Cinco de Mayo is fast approaching; the holiday commemorates Mexico’s unlikely victory against the French at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862.  As one of the biggest Mexican festivals celebrated in Chicago, Cinco de Mayo warrants a day or night on the town. Several food journalists have declared Chicago “the second city of Mexican Cuisine” because the city offers a myriad of Mexican restaurants, everything from top chef Rick Bayless renown restaurants to inexpensive taquerias that can be found in almost every neighborhood.   With so many options, making dinner or bar plans for the holiday should be effortless.  In addition to great dining options, Chicago offers the largest Cinco de Mayo festivals and parades in the Midwest.  Every year over 100,000 spectators attend the Cinco de Mayo Parade, which starts on Cermak from Wood to Kedzie.    Additionally, the 4th Annual Cinco de Mayo Festival is a family friendly event that includes authentic food, art, crafts and live entertainment along with children’s activities.   The festival kicks off on Friday, May 3 (6 to 11 p.m.) and Saturday May 4 and Sunday, May 5 (2 to 11 p.m.). The event will be held in Little Village at 26th St. and Kostner.

Here are a few of our fave Mexican restaurants: