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They say Chicago has two seasons: winter and construction. If upcoming events are any indication, we might have to add a third: pub crawl season. Spring is the perfect time to get out and enjoy a progressive party in your 'hood of choice. Read on for some of our favorites in May:
Cinco de Mayo Pub Crawl (Lincoln Park)
May 5, 8-11 p.m.; $15
Not sure which bar you want to be your Cinco de Mayo headquarters? You don't have to choose! Take a tour of six Lincoln Park/Lakeview bars, with domestic drafts, margaritas and a Mexican buffet at each stop. You'll be drinking at Duffy's Tavern, Durkin's, Maeve, McGee's, Redmond's and Wrightwood Tap. There will be a trolley to take you from bar to bar. More Cinco de Mayo events.
Cinco de Mayo Bar Crawl 2010 (hosted by Kiss FM)
May 5, 8 p.m.-midnight Wednesday, starting at Rockwood Place/Bar Celona; free
Mariachi bands will play until 9 p.m. at both opening bars, then trolleys will take the fiesta to Grand Central, then to Angels & Mariachis. Kiss FM (103.5) will be at Angels & Mariachis all night, including one of Kiss FM’s “Beat Freak” DJs. Drink deals include $5 Cazadores margaritas, $5 Cazadores Reposado or Blanco shots and $4 Corona bottles.
Historic Pub Crawl of Hegewisch
May 5, 6 p.m.
Learn all about the venerable South Side neighborhood through Landmarks Illinois, sponsors the event. It’s a great chance to learn a little about our fair city – while having a drink or three along the way. Details are scarce on locations, but we’re thinking maybe some Pudgy’s Pizza? Chicago Pita Kitchen? The Ford Assembly Plant? Anyway, cost is $10, or free if you’re a Landmarks member. Call (312) 922-1742 or click here for more info.
"Dress Up Like Your Favorite Mother" Uptown Pub Crawl
May 8, 2-7 p.m.; $10-$15
If you're the type to take your mother on pub crawls, this is the one to choose. Comedian Bertha Mason hosts this crawl that includes contests (lunchmaking, laundry sorting, phone calls) and prizes. It all starts at Crew, moving along to Nick's Uptown, Fat Cat, The Spot and Uptown Lounge, with $2.50 Stella Artois deals all day. Make sure to heed the title and don your best Mom jeans.
Cover Your Bases Pub Crawl
Saturday, May 8, 1:30 p.m.; $15
Here's a creative one: you'll collect a sticker at each Wrigleyville bar you go to, which you'll stick on your provided t-shirt. Cover all the "bases" and you'll get major props. There will be a raffle at the final stop in which you can win Cubs rooftop tickets, among other prizes. Bars include John Barleycorn Wrigleyville, Dark Horse Tap and Grille, Harry Caray's Tavern, Houndstooth Saloon, Rebel Bar & Grill, Mullen's on Clark, Nisei Lounge, Rebel Bar & Grill, Red Ivy, Rockwood Place, Sports Corner, The Stretch and The Yard.
Spring Fling Pub Crawl
Saturday, May 15, 2-8 p.m.; $10 in advance at any participating location, $15 day of
Head to Boystown for this seasonal celebration, which includes 11 bars offering $5 Absolut Acai cocktails and $4 Corona. The fun starts at Roscoe's and continues at Bucks Saloon, Cocktail, Halsted's Bar & Grill, Hydrate, Lucky Horseshoe Lounge, Minibar, North End, Rehab, Scarlet and Spin.
Young Irish Fellowship Club Pub Crawl
Saturday, May 15, 1-9 p.m.; 420
Fore! This golf-themed pub crawl asks you to dress in your finest fairway attire for a round of drinking in Old Town. You'll start off at Corcoran's Grill & Pub, where you'll enjoy $3 domestic bottles, $4 well drinks, $3.50 microbrews and $5 shots, before continuing on to Wells on Wells (2:30-3:50 p.m.; $9 pitchers of Miller Lite, $4 beer specials), McGinny's Tap (4-5:20 p.m.; $5 shots, $15 buckets), O'Brien's Restaurant (5:30-6:30 p.m.; Bud Light and sangria specials) and Fireplace Inn (7-9 p.m.; $3 Bud Light and 312, $4 Jager bombs). You can join at any poitn during the crawl. The best part? A portion of proceeds will benefit Natasha McShane, a victim of the Bucktown bat attack on April 23.
Back to the Pub Crawl
Saturday, May 22, 1:30-9 p.m.; $10
This Wrigleyville crawl has an '80s theme, complete with a DeLorean that'll be parked in front of the first few bars (remember: drunk driving is illegal). Your entry fee gets you an official tshirt, a 22-ounce cup, a slap bracelet, food and drink specials, beer pong/flip cup tournaments, live music (from Mer and Red Pop Fury) and more. It starts at Bernie's Tavern, moving on to Casey Moran's, Sports Corner, Cubby Bear, Sluggers and John Barleycorn Wrigleyville.