Food & Drink in Carpentersville

$22 for $40 Worth of Italian Cuisine at Mandile's Italian Ristorante

Mandile's Italian Ristorante

Algonquin

Homemade pastas made daily, with gluten-free and whole-wheat options available; brick-oven pizzas paired with wine from Italy and California

$40 $22

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$10 for One Dozen Cake Pops at Sugar Hills Bakery ($19.08 Value)

Sugar Hills Bakery

Multiple Locations

Easy-to-eat cake pops come in vanilla, chocolate, or red velvet with white- or dark-chocolate frosting

$19.08 $10

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Mexican Dinner Cuisine for Two or Four at Sammy's Mexican Grill & Bar (Up to 47% Off). Three Options Available.

Sammy's Mexican Grill & Bar

Sunset Park

Mexican specialties—such as mole poblano or cheesy chilies rellenos filled with ground beef—served in Sammy’s colorful dining room

$30 $16

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Up to 50% Off Mexican Cuisine — Chorizo Grill

Chorizo Grill

Grant Park

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$20 $10

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Two or Four Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Chicago-Style Grill Fare at Beef Villa (Up to 50% Off)

Beef Villa

Multiple Locations

Classic "hot and fast" fare such as Italian beef sandwiches, broasted chicken, and Italian sausage

$10 $5.50

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$12 for $20 Worth of Italian and American Cuisine at Romanesco’s

Romanesco’s

Cary

Eatery dishes out cheesy beef pizza, baked manicotti, meatball sandwiches, baby back ribs, popcorn shrimp, BLTs, and Chicago-style hot dogs

$20 $12

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$13 for Five Groupons, Each Good for $5 Worth of Coffee and Menu Items at Calibre Coffee ($25 Value)

Calibre Coffee

South Barrington

Intelligentsia and Metropolis coffee drinks pair with menu items such as breakfast sandwiches, muffins, and desserts

$5 $2.60

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Sushi and Stir-Fry at Wok ’n Fire (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

Wok 'n Fire

Multiple Locations

Japanese, Thai, and Chinese specialties include grilled mango mahi-mahi, teriyaki chicken, and spicy Hong Kong scallops

$30 $15

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$25 for $40 Towards a French Dinner for Two or More at L'Eiffel Bistrot & Creperie

L'Eiffel Bistrot & Creperie

South Barrington

Elegant bistro serves authentic French cuisine such as homemade pâté, duck with orange sauce, and savory crepes

$40 $25

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Sushi and Japanese Cuisine for Two or Four at Sakuma Japanese Restaurant (50% Off)

Sakuma Japanese Restaurant

Streamwood

Bite into pieces of deep-fried tofu in seasoned soy sauce before digging in to inventive and beautifully presented sushi rolls

$30 $15

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Barbecue for Two at Crystal Lake Rib House (Up to 45% Off)

Crystal Lake Ribhouse

Crystal Lake Rib House

Baby back ribs, chargrilled burgers, and chili served at restaurant praised by the Chicago Sun-Times

$20 $11

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$12 for $20 Worth of Chinese Food at The Golden Bowl

Golden Bowl

Bartlett

Chinese dishes for takeout and delivery, from staples such as spring rolls to original creations like breaded chicken with apricot sauce

$20 $12

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$9 for $15 Worth of Grass-Fed Beef Burgers Served by Train at Veteran-Owned 2Toots Train Whistle Grill

2Toots Train Whistle Grill

Multiple Locations

Nitrate-, preservative-, and hormone-free 100% grass-fed beef hot dogs, burgers & chili delivered on toy train tracks at veteran-owned diner

$15 $9

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Japanese Steakhouse Cuisine for Dinner at Toyko Steak House II (Up to 47% Off). Two Options Available.

