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Kentucky Derby Day Drinking and Dining

The Kentucky Derby races into action May 3, bringing with it a slew of mint juleps, hot browns, hats, and other Kentucky staples.

Dining Chicago Derby Day Drinking and Dining State and Lake Chicago Tavern hot brown

State and Lake Chicago Tavern hot brown


Sure, horses take top billing for the Kentucky Derby, but let’s be honest, the equine event is as much about the hats, the food, the drinks, and the pomp and circumstance. Derby Day is an opportunity to embrace spring in all its minty, sunny glory, and that’s an occasion worth celebrating. We may not be near Churchill Downs, but you can pretend as much with Chicago’s miscellany of Derby Day specials happening this weekend.

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

The Kentucky Derby /ˈdɜrbi/ is a Grade I stakes race for three-year-oldThoroughbreds, held annually in Louisville, Kentucky, United States, on the first Saturday in May, capping the two-week-long Kentucky Derby Festival. The race is one and a quarter miles (2 km) at Churchill DownsColts and geldings carry 126 pounds (57 kilograms) and fillies 121 pounds (55 kilograms).[1] The race is known in the United States as “The Most Exciting Two Minutes In Sports” or “The Fastest Two Minutes in Sports” for its approximate duration, and is also called “The Run for the Roses” for the blanket of roses draped over the winner. It is the first leg of the US Triple Crown and is followed by the Preakness Stakes, then the Belmont Stakes. Unlike the Preakness and Belmont Stakes, which took hiatuses in 1891-1893 and 1911-1912, respectively, the Kentucky Derby has been run every consecutive year since 1875. A horse must win all three races to win the Triple Crown.[2] The attendance at the Kentucky Derby ranks first in North America and usually surpasses the attendance of all other stakes races including the Preakness Stakes, Belmont Stakes, and the Breeders’ Cup.[3]