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Kentucky Derby dining, drinking, watching specials around Chicago

Best hat wins at Tavern on Rush
Best hat wins at Tavern on Rush
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Whether or not you play the ponies, the 140th Run for the Roses on Saturday, May 3rd, can be an awfully festive time even here in Chicago.

Pick your "win, place and show" horses and saddle up at one of these Chicago restaurants and watering holes for specials that aren't horsefeathers!

Best hat wins at Tavern on Rush
Best hat wins at Tavern on Rush Rob Carr/Getty Images

Best hat wins at Tavern on Rush

Tavern On Rush hosts its third annual Kentucky Derby Party on Saturday, May 3. Guests are encouraged to dress in honor of the Derby, as the best hat will be awarded a bottle of Dom Perignon awarded immediately after the race. Tavern will celebrate all day with special $10.50 Maker's Mark Mint Juleps and a dedicated Derby menu from Executive Chef John Gatsos including Kentucky Burgoo Soup, Crispy Churchill Fried Chicken Chopped Salad, “Run for the Roses” Potato Chip Basket and Kentucky Bourbon Banana Bread Pudding.

Tavern on Rush
1031 N. Rust St.
Chicago, IL
(312) 664-9600

Luxe race
Luxe race Rob Carr/Getty Images

Luxe race

Join LUXBAR to celebrate the 140th Kentucky Derby. All 16 HD flatscreen televisions with sound show the race. Guests will enjoy festive cocktails including Mint Juleps and a best hat contest. The winner will receive a $250 gift card.

18 E. Bellevue Pl
Chicago, IL
(312) 642-3400

Putting the Q in Derby
Putting the Q in Derby Rob Carr/Getty Images

Putting the Q in Derby

On Saturday, May 3, Chicago q will host its second annual Derby party, Derby q, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. View the races inside Chicago q's main dining room or outside on the heated patio. Tickets are available for $42, and include a Southern-style, all-you-can-eat buffet and a drink. Reserve by calling (312) 642-1160. A portion of the ticket fee will be donated to Ronald McDonald House® near Lurie Children's.

Throughout the day, there will be numerous contests including the best Derby Hat Contest, Best Dressed Gentlemen Contest and many more ways to win prizes. Bet on derby horses for a chance to win Blue Door Farm Stand retail, Chicago q gift cards and bounce backs, house made sauces, rubs, and pickles from Chicago q, Maker's Mark goodies and others.

Chicago q
1160 N. Dearborn St.
Chicago, IL 60610

Derby drink specials
Derby drink specials Rob Carr/Getty Images

Derby drink specials

Watch the Kentucky Derby at Newport Bar and Grill with Derby style drink specials including $4 mint juleps, made with Jim Beam, mint leaves, and simple syrup, $4 sweet tea vodka lemonades with home brewed sweet tea vodka, $6 Bulleit bourbon and $12 Budweiser family buckets.

Newport Bar and Grill
1344 W. Newport Ave
Chicago, IL 60657

Maker's Mark Mint Juleps
Maker's Mark Mint Juleps Division St. Ale House

Maker's Mark Mint Juleps

The Division Ale House screens the Derby Undercard, the Derby Pre-Show and the 140th Kentucky Derby (post time approximately 5:24 p.m.) on a dozen HDTVs and offers Derby-inspired specials all day Saturday, May 3 in addition to the regular daily deals including:

Kentucky Brunswick Stew
House-smoked pulled pork, beef brisket and pulled chicken, signature BBQ sauce (sweet and vinegar), sweet corn, baby lima beans, tomatoes, chef Wally Rouse's secret spice blend, side of cornbread - $4.99 cup/$6.99 bowl

Kentucky Brisket Sandwich
10-hour house-smoked beef brisket, Maker's Mark BBQ sauce, caramelized onions, brioche bun, choice of side - $9.95

Maker's Mark Mint Juleps - $5

Division Ale House
1942 W. Division St.
Chicago, IL 60622

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