Toyko Steak House II

Bartlett

Chefs flame-kiss meats, seafood, and veggies on the hibachi grill or fold fresh seafood into sushi rolls

$30 $17

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$11 for $20 Worth of Pizza and Pasta for Dine-In or Takeout at Sir Nick's Pizza

Sir Nick's Pizza

Bartlett

Order specialty pizzas topped with sausage, onion, and bacon on a barbecue sauce base or family-size portions of ravioli for pick-up service

$20 $11

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$13.25 for $25 Worth of Pub Food and Drinks at Parkside Pub

Parkside Pub

Huntley

Housemade burgers, chicken sandwiches, and deli treats washed down with frosty brews in cozy bar or tree-lined garden

$25 $13.25

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Dinner for Two or More at Kobe Japanese Steakhouse & Seafood Sushi Bar (Up to 50% Off)

Kobe Japanese Steakhouse & Seafood Sushi Bar

Lake Zurich

Chefs cook entrees such as steak, veggies, and teriyaki chicken at tableside grills

$30 $15

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Burger Meal for Two with Appetizers or $10 for $20 Worth of American Food at Scoreboard

Scoreboard

Lake Zurich

Nachos piled with beans, melted cheese, and homemade chili precede half-pound burgers, seven kinds of sandwiches, and thin-crust pizzas

$20 $10

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Juice and Smoothies at Dulce Vida Juice Bar (Up to 47% Off). Two Options Available.

Dulce Vida Juice Bar

Hanover Park

Juices and smoothies made fresh with apples, strawberries, orange juice, vanilla yogurt, and other healthy ingredients

$10 $6

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Indian Food at India House (Up to 48% Off). Two Options Available.

India House

Hoffman Estates

Award-winning Indian restaurant crafts Bombay- and Delhi-inspired cuisine, including lamb baked in a tandoor oven and chicken vindaloo curry

$40 $22

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Pizza Meal for 2 or 4 or $25 Worth of Carryout at Jerseys Pizza & Grill in Hoffman Estates (Up to 56% Off)

Jerseys Pizza and Grill

Hoffman Estates

Ovens melt cheese on specialty pizzas as diners gaze at 6’x10’ screens and 35 high-def TVs in a sports-focused restaurant

$33.79 $15

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Dim Sum and Chinese at Jockey Wok 'N' Rolls (Up to 50% Off). Four Options Available.

Jockey Wok 'N' Rolls

Hoffman Estates

Nab bites off the house-specialty dim sum cart or dig into traditional Chinese dishes for weekday lunches, takeout, or dinner for two

$10 $5

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Thai Cuisine for Dine-In or Takeout at Jaded Thai (Up to 47% Off)

Jaded Thai

Hoffman Estates

Savory and spicy curries; chicken in housemade peanut sauce; spicy basil fried rice

$20 $12

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Specialty Drinks and Artisan Foods at Argo Tea (Up to 40% Off). Two Options Available.

Argo Tea Café

Multiple Locations

Sip specialty tea drinks such as Teappucino and Carolina Honey while snacking on brie-and-cherry paninis and cranberry cinnamon muffin

$25 $15

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American Food with Caribbean Flare at Pilot Pete's Restaurant & Bar (Up to 46% Off). Three Options Available.

Pilot Pete's Restaurant & Bar

Schaumburg

Watch planes land at Schaumburg Regional Airport while digging into lobster nachos or their famous chicken fingers with top secret sauce

$30 $17

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$12 for $20 Worth of Casual American Dinner for Two or More at Big Chef Burgers

Big Chef Burgers

Schaumburg

A crowd-pleasing menu featuring brick-oven pizzas topped with pancetta or brie and gourmet burgers made with hormone-free Angus beef

$20 $12

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$12 for $20 Worth of Italian Food and Drinks at Rosati's Pizza

Rosati's Pizza

Schaumburg

Thin crust, double dough, and Chicago-style pizza pies topped with pepperoni, peppers, mushrooms, grilled chicken, or Italian beef

$20 $12

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$16 for $30 Worth of German Cuisine at Bavaria Hof Restaurant

Bavaria Hof Restaurant

Schaumburg

Hearty servings of authentic German food such as home cooked sauerbraten, spaetzle, strudel and more; full German gluten free menu available

