PILSEN — The organizers behind Mole de Mayo are encouraging Chicagoans to taste some of the city’s best mole dishes at Pilsen restaurants this weekend.
Mole de Mayo typically features a mole cook-off, live music and lucha libre, but was canceled last year because of the pandemic. The outdoor fest won’t return in its typical form this year, but restaurants across Pilsen are offering specialty mole dishes for dine-in or carry-out through Sunday.
Mole, a Mexican sauce typically made with chili peppers, spices, nuts and chocolate, is traditionally served over enchiladas and meats.
Participating restaurants include:
- Azul18, 1236 W. 18th St.
- Cecina Grill, 1536 W. 18th St.
- D’Nuez, 2000 W. 18th St.
- El Berrinches, 1807 S. Ashland Ave.
- El Mezquite, 1756 W. 18th St.
- Frida Room (coffee), 1454 W. 18th St.
- La Esperanza, 1864 S. Blue Island Ave.
- Lalo’s, 733 W. Maxwell St.
- Los Comales, 1544 W. 18th St.
- Atzimba Catering & Events, pickup Sunday at Pilsen Community Market, Blue Island Ave. & 18th St. Call to preorder 773-426-1928
- Senoritas Cantina, 1104 W. 18th St.
- Mole Village, 2302 S. Blue Island Ave.
- Simone’s (cocktails), 960 W. 18th St.
- Xurro Factory (sweets), 2214 S. Wolcott Ave.
- Yvolina’s Tamales, 814 W. 18th St.
Each restaurant’s mole specials are listed online.
Neighborhood chefs will still put their best mole to the test for a chance to win Mole de Mayo’s Best Mole Award and the People’s Choice Award as in previous years.
Judges will vote on the Best Mole award and patrons can vote online for the People’s Choice Award. Winners will be announced in June.
People can also shop handmade accessories at Mole de Mayo’s “virtual mercado” online.
An outdoor Mole de Mayo fest was not possible this year despite the loosening of restrictions and vaccine distributions, said Alex Esparza, executive director of Economic Strategies Development Corporation.
“Since many small businesses are still going through trying times, we wanted to continue to support them as much as possible this year,” Esparza said.
The outdoor Mole de Mayo fest is slated to return May 27-29, 2022, Esparza said.
Subscribe to Block Club Chicago, an independent, 501(c)(3), journalist-run newsroom. Every dime we make funds reporting from Chicago’s neighborhoods.