Food & Drink in Carpentersville

$16 for $30 Worth of Italian Food and Drinks at Cucina Bella in Algonquin

Cucina Bella

Algonquin

2010 Best of the Fox winner layers homemade lasagna, drizzles beef medallions in gorgonzola cream & stirs handcrafted sauces in open kitchen

$30 $16

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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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$15 for $30 Worth of Vitamins and Supplements at FitRx

FitRx

Multiple Locations

Complement your workout with OxyELITE Pro supplements, ADAM multi-vitamins, M-Stak muscle builders, or other nutritional enhancers

$30 $15

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$18 for Three Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Food at City Life Bakery ($30 Total Value)

City Life Bakery

Century Oaks

Bakery serves cakes in a variety of designs next to cupcakes, pastries, gourmet deli sandwiches, coffee and teas

$10 $6

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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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Mexican Food on Sunday–Thursday or Anytime at Mago Grill & Cantina (Up to 40% Off). Three Locations Available.

Mago Grill & Cantina

Multiple Locations

Lauded Chicago chef crafts Mexican & Latin dishes such as ceviches, empanadas & moles paired with margaritas, mojitos, & sangrias

$50 $35

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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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Premium Meats and Deli Sides, Ham Dinner, or Catering at HoneyBaked Ham of Crystal Lake (Up to 53% Off)

HoneyBaked Ham of Crystal Lake

Crystal Lake

Cured hams hardwood-smoked for 24+ hours, available on sandwiches with other meats or as part of a dinner with two Heat & Serve sides

$30 $15

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Barbecue for Two at Crystal Lake Rib House (Up to 50% Off)

Crystal Lake Ribhouse

Crystal Lake Rib House

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

$30 $15

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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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$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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$7 for $14 Worth of Frozen Yogurt and Café Drinks at Ooz Fruz

Ooz Fruz

Gilberts

Self-serve frozen yogurt in a variety of flavors served alongside Lavazza coffee and teas

$14 $7

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Beer-Tasting Admission for Two at Lake Zurich Craft Beer Festival on October 10 or 11 (56% Off)

Lake Zurich Craft Beer Festival

Henry J. Paulus Park

This Bavarian-style beer festival showcases more than 45 brews from acclaimed regional breweries in addition to live music and craft vendors

$87.90 $39

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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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$11 for $20 Worth of Italian Fare at Sir Nick's Pizza

Sir Nick's Pizza

Hoffman Estates

Specialty pies such as Fantastic Four with sausage, mushroom, onion and green pepper, plus other Italian fare like sandwiches and grinders

$20 $11

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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 50% 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 $17

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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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The Dinner Detective Chicago in Chicago or Schaumburg (Up to 50% Off)

The Dinner Detective Chicago

Multiple Locations

Amateur sleuths dig into delectable multi-course meals while trying to solve a mysterious murder perpetuated by disguised actors

$92.09 $46

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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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$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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$60 Worth of Mediterranean Food at Pita Pita Mediterranean Grill

Pita Pita Mediterrean Grill

Palatine

Chicken shawarma and grilled shish kebabs pair with hummus and baba ghanouj

$20 $11

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Mexican Food and Drinks Monday–Thursday or Friday–Sunday at Grande Jake's Fresh Mexican Grill (Up to 45% Off)

Grande Jakes Fresh Mexican Grill

Multiple Locations

Salsa bar with ten types of salsa, along with dinner plates that include chicken enchiladas, fajitas, tacos, and flautas

$20 $11

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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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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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$30 for $50 Worth of Steak and Seafood at St. Charles Place Steak House

St. Charles Place Steak House

St. Charles

Choice cuts of filet mignon and charred prime rib complement classic seafood dishes amid vintage supper-club decor

$50 $30

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Prime Steaks and Seafood at ROX City Grill (Up to 50% Off). Three Options Available.

