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Seriously Awesome Things to Eat and Drink in Chicago This Week

Get tequila cocktails, cheap mussels, tacos, and free beer. That’s right. Free beer.

Pinky Gonzales cocktail at Three Dots and a Dash   Photo: Anjali Pinto

Monday, May 5

It’s Cinco de Mayo—do you know where your margaritas are? If you haven’t solidified plans yet, consider these deals: $5 food specials and $3 Coronas at Nacional 27 (325 W. Huron St., River North, 312-644-2727), salsa performances and an extra-strong “Cinco Mas ‘Rita” (it even comes with an extra sidecar of Patron Silver) at Cantina Laredo (508 N. State St., River North, 312-955-0014), cemita silders and $3 tequila shots at High Noon Saloon (1560 N. Milwaukee Ave., Wicker Park, 773-227-9339), or by picking up a tequila-lime macaron dusted with edible gold powder from Vanille Patisserie (multiple locations, see vanillepatisserie.com.)

Tuesday, May 6

In case you didn’t get enough tequila action yesterday, Three Dots and a Dash just released their spring cocktail menu. It includes a Pinky Gonzales cocktail, with reposado tequila, curaçao, lime, and orgeat. Do you have a better way to get in the mood for warm weather?

Wednesday, May 7

Bow & Stern Oyster Bar is launching two new Wednesday specials starting today: You can get mussels prepared one of three ways for $12 (this week’s options include a variation with pancetta, kumquats, marjoram, fennel, and herbsaint), and you can sip on (with help from a few friends) 28-ounce pitchers of punches, like one with bourbon and chai tea, for $25.

The only thing better than free food is free beer. There will be both at Xoco (449 N. Clark St., River North, 312-661-1434) at 5 p.m., when they’ll be offering up a tasting of Revolution brews and Xoco menu items to celebrate a month-long partnership between the two.

Friday, May 9

Few Spirits (918 Chicago Ave., Evanston, 847-920-8628) will kick off their Few Fridays series today, with live music, tacos from Big Star’s food truck, and freshly mixed drinks from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

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