$30 $16

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American Food and Drinks at Docks Bar & Grill

Docks Bar & Grill

Wauconda

Laid-back bar and grill with sweeping lake views serves an extensive menu of classic American fare

$30 $15

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Mexican Cuisine for Two or Four at Los Arcos Mexican Grill (Up to 45% Off)

Los Arcos Mexican Grill

Palatine

Traditional assortment of tacos, burritos, tortas, fajitas, tostadas, chimichangas, and more

$20 $12

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$21 for $40 Worth of Sushi and Japanese Cuisine at Sushi-Ai

Sushi-Ai

Palatine

Wide selection of fresh maki, specialty combinations, and Japanese entrées such as seared tuna or spicy tofu steak

$40 $21

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Wine Tasting for Two or Four with Take-Home Bottles of Wine at d’Vine Wine and Gifts (Up to 53% Off)

d’Vine Wine and Gifts

Palatine

Sample some of the boutique wine shop’s more than 100 different wines, many of which come from small wineries from around the world

$36.99 $18

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$15 for $30 Worth of Indian and Pakistani Cuisine at Lal Qila

Lal Qila

Palatine

Tandoori-roasted lamb tikka masala, goat curries, and basmati pilafs are served alongside fluffy, fresh-baked garlic and onion naan

$30 $15

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Take-Out Pizza from Donati's Pizza of Rolling Meadows (Up to 43% Off). Two Options Available.

Donati's Pizza of Rolling Meadows

Rolling Meadows

Signature thin or thick dough transforms into bacon-strewn Southside pie or supports custom arrangement of 20+ toppings

$20 $12

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$25 for Two Regular Sushi Rolls and Two Specialty Rolls for Takeout at Asian Tokyo (Up to $40.40 Value)

Asian Tokyo

Rolling Meadows

Six-piece Regular Rolls such as Salmon Avocado and Philly Rolls and eight-piece House Speciaties such as Spider and Godzilla Rolls

$40.40 $25

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Appetizers for 2, 4, 8, or 10 People at Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery (Up to 50% Off)

Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery

Roselle

Waitresses clad in mini kilts ferry burgers, Dublin-inspired stew & ice-cold Guinness to tables with views of HD sports games

$20 $11

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Breakfast and Lunch Cuisine for Dine-In or Carry-Out at Off the Wall Café (45% Off). Three Options Available.

Off The Wall Cafe

Malta

Diners enjoy breakfast and lunch classics in a vibrant, colorful space or for carry-out service

$20 $11

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American Cuisine or Banquet-Room Rental at Abraham's Bar & Grille (Up to 86% Off). Three Options Available.

Abraham's Bar & Grille

Rochelle

Guests clamor over bar games, burgers, and brews at full-service restaurant, bar, and banquet hall facility.

$30 $15

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Healthy Meal for Two or Four with Sides, Appetizers, and Entrees at Muscle Maker Grill (Up to 48% Off )

Muscle Maker Grill

St. Charles

Healthy comfort food made from fresh ingredients including light sandwich wraps, Angus steak, and gluten-free salad dressing

$20.97 $12

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$12 for 2 Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Frozen Yogurt at TCBY - St. Charles ($20 Total Value)

TCBY

St. Charles

Fro-yo flavors such as white chocolate mousse, greek, and strawberry pair with toppings such as Heath pieces, mixed nuts, and blueberries

$10 $6

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Pub Food and Drinks for Two at Old Towne Pub and Eatery (Up to 50% Off)

Old Towne Pub and Eatery

St. Charles

Selection of burgers, sandwiches, and dinner plates, including barbecue ribs and butterfly shrimp; sports-pub setting

$20 $11

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$6 for $10 Worth of Frozen Yogurt at Forever Yogurt

Forever Yogurt

Multiple Locations

Fill a cup with any combination of a rotating selection of more than 50 low-fat and nonfat fro-yo flavors and dozens of toppings

