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Chicago Margarita Festival Brings the Fiesta to Navy Pier

By Urbanmatter Chicago @UMatterChicago

After a long week of work or school, you can count on your best friend to ask the question that really matters: “Margs?” If you find yourself sprinting to the tequila, then get ready because Chicago Margarita Festival is back. And after a few rough fledgling years, the festival has adopted a new location and lease on life.


Photo Credit: Chicago Margarita Festival

This year, Chicago Margarita Festival will be held July 8 – 9 at beloved Chicago landmark Navy Pier and will offer not only 10+ margarita flavors, but gourmet eats, live music, dancing and a fireworks show. Tickets range from $20 for general admission to $80 for VIP, depending on how fancy you want to get — but those gourmet eats might just be worth it: shrimp tostada, margarita chicken, mini lobster roll and Asian pear crostini, to name a few.

The new location will hopefully subdue complaints from past years. 2016’s event, which was held at South Shore Cultural Center, left a bad taste in some festgoers’ mouths who complained of issues entering the event, long lines for drinks and a poor VIP experience. However, this year’s festival website boasts “elegant, radiant minimalist design” and “Latin congo and Island sounds with a touch of classic Chicago house.” And don’t forget, you’ll be surrounded by beautiful Lake Michigan. No complaints here.

So skip your favorite Mexican restaurant’s happy hour this time around because you’ve got a whole festival dedicated to the instant-fiesta cocktail. One tequila, two tequila—you know how it goes.

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