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This Week in CHI: May 1- 7

May 1st is commonly viewed around the world as a day of new beginnings and welcoming spring. After this past weekend of bone chilling weather in Chicago, we so hope this is true! As we await the weekend in anticipation of Cinco de Mayo and the Kentucky Derby, it’s good that the city of Chicago is never short of fun activities to fill our week.

Extending a holiday is a concept the Bitches firmly believe in, and apparently, so does Rockit Bar & Grill as it is hosting Cinco Days of Cinco starting today to gear up for Friday’s fiesta! For the next five days, margaritas, Coronas, and Modelos are $5 to wash down your choice of tacos for $4 or 3 for $10. Additional Mexican style dishes will also be available. Enjoy a calmer setting during the week or wait it out until the fiesta on Friday. Or in true Bitches fashion, brunch at Rockit on Saturday. Read our Rockit Brunch review here. For more information regarding Cinco Days of Cinco, click here. Rockit Bar & Grill, 22 W. Hubbard St., Chicago, IL.

It barely feels like spring after the weather we had this weekend, but it can’t hurt to start thinking about summer décor. Changing out your apartment décor is a great way to spice up your apartment and painted wood always puts us in a summery mood. This Tuesday paint your own 16 x 12 inch wood pallet at Bottle & Bottega in Lakeview. The class is BYOB (and food), so bring a bottle of the Bitches drink of the spring season, rosé, or whatever allows you to channel your inner artiste and paint away! Remember, wood pallets are a great medium for layering, so if your pallet doesn’t turn out exactly as you please, “do-overs” at home are more than acceptable. The evening is $45 per person and lasts from 6 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. Register here. Bottle & Bottega, 2900 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL.

Let the crafts continue tonight at a macramé plant hanger workshop in River North at The Freehand Hotel’s, Café Integral, with Amy Zwikel Studio. Macramé is the art of using cord or string to knot decorative patterns, and in this workshops case, to hang plants. Demonstrations and hands on assistance will be provided throughout class as you knot your natural, high quality macramé material to create your own masterpiece to take home. Do not fret if you don’t finish, as you will be given your own knot guide to keep you on your macramé game outside of class. Class, including materials, is $75. For registration and more workshop details, click here. Café Integral in The Freehand Hotel, 19 E. Ohio St., Chicago, IL.

May the Fourth be with you, Star Wars fans! Personally, this Bitch has never watched a single on of the epic film series. However, even if I can’t answer a single question, Star Wars Trivia and Bingo Night at Beauty Bar in Wicker Park sounds like a night not to be missed. Doors open at 7 p.m. to grab seats, a drink, and as this is Beauty Bar, get your nails painted. Even Star Wars themed nail decals will be offered. Once trivia and bingo wraps up, an epic throwback dance party under the disco ball will last until close. For event information, click here. Beauty Bar, 1444 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL.

Let the margaritas flow today, as Cinco de Mayo falls (as did the French to Mexico in 1862) on a Fri-YAY! The city will be buzzed, pardon me, a buzz with talk of the best margaritas in town from some of our favorite spots, to get the fiesta started! Spend Friday drinking margs at fun Mexican restaurants like Taco Joint, Dos Urban Cantina, the new Broken English Taco Pub location, or plan a weekend Mexican brunch at our new favorite Mexican place, Quiote in Logan Square (review to come!).

Take off last night’s sombrero and replace it with your Churchill Downs worthy hat. Chicago Children’s Charities is hosting its 14th Annual Kentucky Derby Party at Zella’s in support of various children’s charities in Chicago. A colorful Derby hat paired with this season’s playful white frock is the perfect combination for sipping mint juleps on the patio. For an outstanding cause, it is off to the races we go! Also, did we mention how much we love Zella brunch and it’s killer patio? Check out our Chicago Patio guide here. Event tickets are $85. For tickets and more information, click here.


It is only fair to your stomach to round out your week of Mexican cuisine with tasty Mexican desserts. Read it & Eat is hosting a Mexican dessert baking class with pastry chef, Kristin Dull, teaching you all the tools, techniques and tricks needed to whip up a Mexican treat. Desserts being taught include, churros, tres leches and flan. Class is $65. For tickets and more information, click here.


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