$10 $6

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Prime Steaks and Seafood for Dinner or Lounge Fare at ROX City Grill (50% Off)

ROX City Grill

St. Charles

Cooks decorate plates with 20 oz. Angus steaks, Chicago cobb salads, and hummus

$50 $25

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$11 for $20 Worth of Small Plates at Macarena Tapas

Macarena Tapas

St. Charles

Traditional hot and cold tapas such as marinated olives, Spanish potato and onion omelets, garlic shrimp, and beef-tenderloin skewers

$20 $11

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$22 for $40 Worth of Sushi and Japanese Dinner Cuisine for Two or More at House of Tokyo

House of Tokyo

St. Charles

Chefs sear steak and seafood at tabletop grills while sushi floats around the bar on little wooden boats

$40 $22

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Japanese Dinner for Two or Take-out at Sushi Bar (Up to 45% Off)

Sushi Bar

Bloomingdale

Rolls filled with creamy avocado and salmon, teriyaki combos with deep-fried pork, and plates of ginger-sauteed squid

$20 $11

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$20 for $40 Worth of Sushi at Wildfish

Wildfish

Arlington Heights

Tropical-hued eatery named one of the top 10 sushi restaurants in Chicago by Gayot; rolls with maki, black rice, and soft-shell crab

$40 $20

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$18 for a 16" Pizza with an Appetizer and Two Beers or Sodas at Lou's Pizza Factory ($32.45 Value)

Lou's Pizza Factory

Arlington Heights

Pizza topped with the topping of your choice such as green pepper or sausage; mozzarella sticks, breaded eggplant, and onion ring appetizers

$32.45 $18

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$8 for $14 Worth of Pancakes and Diner Food at IHOP

IHOP

Multiple Locations

The national brand delivers pancakes, eggs, and bacon in varying combinations alongside burgers, sandwiches, and other diner food

$14 $8

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$25 for $40 Worth of Sushi and Japanese Cuisine at Naomi Sushi

Naomi Sushi

Prospect Heights

Sushi chef uses fresh ingredients to create Godzilla, Wild dragon, Volcano, and more specialty rolls.

$40 $25

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Pub Food and Drinks for Lunch, Dinner, or Takeout at House of Music Entertainment (Up to 50% Off)

House of Music Entertainment

Prospect Heights

Guests tuck into inventive pub food such as cordon bleu chimichangas at a sports bar with self-pour table taps, 40 draft beers, and 80 TVs

$20 $10

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$16 for $25 Worth of Pizza, Homemade Lasagna, and Sides at Wayne's Pizza

Wayne's Pizza

Arlington Heights

Since 1964, Wayne's has used secret family recipes and fresh ingredients to craft high-quality pizzas, pasta, and classic Italian dishes

$25 $16

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Italian Food and Pizza for Dinner at Marzano's Wood Fired Italian (Up to 48% Off). Three Options Available.

Marzano's Wood Fired Italian

McHenry

Wood-fired oven cooks certified-authentic neapolitan pizzas; other dishes include baked ziti, gnocchi with vodka sauce, and seared scallops

$35 $19

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Thai and Pan-Asian Dinner for Two, Four, or Take-Out at Oishii Thai (Up to 40% Off)

Oishii Thai

Buffalo Grove

Eatery uses only fresh herbs, such as cilantro, lemon grass, and Thai basil for classic curries and sushi rolls that pack a punch

$20 $15

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Indian Lunch at India House (70% Off).

India House

Buffalo Grove

Vegetable samosas, shrimp madras, bombay lamb chops, chicken tikka masala, and spinach sauce with homemade paneer

$20 $6

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Mediterranean Cuisine or Take-Out at Bait Cafe (Up to 50% Off). Three Options Available.

Bait Cafe

Buffalo Grove

Chefs prepare fresh hummus in house, marinate and grill New Zealand baby lamb chops, and brew Turkish coffee

$20 $11

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Italian Dinner for Two or More at RoccoVino's Carol Stream (Up to 47% Off). Two Options Available.

