareable Cinco de Mayo menu for $40 along with plenty of tequila and cervezas for all. Reservations are encouraged and can be made by calling 312.329.9555.
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