Did you realize Derby Day falls on the same day as a Cubs game this year? But don’t worry, we are not letting the Derby get out-shined. Check out the best places to eat, drink, and party (with your furry friends, even) on Derby Day in Chicago this year. And take lots of pictures!

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River Shannon

425 W Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL 60614

River Shannon is celebrating Derby Day in style on Saturday, May 6 from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Guests– and their furry friends– are encouraged to don their finest hats while they derby all day and party all night. The day’s festivities will include several Derby-themed drinks featuring Jameson, Tito’s, Nutrl, and Paddy’s, a hat contest for both guests and their dogs, a raffle with themed prizes and giveaways, and more.

BLVD Steakhouse

817 W Lake St, Chicago, IL 60607

BLVD Steakhouse is hosting a Derby Day party on Saturday, May 6, beginning at 1 p.m. to celebrate its brand new patio! Attendees, who are encouraged to dress in their Derby Day best, will enjoy a four-course seated lunch in partnership with Westholme Wagyu showcasing dishes like grilled oysters, heirloom tomato wedge salad, and Westholme Australian Wagyu, of course. The restaurant has also


partnered with AIX rosé and Ferrari sparkling wine to offer complimentary pours throughout the event.  Specialty Derby-themed cocktails from Woodford Reserve and S.Pellegrino and full bar service will be available. BLVD Steakhouse’s Derby Day party tickets are $125 and will be available on Tock.


1072 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60642

Frontier’s Annual Kentucky Derby Party is back on Saturday, May 6th! Celebrate in true Kentucky fashion by sipping $10 Maker’s Mark (mint juleps, old fashioneds, & sours) while enjoying $18 fried chicken plates (served with sides & cornbread). Happening from 1-3 PM will be a wax dipping experience where guests can get a Maker’s Mark rocks glass wax dipped! There will also be a best dressed and best hat contest on-site, so be sure to dust off your best bowler hat and ruffled dress with the chance to win.


For those looking for a true derby experience, Frontier offers VIP seating for only $25/person. Guests will also receive a complimentary mint julep served in a souvenir chrome cup, in addition to Chef Brian Jupiter’s, Food Network’s 2022 Chopped Champion, highly acclaimed hushpuppies for the table! Reservations for 2-6 guests can be made via Tock or by visiting https://www.thefrontierchicago.com/. For groups of 7+ guests, or those looking to book a VIP table, please email emily@pioneertaverngroup.com.

Ina Mae Tavern

1415 N Wood St, Chicago, IL 60622

Join Ina Mae Tavern on Saturday, May 6th, for their annual Kentucky Derby Party. With live music starting at 2 PM, guests can enjoy food and drink specials while watching the derby and cheering on their chosen horse! Offerings include $10 mint juleps, $10 sours and old fashioneds, and $18 fried chicken plates (served with potato salad and a biscuit). Best dressed and best hat contests will be held, so dress accordingly for those interested in entering! Walk-ins are welcome, or make your reservation today via Tock.

Vol. 39

39 South LaSalle Street, Chicago, IL 60603

For the greatest two minutes in sports, you’ll want to celebrate at Vol. 39 at the Kimpton Gray Hotel. Gather for an afternoon of Kentucky Derby tradition surrounded by timeless elegance. From 3 PM to 7 PM, Vol. 39 will serve all the Derby essentials, from premium cocktails such as Mint Juleps, Whiskey Smashes, Sazerac Rye Old Fashioneds, and French 75s at the champagne bar to gourmet Chef-selected bites.

There will also be a live bluegrass band and a fascinator display by FUR:THER for guests to admire. Guests should arrive in their racing fashion finest for a chance to win the Best Dressed and Best Hat competitions. Capture all the stylish memories from the evening in the vintage photo booth too!

The Hampton Social

353 W Hubbard St, Chicago, IL 60654

The “Run for the Rosés” Kentucky Derby watch party is here! On Saturday, May 6th, celebrate Derby Day at The Hampton Social from 3 pm to 8 pm with $10 Rosé Mint Juleps, a best dressed and best hat competition, and a viewing of the races. Walk-ins are welcome or book your table ahead of time on OpenTable here.

LH Rooftop

85 E Wacker Dr 22nd Floor, Chicago, IL 60601

LondonHouse is celebrating Cinco de Mayo and Derby Day with a Cinco de Derby Fiesta and Viewing Party. On Friday, May 5th, guests can celebrate Cinco de Mayo with tacos and tequila specials all day and night. The party will continue on Saturday, May 6th at 12pm for Derby Day. Final details coming soon!

Featured Image: Frontier

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