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Chicago summer is in full swing and National Tequila Day (July 24) is the reason for cheers - leave the salt and limes at home because these Chicago favorites have got your agave and cocktail needs covered!


Tequila Blanco, fresh grapefruit, a spritz of lime and a dash of heaven’s honey blended and poured is an agave fix as you comb through Chef Doug Psaltis’ Family Recipes at Andros for dinner.  


River North's Barrio is featuring the Blackberry Bramble. This cocktail mixes Milagro silver, agave, blackberries, lemon and is shaken with an egg white.

BLVD Steakhouse

Some Like It Hot is a blast from the past featuring Lunazul Tequila, Ancho Reyes Liqueur, Grana Gala Liqueur, Jalapeno Shrub, and agave with lime to help with the heat. Pair your cocktail with BLVD’s Bar Snacks including warm olives, crispy chickpeas and truffle marcona almonds. 


Named for a move from Argentine tango, Boleo at the Kimpton Gray Hotel brings the flavors and beats of South America to the Loop rooftop for Chicagoans. Sip on a Spicy Margarita made with habanero-infused Espolon Tequila, dry Curacao, simple syrup, lime, tajin while the savory aroma of Peruvian and Argentinian street food perfumes the air. 

Golden Dagger

Lincoln Park's Golden Dagger is getting into the tequila spirit with the Obatala Margarita. This marg blends Milagro silver with Cointreau, lime, and grenadine.


Jaleo officially opened their kitchen in Chicago on July 15. Celebrate the arrival of Chef José Andrés and the spirits and flavors of modern-day Spain when you order their Margarita Donostiarra -- Arbol infused tequila, mezcal, bay leaf, lime and a bit of sherry salt to line the rim. Cocktails are made either by the glass or by the pitcher.


River North's Mercadito features the Pepino El Pyu. A cocktail made of Milagro silver, cucumber, lemon, hoja santa and cumin salt.

Old Pueblo Cantina

This National Tequila Day, cool off with Old Pueblo Cantina’s Frozen Margarita. Featuring fresh fruit, lime, and agave, diners can sip and sit on the patio while ordering homemade Chips & Guac, sonoran cheese crisps, taco platters, chopped salads, and more.


West Loop's, PB&J, serves up a tequila cocktail. This National Tequila Day, sip on the Hot and Bothered while sitting on the  patio or inside near the jukebox. PB&J also serves the Patio Pounder for a hot summer day. It features Union Mezcal, Pamplemousse, Lime, with a fresh Mango Chili Rim. Both cocktails are available in a large-format pitcher that serves up to six guests. 


Recess offers more than ten different varieties of agave for you to sip on and experiment with this National Tequila Day at Recess. School is out, so refresh yourself with their Mexican Firing Squad cocktail featuring Milagro Tequila, pomegranate, aromatic bitters, and the perfect pinch of lime. You can even modify this classic cocktail into a margarita when you use grenadine instead of simple syrup.

Rose Mary

Which Is Which features Espolon Reposado Tequila, Strega, Aperol, and grapefruit. 


Into the Velmas features Avion Silver Tequila, mezcal, strega snap pea, and fresh lime. 

Sophia Steak

For those in the North Shore suburbs, Sophia Steak offers their “Kick Starter” cocktail featuring tequila, mezcal, jalapeno, cucumber, lime, with a black sea salt rim. 

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'Into the Velmas' at Sepia (Photo courtesy of Sepia)


Sip on a handcrafted cocktail and look out from the sunlit dining room to Lake Michigan, or step out onto the 150-seat patio and into the open air to experience Lírica. For National Tequila day, enjoy one of the restaurant's margaritas - classic, Spicy Pineapple Fresno or Canela Peach. To make a reservation, visit 


Carnivale is open for both indoor dining in their many spacious dining rooms as well as outdoor experiences on their expansive new patio. Enjoy a Carnivale Martini for National Tequila Day, made with El Tesoro Reposado, Orange Curacao, Pomegranate juice, Lime juice and Mango Puree. To make a reservation, visit

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'The Carnivale Martini' (Photo courtesy of Carnivale)

The Rambler Kitchen + Tap

The North Center neighborhood bar is kicking off National Tequila Day on Saturday, July 24 with an Agave Happy Hour from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Featuring five easy ways to fall in love with tequila, guests will enjoy $5 specials including margaritas on tap, Dulce Vida Flavored Tequila Cocktails, Freshie Tequila Seltzers, Hornitos Tequila Seltzers and Dobel Diamente Shots. A $5 Nacho Plate will also be available, a great pairing for potent happy hour.

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