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Mary Krosnjar in Caché Orange Lace Sheath Dress

Mary Krosnjar in Caché Orange Lace Sheath Dress in the stables of Arlington Park

For as much as we celebrate sport and fashion here at SDI, cialis sale you can imagine how pumped we get each year when the Derby rolls around.

After all, buy what other sporting event warrants a smart new dress, sales a colorful wide-brimmed hat and the chance to cocktail in such a sophisticated manner?

I’ve been very fortunate and have attended several impressive sporting events in my life: the Super Bowl, the World Series, the Final Four..to name a few, but none of them compare to the atmosphere and energy that I found at the Kentucky Derby. From the magnificent Churchill Downs, to the incredible display of diverse ladylike fashion, to the amazing energy that is unleashed during those two minutes of the final race of the day, there’s something magical and timeless about the Derby.

Turn heads in the must-have color and fabric this spring: bold orange lace

Turn heads in the must-have color and fabric this spring: bold orange lace, Caché

If landing those coveted Clubhouse Derby Day tickets and a trip down to Louisville just aren’t in the books this year, you’ll find plenty of impressive Derby Day options right here in Chicago. Our city never shies away from the chance to throw a party around a sporting event and the opportunity to start boozing early on a Saturday. If your Derby Day plans aren’t yet confirmed, check out our list of recommendations on where to go this Saturday.

Of course, half the fun of Derby Day is dolling up for the big occasion. No other sporting event offers such an opportunity to make such a bold fashion statement while unleashing your inner southern belle.

The #1 Derby accessory: the perfect hat

The #1 Derby accessory: the perfect hat

But pulling together the perfect Derby Day look can be trickier than expected. After all, we’re still thawing out from Chiberia and haven’t seen temps push past 65 yet this season. Pulling together an impressive Derby Day dress, with accompanying hat and accessories can be quite daunting for the Chicago girl, who is still considering a permanent west-coast escape as she prevails through unpredictable May.

If a quick dose of Derby fashion inspiration is what you need in order to get out there and hunt down your perfect Derby look for Saturday, then you’re in luck. Regular SDI contributor, and one of Chicago’s rising fashion-blogger stars, Mary Krosnjar, a.k.a, “the Sportsanista” traveled to our #1 recommended destination, Arlington Park, this past weekend, for the perfect backdrop for some of this season’s most wanted Derby looks.

Mary Krosnjar in Floral Placement Halter Dress from Caché

Mary Krosnjar in Floral Placement Halter Dress from Caché, fascinator: Nordstrom 

We partnered with Caché for these Derby looks, the ideal place to check out the next time you are in the market for a dress – not just for the Derby, but for weddings, holidays, romantic vacations and that go-to staple for GNO. 

 Caché coupon

With a store in the 900 N. Michigan Shops as well as a huge selection on-line, Caché is offering SDI readers $25 off your purchase of $150 or more or $50 off your purchase of $250 or more. Use code 8128757 when checking out or simply print off this coupon and bring it in store. Hurry, promotion ends Monday, May 5th.

What's more appropriate for the Derby than a Mint Julep? A bright floral dress.

What’s more appropriate for the Derby than a Mint Julep? A bright floral dress, Caché

 

Be bold in an unconventional lace pantsuit paired off with a fascinator

Be bold in an unconventional lace pantsuit paired off with a fascinator: Embroidered Lace Wrap Jumpsuit, Caché, Fascinator: Nordstrom 

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Guaranteed to turn heads, the traditional black & white takes a twist with lace in a sexy and smart embroidered jumpsuit: Caché, Fascinator: Nordstrom 

Model:  Mary Krosnjar (check out Mary’s blog for additional photos and inspiration)

Dresses & pantsuit: Caché

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Well Chicago, viagra the Derby is just a week and some change away and it’s time to start locking down your plans. I’m making life easy for you, viagra providing a hand-crafted list of some of the best places and parties to Derby Down next Saturday.

From a Derby charity event, physician to a casual bar with BBQ and beer, to the best places to rock that Derby hat you’ve been stowing away all winter long – it’s all here.  

You know what they say – first comes the venue, then comes the outfit. Stay tuned for our Derby fashion post featuring some of this seasons hottest pieces from Cache’, and tune into FOX GoodDay Chicago on Monday morning, April 28th at 9:15am for our Derby Fashion segment. 

Enjoy!

