Talk Derby to Me

Though Kentucky’s only a hop, skip and a jump away from Chicago, why make the trek down South to “Run for the Roses” when there are plenty of good Derby celebrations right in the city of dreams? So grab your big hat and it’s off to the races with you. Here are some of the day’s best bets and biggest parties.

Mixology Class at Stretch Run (Your Pre-Derby Party)

Tomorrow night (April 22), Stretch Run in Wrigleyville is offering a complimentary mixology class led by Tracy Miller. Attendees will learn how to make Derby favorites, including Mint Juleps and Black Eyed Susans, while noshing on traditional Kentucky Burgoo stew. RSVP is required.

The Strech Bar and Grill, 3485 N. Clark, Chicago
Thursday, April 22nd  6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

The Pony

Celebrate Derby Day for a good cause at The Pony’s fundraiser event, benefiting Equestrian Connection Stables. Guests can enter to win a free trip to the stables, while enjoying $5 Mint Juleps and Jim Beam cocktails and a $10 Southern-style buffet featuring fried chicken and biscuits. Best seersucker suits and hats take home the bacon.

The Pony Saloon, 1638 W. Belmont, Chicago


From 2-6 pm, rock away race day with a live band, open bar and a lunch buffet on a lovely Lincoln Park patio. All proceeds benefits Chicago Children’s Charities. Advance tickets $80, $100 at the door.

Zella, 1983 N. Clybourn Ave., Chicago

Fizz Bar & Grill

Watch the Kentucky Derby from the beer garden while snacking on a Southern-style buffet full down home favorites including stew, succotash, hot browns and bourbon brownies.

Fizz Bar & Grill, 3220 North Lincoln Ave., Chicago