Cinco de Mayo 2024 Guide for Chicagoland Families

Teach your child an appreciation for Mexican culture with these events, recipes and cultural centers.

While Cinco de Mayo has become a holiday focused on Mexican food and drinks, there’s more than one way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo with your kids. Dig deeper into the vibrant Mexican culture that’s behind the day that celebrates a Mexican military victory over the French.

Kids of all ages can learn to cook, explore Mexican-American establishments or try a few crafts at home. Here are a few fun ways to celebrate Cinco De Mayo with the kids at home and around the city.

Looking for more spring activities in Chicagoland? Check out our spring fun family guide! 

This article was recently updated on April 16, 2024, by Chicago Parent’s Audience Development Coordinator, Kari Zaffarano. The update included her adding new Chicagoland events to the ChicagoParent.com‘s calendar and featuring the best family events for Cinco de Mayo, aligning with Chicago Parent’s mission to provide the top parenting resources for local families. Questions? Please reach out to kari@chicagoparent.com.

Events

Cinco De Mayo Parade

May 5, 2024

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a parade in downtown Chicago. The parade will take place on Cermak Road from Damen Avenue to Marshall Boulevard.

Crafts

Frida Kahlo-Inspired Mexican Headbands

This is great for older kids who are learning about the art and inspiration of Frida Khalo. Since the recipe from My Moppet requires wire cutters, make sure to keep the heavy tools out of too-little hands.

Get the tutorial at My Poppet.

Mini Piñatas

Avoid the mess of a giant piñata with these miniature versions from Instructables. Kids can make theirs as simple or complex as their heart desires. Best for indoor play: baseball bat not necessary.

Get the tutorial at Instructables

Tissue Paper Tassels

Let kids help decorate for the at-home celebration with garland made of brightly colored tissue paper. This tutorial from Catch My Party and The Purple Pug makes the directions easy even for those new to scissoring.

Get the tutorial at Catch My Party.

Food

Highest-Rated Mexican Restaurants in Chicago

Infatuation Chicago recommends the best Mexican restaurants in the city. One of our favorite kid-friendly Mexican restaurants is Antique Taco with locations in Bridgeport and Wicker Park.

Sweet Mexican Treats in Chicago 

If you have a sweet tooth, there are plenty of businesses across the Chicago area that offer churros, paletas and more. How can we choose just one treat?!

More Activities

National Museum of Mexican Art

Check out this free art museum, which features Mexican art for all to view. Find plenty of family-friendly activities on its website, too.

Dulcelandia 

  • Various locations in Chicagoland

If making your own piñata sounds like work and you’d rather concentrate on the candy or pick one up at the store, Dulcelandia Candy is your place to go in Chicago. It’s a Mexican candy wonderland with five locations. Not able to make the trip? You can buy treats online.

Spanish/English Bilingual Picture Books for Kids

Whether your family speaks Spanish or your child is learning the language, here are some fun bilingual children’s books to learn more Spanish. Also, learn more about Mexico and its history with these children’s books recommended by Brightly.


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Kari Zaffarano
Kari Zaffarano
Kari Zaffarano is a mom of one and Chicago Parent's Audience Development Coordinator. She tracks down the best events every week and shares the inside scoop with families in print and online. She enjoys reading, traveling and exploring new places with her son.
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