Do the Derby in Chicago
How to celebrate in style
You’re 300 miles from Churchill Downs and you never really got the hang of “betting the trifecta.” But that won’t stop you from picking a horse and wearing a hat and eating Kentucky-approved food this Saturday. Here’s how to do the Derby right.
Never Wear a Beach Hat
That floppy straw number you wore on a cruise last winter? Not for Derby day. If you wanna win a hat contest, you need structure and embellishment, not a brim that blocks the view. Opt for a fascinator--a mini hat with lots of drama--or something like this chic ?20s-inspired hat picked by stylist Suze Solari from HooDoo Headwear. 111 N. Marion St., Oak Park
Or Go to This Derby Party
Millionaire’s Row at Churchill Downs is where all the VIPs sit--and the Millionaire’s Row party at Chicago Q is where you’ll get a real Southern buffet, the race on a huge projector screen and five cocktail tickets for $60 (the event benefits Ronald McDonald House). We’ve lost more than that before on a single trip to the betting window. 1160 N. Dearborn St.
Set Yourself Up for a Thrill
Sometime this week, stop by Trackside--an OTB operation inside the Lincoln Park bar Joe’s on Weed--and place a real Kentucky Derby bet that’ll get your heart pumping when you watch those horses come down the final stretch. (“Come on, Frosted! Go, go, GO!”) Clueless about the field? Pick a long shot or bet on your favorite colors--winning will be that much more fun. 940 W. Weed St.