Cinco de Mayo in Chicago might look a little different this year, but there’s no reason we can’t still celebrate at home. The city’s restaurants are ready to help you create your own DIY fiesta, with tacos to go, margarita kits, and other special carryout options to get you in the holiday spirit.
Here’s how to celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Chicago at home:
Dos Urban Cantina
This beloved Mexican spot is serving family-style meals for Cinco de Mayo. Choose from two meal options: chipotle chicken tacos or tamal azteca, each with enough sides to feed four. Add on an order of guac and large-format margaritas and you’ve got yourself a party.
Get a full-blown taco feast for four from Frontera Grill. The meat-filled tacos come with guacamole, roasted poblano rajas, black beans, classic rice, grilled knob onions, two salsas, and handmade heirloom corn tortillas. The add-on margarita kit is basically mandatory.
Create your own at-home party with Antique Taco’s margarita kits to go. Choose from individual servings or 1/2 gallon sizes, plus two carryout meal package options — happy hour snacks or the all-in option with sides and a DIY taco bar.
Build your own tacos, guacamole, and margaritas with these fun, hands-on kits from Tallboy Taco. Customize your own taco kit for four, then add on build-your-own guac and a classic margarita kit.
This famed taqueria is all about (what else?) carnitas. And they’re offering carry-out orders of their specialty meat by the pound, plus guac, chicharrones, beans, salsas, sodas, and more.
Add some barbecue flavor to your Cinco celebration with Bub City’s Texas-style taco kit. Choose from smoked brisket or chipotle-rubbed pork, plus all the fixins’ like jalapeno beans, Mexican rice, Southwest chopped salad, guacamole, and more. Add a classic margarita kit to complete the meal.
Pilsen’s 5 Rabanitos is offering a limited, temporary menu for carryout and neighborhood delivery. Choose from a variety of tamales, soups, salads, tacos, tortas, and entrees — more than enough for a Cinco de Mayo feast.
Summer House Santa Monica
Get a taste of summer with Summer House’s mango margarita kit. This cocktail kit yields about 12 drinks, plenty for your entire household, and includes Codigo Tequila Rosa, housemade mango margarita mix, salt, and limes.
Celebrate with tacos, margaritas, and a few festive extras to create your own Cinco de Mayo “fiesta en casa”. Order a themed family-style meal with chips and guac, rice and refried beans, wood-fired short rib picnic, and cinnamon tres leches. Don’t forget the drinks: get a carafe of Etta Rita mix, a flask of mezcal, and flavor mix ins.
BLVD is offering an enchilada meal kit for your Cinco de Mayo dinner. The kit includes three corn tortillas stuffed with braised pork and topped with salsa verde, queso añejo, and crema, plus a side of rice and beans, salad, chips and salsa, and flan de coco. Add on Tecate cans and Mexican Squirt bottles for just a few bucks more.
Old Pueblo Cantina
Feed the whole family with a deluxe taco kit from Old Pueblo Cantina. The meal includes “take & bake” chorizo queso fundido, enchiladas with your choice of protein, Mexican rice, refried beans, roasted vegetables, chips + salsa, and more. And don’t forget a take-home margarita pitcher.
Arbella is offering a bodega-style shop where you can pick up all the booze you need for your Cinco celebration, including all your favorite large-format cocktails. Each drink serves 6 or 16 people, with options like a spicy and non-spicy margarita, an old fashioned, and even a customizable you-call-it option.
This hip ramen shop has recently launched beer pong bundles, where guests choose their own 6 beer bottles, plus ping pong balls and red solo cups. They’re also offering limited-time specialty cocktails for you to mix at home, including the Furious Couch Margarita, Ol’ Dirty Quarantine, and more.
Mercadito is offering a Cinco de Mayo celebration menu. Order tacos (shrimp, al pastor, chicken, and more), traditional guacamole and chips, rice and beans, ready-to-drink cocktails, and more.