RoccoVino's

Carol Stream

Italian cuisine such as rigatoni vodka, stuffed eggplant, seafood risotto, and signature pizzas

$30 $15

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Sicilian Food at Corleone Sicilian Restaurant (50% Off). Two Options Available.

Corleone Sicilian Restaurant

Linn

Mussels steamed in a white-wine and lemon sauce, fresh fettuccine tossed in a creamy garlic sauce with broccoli, and classic veal piccata

$30 $15

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Ice Cream for Two or Four at Cold Stone Creamery (Up to 58% Off)

Cold Stone Creamery

Multiple Locations

Mix-ins blend with fresh-churned ice cream to create unique flavor combinations

$16.92 $8

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$10 for One Pound of Fresh Fudge at Kilwins Chocolate & Ice Cream ($17.95 Value)

Kilwins Chocolates & Ice Cream

Geneva

The specialty candy and ice-cream shop induces cravings with housemade confections, including truffles and saltwater-taffy chews

$17.95 $10

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$21 for Two Medium One-Topping Pizzas, Breadsticks, and Soda at Firehouse Pizza & Grill ($36.46 Value)

Firehouse Pizza & Grill

Geneva

Meat and veggie toppings bedeck pizzas that pair with breadsticks and soda

$36.46 $21

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Mexican Food and Drinks at Sergio's Cantina (Up to 60% Off). Two Options Available.

Sergio's Cantina

Geneva

Mexican eatery with tropical decor houses made-from-scratch family recipes and margaritas made with hand-squeezed limes

$35 $14

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Dine-In or Takeout Breakfast or Lunch at Olde North Pancake House (Up to 50% Off). Three Options Available.

Olde North Pancake House

Olde North Pancake House

Cozy, family-friendly restaurant serves up 13 varieties of pancakes, along with waffles, sandwiches, and comfort-food entrees

$15 $7.50

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Mediterranean Food at Restaurant Ararat (45% Off). Two Options Available.

Restaurant Ararat

Mundelein

Diners can dig into more than 70 dishes with roots in Armenia, Georgia, and Russia, including a wide variety of shish kebabs

$20 $11

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Belgian-Chocolate Fondue Treats at Melt n Dip (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

Melt n Dip

Vernon Hills

Dark, white, and milk Belgian chocolate cover fruit and crepes at fondue shop

$10 $5

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$32 for $60 Worth of Generations-Old Italian Cuisine at Philly G’s

Philly G's

Vernon Hills

Owner draws on recipes from his grandmother and great-grandmother to build a menu of refined Italian cuisine

$60 $34.10

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$12 for $20 Worth of Calzones and Macaroni at Calzone & Macaroni Co.

Calzone & Macaroni Co.

Vernon Hills

Design your own calzone or macaroni dish or pick a signature option such as lobster mac; gluten-free options available

$20 $12

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Sushi-Making Class for Two or Four with Dinner and Sake, or Japanese Food at Tensuke Market (Up to 52% Off)

Tensuke Market

Elk Grove Village

Learn to make sushi from a master with more than 20 years of experience before sitting down with a bottle of sake and eating your creations

$120 $59

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Burgers with Craft-Beer or Martini Flights for Two or Four at Emerson's Ale House (Up to 50% Off)

Emerson's Ale House

Mount Prospect

Craft beers or flights of martinis are paired with half-pound burgers on pretzel buns

$43.80 $22

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$11 for $20 Worth of Pizza, Burgers, and Sandwiches at CravePizza

CravePizza

Mount Prospect

Wings dressed in five types of sauce ready appetites for thin-, pan-, or stuffed-crust pizzas, chicken caesar salad & bacon-topped burgers

$20 $11

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Hot Dogs, Burgers, and American Food at Photo's Hotdogs in Mount Prospect (50% Off). Two Options Available.