 

ARLINGTON PARK 

Arlington Park

Arlington Park

Where: 200 W. Euclid Avenue, Arlington Heights, IL  60005

Fee: $12 General Admission

The scoop: Kick off the live racing season at the premier Derby venue – Arlington Race Track! Arlington is the only place in town where you can experience live racing on Derby Day. Conveniently located right off I-90 and easily accessible by Metra (stop: Arlington Park – Union Pacific NW Line) this is the place to go for the closest experience to the actual Churchill Downs. Throughout the season, you’ll see it all here, but come Derby Day, the dresses, hats and seersuckers are in full force.  

Place your bets on the “Run for the Roses” and watch the race on Arlington’s Jumbotron during the Derby broadcast. Purchase the Derby Party Zone ticket package and get the authentic Churchill Downs experience, including a Derby hat contest and an official Derby Julep Glass, as well as a food and drink package – priorities. 

Also be sure to check out America’s Best Racing, your one-stop shop for the latest news, trends and fashion for the great sport of horse racing, because as every smart gal knows, the Derby is just the beginning of the official racing season. 

 

DERBY DAY STREET FESTIVAL AT JOE’S ON WEED STREET

Joe's on Weed Street Derby Party

Joe’s on Weed Street Derby Party

Where: 940 W. Weed Street, Chicago, IL 60622

Fee:  Free admission

The scoop: Consider this the first festival of the season! Put on your Derby Saturday best and take your chances against the unpredictable Chicago spring, all with a country twist. The only place within Chicago city limits where you can wager on the race, Joe’s packs them in on Derby Day, and for good reason. Enjoy libations, food tents, and live music from Smoke ‘n Guns all afternoon long.

 

DERBY BAR & GRILL 

Derby

Derby

Where: 1224 W. Webster Avenue, Chicago, IL 60614

Fee: $50 all-inclusive

The scoop:  Enjoy the Derby like a true southerner with Woodford Reserve Mint Juleps, Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale and Kentucky Hot Browns – a classic southern comfort food only offered on Derby Saturday.  If Mother Nature plays along nicely next Saturday, you can enjoy your cocktail on their spacious patio. Post Derby head next door to Sweet Mandy B’s to top off your evening with one of the city’s best cupcakes. #winning

 

GALE SAYERS’ FOUNDATION AT JOHN BARLEYCORN IN RIVER NORTH 

John Barleycorn River North

John Barleycorn River North

 

Where: 149 W. Kinzie St., Chicago, IL 60611

Fee: Advance ticket: $50  At the door: $75

The scoop: Celebrate the Derby and give back to the community by heading to the Barleycorn’s in River North for one of Chicago’s most entertaining fundraisers. Hang with former Bears legend Gale Sayers and other current and former athletes while enjoying the two most exciting minutes in sports. Tickets include complimentary buffet, drink specials, silent auction and guaranteed mingling with a football-centric crowd. Proceeds benefit the Gale Sayer’s Foundation that supports initiatives for underserved Chicago schools.


THE SOUTHERN

The Southern

The Southern 

Where: 1840 W. North Avenue, Chicago, IL 60622

Fee: $16

The scoop: Head to this Bucktown hot spot for one of their busiest and best days of the year. With a name like “the Southern” you know this indoor/outdoor gorgeous bar is going to be hopping. Enjoy specials like their Hot Brown Sandwich, Woodford Reserve Mint Juleps, $3 Tecate bottles and $3 shots of Heaven Hill Deluxe Bourbon. Enter to win prizes including gift certificates, a commemorative bottle of Woodford Reserve and more. Get there early, seating is first come, first served. 

BUB CITY

Bub City

Bub City

Where: 435 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60654

Fee: No fee!

The scoop: Not feeling the Derby dress and hat this year? Well, you won’t be judged at Bub City if you roll in with a flannel and some daisy dukes. Jam out out to your country favs, eat some BBQ, and drink beer from a can while hollering at the TV during the race – sounds like a good time to me! Be one of the first 100 to arrive, and get a souvenir julep cup! Hell ya, y’all!


AMERICAN JUNKIE

American Junkie Chicago

American Junkie Chicago

Where:  15 W. Illinois Street, Chicago, IL 60654 

Fee: No fee, but I’d make a reservation! They are making mint juleps for $8 and selling a commemorative cup for $50
The scoop: Enjoy the Derby from Chicago’s #1 rooftop! Make sure to get there early and head upstairs to catch the race on one of the largest screens in the city. Pray for great weather and enjoy the extractable roof and the great people-watching that this River North mega-bar guarantees. 

 

 

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