Kentucky Derby

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 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. 

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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

Kentucky Derby

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. 




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. 



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.





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



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 

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

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 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. 




Once a year we are blessed with the unbeatable combination of fashion and sports. It’s the one day of the year when everyone is a horse lover. The Kentucky Derby in Chicago signals spring and the opportunity to get donned up while day drinking around a normally irrelevant sport on a Saturday afternoon.

Those lucky enough to attend the Kentucky Derby know that the perfect spring dress and derby hat is critical, discount that is after you secure the pricey and coveted Derby tix. But if the weekend in Louisville isn’t on the agenda, rx you probably know by now that you certainly don’t have to miss out on Derby fun.

The actual Derby race officially begins at 5:25PM on Saturday but bars around Chicago will be honoring the event all day long. Most bars have excellent drink specials and they strongly recommend derby-day attire.

We’ve done our research and picked out some of the best bars with great specials for the Derby day. So dig out that Derby hat from college, no rx call the crew and pick your destination. Horse gambling is difficult enough, your decision on your Derby destination shouldn’t have to be.

John Barleycorn River North – 149 W. Kinzie

Barleycorn will be hosting their annual Kentucky Derby party all day long on Saturday. Pre-race events and specials begin at 10:00AM There will be a $30 all you can eat buffet including Louisiana crawfish, fried chicken and gumbo. All-day drink deals include $6 Mint Juleps, $6 Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale drafts and $6 JBC Punch cocktails. Barleycorn will also be giving away three $100 gift cards for the best derby-dressed guests. Reservations are recommended but not required. You can make your reservations at 773-348-8899.

Benchmark – 1510 N. Wells

Benchmark will also have a daylong event on Saturday. Drink specials include Mimosa and Sparkling bottle service, $4 Corona, $6 Maker’s Mark Mint Julep and Strawberry Smash Cocktails. Benchmark also believes in Derby-day attire. They will be giving away $500 for the best derby dressed guests.

But if sitting in a bar all day isn’t for you; Benchmark will also be a part of the Cinco De Derby Pub Crawl on Saturday. The crawl includes four bars; Kirkwood, Schoolyard, Crossing and Benchmark from 1:00-5:00PM. Drink specials include $2 Corona, $3 Avion Tequila shots and $4 Margaritas. Tickets are $10 and must be purchased in advance for the event. This cost includes food buffets at each bar, bus rides and a t-shirt. That’s a steal. You can purchase your tickets at

The Pony – 1638 W. Belmont

The Pony will host their 5th annual Kentucky Derby Party, which benefits the Equestrian Connection. The specials include $7 Maker’s Mark Mint Juleps and $10 hot brown sandwiches. The Pony also rewards their best-dressed guests with $100 prizes and they will also have raffles and giveaways. Make sure you make your reservations at 773-225-6856.

South Branch – 100 S. Wacker Dr.

South Branch will have their 3rd Annual Kentucky Derby charity event on the Chicago River. Tickets for the event cost $20 and include a donation to Rainbows charity, southern style buffet and $6 Bulleit drink specials. The event is from 2:00-6:00PM. Prizes will be awarded for best-dressed and best hat. The event has limited capacity so guests must buy their tickets online before the event at

American Junkie– 15 W. Illinois

One of SDI’s recently spotlighted bars, American Junkie, is hosting their first Kentucky Derby event. It will start at 3:00PM and a portion of the proceeds will benefit PAWS Chicago. Drink specials include $8 Mint Julep cocktails and $50 Souvenir Cup Cocktails. The event will have live music from the band Natural Born Killers. It is required to RSVP for the event at

Public House – 400 N. State 400 N. State

Public House will host their Kentucky Derby viewing party starting at 4:00PM and ending at bar close. Specials include $6 Mint Julep’s and $10 bourbon flights. Proper derby attire for Public House includes ties for men and hats for women. RSVP’s are not necessary for the event.


With the Kentucky Derby about one week away, cure it’s time to start making plans on where you’ll be watching the big race. Finding a place to watch the race in Chicago is the easy part; it’s now crunch time to find the perfect spring dress and derby hat to wear!

The Derby is all about tradition, cialis so lets channel our inner southern belle and toast with some mint juleps! When selecting the perfect Derby outfit, everything starts with the hat! This is the year of DIY, so take your DIY creativity to a whole new level and create your own hat this season to compliment your dress. Start with this straw hat from Jcrew and decorate it with flowersand accents from Michaels crafts.

Now on to the goods….

Looking for something sweet, demure and Derby classic? This Taylor dress, with it’s simple shape and pleated skirt, make it the perfect Derby Day dress. Pair it with a bold turquoise necklace, like this one from Jcrew, and a neutral belt to cinch the waist! Perfection!

If your style is more bold and daring, then I would suggest this “awning” dress by Zara.The hot pink lace and double layered skirt, make it a head turner. Pair it with this Jcrew Cactus Flower necklace and be envied!

Now I always like to anticipate for the bipolar weather in Chicago, therefore a maxi dress is a girls best friend! This beautiful silk crepe dress by Presley Skye is a bold twist on the traditional Derby shift dress. The bright colors and braided detailing give this comfy dress a fun twist! This is definitely a Derby head turner and will match your mint julep in a mason jar perfectly!

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