Photo’s Hotdogs Mt. Prospect

Mount Prospect

Coney island hot dogs, italian-sausage sandwiches, steak quesadillas, and other American eats, as well as shakes and a vegetarian selection

$10 $5

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Pizza and Italian Food at Wa-Pa-Ghetti’s Pizza (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

Wa-Pa-Ghetti's Pizza

Wheeling

Diverse menu with handcrafted pizzas, classic American dishes, and items inspired by Italian and Mexican cuisines

$10 $5

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Mexican Dinner Cuisine for Two or Four at El Alamo Mexican Grill (Up to 45% Off). Three Options Available.

El Alamo Mexican Grill

Wheeling

Pineapple filled with fajita-style shrimp and octopus, whole chickens grilled with onions and peppers, and beef loin in ranchero sauce

$20 $12

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Tea Health Class and Tasting for One or Four Plus Tea to Take Home at Prima Tea (Up to 76% Off)

Prima Tea

Wheeling

Loose-leaf experts offer lessons and patrons taste samples of gourmet teas from around the world

$57 $21

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$20 for $40 Worth of Steak and Seafood at Ki's Steak and Seafood

Ki's Steak and Seafood

Glendale Heights

Chefs prepare sirloin doused in bernaise sauce or bacon-wrapped scallops in a restaurant overlooking a rustic farm and fields

$40 $20

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$22 for $40 Worth of Hibachi Food and Sushi at Domo 77 and Japan 77

Domo 77 and Japan 77

Multiple Locations

Seasoned chefs sear steak, chicken, and seafood on a hibachi-style grill, served alongside classic and specialty sushi rolls

$40 $22

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Japanese Steak-House Cuisine for Two or Four at Kabuki Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi (47% Off)

Kabuki Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi

Glendale Heights

Hibachi entrees such as filet mignon, lobster, sesame scallops, and vegetable fried rice

$30 $16

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$9 for Three Groupons, Each Good for One Smoothie at FITfresh Cafe & Juicebar ($15.60 Value)

FITfresh Cafe & Juicebar

Glendale Heights

Build your own smoothie from fresh ingredients such as almond milk, whey protein, bananas, and strawberries for a healthy boost of energy

$5.20 $3

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Sushi and Japanese Hibachi Steaks at Yue-Sun Restaurant (Up to 50% Off). Three Options Available.

Yue-Sun Restaurant

Wood Dale

Hibachi chefs put on a show with Japanese steaks and seafood while ready-made sushi rolls by on a conveyer belt

$30 $15

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Village Vintner Winery & Brewery poses a gastronomic triple threat, operating as not just a restaurant and winery, but also a fully functioning brewery. A battalion of stainless-steel machinery ferments the hand-selected wheat and barley that make up the vanilla-cream ale, the German-style hefeweizen, and the Vintner Hop Rocket, an 8.2% ABV varietal culminating from six types of hops and mad, mad science. At the tasting bar, guests can sample these brewery end products, along with Village Vintner’s expansive selection of homemade red, white, and fruit wines. The main restaurant area houses a wood-fired pizza oven, which bakes the pesto pizzas and smoldering baby back ribs that complement potables.

A spirit of good-natured fun permeates the copper-hued premises, as evidenced by a free monthly wine and mug club. Live music is a common occurrence on Friday nights, and Wednesdays star Chef Rob’s pork special.

2273 Randall Road
Carpentersville,
IL
US

Dylan's Pub welcomes in familiar neighborhood regulars as well as new friends with frosty brews, entertaining bar games, and tantalizing feasts of sandwiches, wraps, and pizzas. Guests tuck in to lunches and dinners of sauce-slathered wings and barbecue pork sandwiches, or greet the day with weekend breakfasts of omelets, french toast, and biscuits. Nightfall finds crowds of revelers sipping skinny cocktails or cold beers as they challenge each other to bouts of NTN trivia, golf, bowling, darts, pool, and chariot racing. Live entertainment in the form of DJs, dueling pianos, and bandaroke entertain the masses, and upstairs, a private-party room provisions up to 100 guests with big-screen TVs, a jukebox, and piped-in DJ music.

101 W Main St
West Dundee,
IL
US

3 Vines coats thirsty throats with a selection of seasonal wines and fresh, all-natural cuisine. Start by sipping on or dousing eyebrow fires with any of more than 40 by-the-glass-or-flight and more than 100 by-the-bottle wines, including the Maryhill chardonnay (flight $4, glass $8, bottle $30), the Michel Lynch merlot (flight $3, glass $7, bottle $28), or the sparkling Flor prosecco (flight $5, glass $11, bottle $36). Conversational nibblers can nosh their choice of delicious small plates such as the cheese-and-meat slate ($16), an all-star cast of artisan cheeses and meats, or the lamb lollichops ($12), designed for prime plunging into cumberland sauce and placating wolves after doctor visits. An array of soups ($4+) and salads ($8+) complements entrees such as the beef, seafood, and poultry du jour (market price), and a multitude of martinis and cocktails help patrons unwind after a day of playing hopscotch on a highway.

1025 W Main St
Sleepy Hollow,
IL
US

With more than 700 locations, Jamba Juice proves to the masses that nutrition can be speedy and delicious. Since the beginning, the company?s product philosophy has revolved around choosing whole fruits and other natural ingredients over artificial flavorings, sweeteners, and preservatives. The menu is completely free of high-fructose corn syrup and trans fats, and it offers additional accommodations for vegan and gluten-free diets.

This naturalistic approach is fully realized in Jamba Juice's selection of smoothies. Made with 100% fruit juice, sherbet, and frozen yogurt, the frosty delights range from all-fruit smoothies such as peach perfection and strawberry whirl to more indulgent creamy treats, including peanut butter moo'd, an enticing blend of peanut butter, bananas, nonfat vanilla frozen yogurt, and milk chocolate.

For those with heartier appetites, steel-cut oats steep in soymilk before being enhanced with toppings such as apples, cinnamon, and brown-sugar crumble. The lunch hour presents protein-packed mini wraps, toasted bistro sandwiches and artesian flatbreads that pack only about 320?420 calories each.

27 South Western Avenue
Carpentersville,
IL
US

Van's Frozen Custard

Chad Van Acker doesn’t believe in cutting corners. Every day at Van's Frozen Custard–-which Chad owns with his parents, his wife, and his sister––fresh batches of frozen custard are whipped up using real ingredients such as fresh cream, whole milk, and eggs. Bottled, artificial flavorings never factor into the mix either: instead, the family relies on mix-ins such as real strawberries, bananas, and brownies baked fresh by Chad's mom to flavor its frosty concoctions. The family-run operation continues that from-fresh process throughout the day, never once slipping its products into a deep freezer or under the cap of local snowmen to keep them cold. That dedication to freshness is paired with a special mixing process that pumps less air into the product and gives the custard its uniquely creamy texture. Scoops are piled upon cones and cups, or blended into thick shakes, malts, or topping-laden concretes, which are named for both their extra-thick texture and the number of celebrities aching to stick their hands into them. Beyond frozen custard, the shop also serves dairy- and fat-free sorbets infused with fresh-fruit purees and juices, as well as a selection of savory sandwiches stacked high with freshly sliced meats and produce.

300 West Main Street
Carpentersville,
IL
US

In 1988, Auntie Anne's founders Anne and Jonas Beiler purchased a Pennsylvania farmers'-market stand, where they experimented with dough until they created a pretzel that seemed to strike the perfect chord with their customers. Today, at their more than 1,350 locations worldwide, the pretzel makers still hand roll the original recipe but have added to the menu with inventive options such as the eight signature dipping sauces. The team constantly explores new uses for the pretzel dough, such as wrapping it around hot dogs and slicing it into bite-size nuggets. To transform the snack into a meal, they accompany it with specialty drinks, including frozen-lemonade desserts.

When not twisting dough, Auntie Anne's team partners with the national charitable organization Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, which raises funds to fight childhood cancer. Auntie Anne's also reaches out to the community through fundraising opportunities.

1098 Spring Hill Mall
West Dundee,
IL
US