ROX City Grill

St. Charles

Cooks decorate plates with 20-oz. Angus steaks, pan-seared tilapia, twin grilled lamb chops, and hummus

$30 $15

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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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$22 for $40 Worth of Supper-Club Dinner Fare at Palm Court Arlington Heights

Palm Court - Arlington Heights

Arlington Heights

Hospitality-driven owners check in with diners between courses as piano tunes fill friendly cocktail lounge

$40 $22

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$23 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 $23

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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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$40 or $80 Off Your Dinner Bill – Tapas and Drinks for Two or Four People at La Tasca Tapas Restaurant

La Tasca Tapas Restaurant

Arlington Heights

Hot and cold tapas, Spanish paella, and roasted-meat dishes served alongside rich, flavorful Spanish wine; live Latin music

$40 $20

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$17 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 $17

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Italian Food and Pizza for Dinner at Marzano's Wood Fired Italian (Up to 55% 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 $17

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One or Three Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Smoothies and Ice Cream at Dairy Queen (Up to Half Off)

Dairy Queen

Multiple Locations

Soft serve studded with candy, cookies, or fruit; frothy Julis Originals and thick, creamy fruit smoothies

$10 $5

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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 (50% Off).

India House

Buffalo Grove

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

$20 $10

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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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Mexican Food and Drinks for Dine-In or Takeout at Sergio's Cantina (Up to 50% Off). Three Options Available.

Sergio's Cantina

Geneva

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

$25 $13

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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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$34.10 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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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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Mexican Dinner for Two or Four with Fajitas and Margarita Flights at El Sombrero Restaurant (Up to 56% Off)

El Sombrero Restaurant

Mount Prospect

Enjoy sizzling fajitas accompanied by three 4-ounce margarita pours made with top-shelf tequila

$63 $29

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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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Tea Health Class and Tasting for One or Four Plus Tea to Take Home at Prima Tea (Up to 73% Off)

Prima Tea

Wheeling

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

$57 $23

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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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$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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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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$23 for $40 Worth of Sushi and Contemporary Grill Cuisine at Swordfish

Swordfish

Batavia

Special-ordered fresh fish used in artfully presented seafood entrees, sashimi, and sushi rolls, served in room illuminated by fireplace

$40 $23

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Italian Food at Aliano's Ristorante (Up to 53% Off)

Aliano's Ristorante

Batavia

Housemade veal, chicken, and seafood dishes evoke the flavors of Italy; New York– and Chicago-style pizzas nod to American traditions

$15 $7

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Pub Cuisine at The River's Edge Bar & Grill (Up to 45% Off). Three Options Available.

The River's Edge Bar & Grill

Batavia

Bar with live music and open mic nights offers up beer and cocktails along with pub food like burgers, wings, and grilled cheese sandwiches

$20 $11

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South American Cuisine for Lunch or Dinner at Rio's Addison (Up to 45% Off)

Rio's

Addison

South American steak, seafood, and chicken—as well as ceviches and sopas—paired with one of seven desserts

$15 $9

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$25 for Two French Wine or European Beer Flights and One Appetizer at Suzette’s Creperie ($43 Value)

Suzette’s Creperie

Wheaton

Flights of French wine or European beer pair with savory appetizers, including three-cheese soufflés, ham & cheese crepes or croque monsieur

$43 $25

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Pub Food at Stella's Pizza and Pub (Half Off). Two Options Available.

Stella's Pizza and Pub

Wheaton

Situated inside Fox Bowl, the restaurant serves thin-crust pizza, giardiniera-topped italian beef, and other pub-style eats

$20 $10

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Two or Three $10 Groupons for Hot Dogs, Burgers, and Sandwiches at Slott's Hots

Slott's Hots

Libertyville

Classic hot-dog joint food, including hot dogs, polishes, burgers, italian beef, and gyros, pair with creamy shakes and cheese fries

$10 $6

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$7.50 for $15 Worth of Burgers, Baby Back Ribs, and Barbecue at Alfie’s Inn

Alfie's Inn

Glen Ellyn

Famous burgers treated with special in-house seasoning and loaded with grilled onions at a family-friendly, medieval-styled eatery

$15 $7.50

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$13 for One Four-Pack of Olive Oils and Balsamic Vinegars at Olive 'n Vinnie's Market ($26 Value)

Olive 'n Vinnie's Market

Glen Ellyn

More than 30 flavors of extra-virgin olive oil flavored with garlic or mushroom and sage; balsamic vinegars imported from Modena, Italy

$26 $13

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$15 for $30 Worth of Pan-Asian Cuisine at Asian Pearl

Asian Pearl

Glen Ellyn

Chinese, Japanese, and Thai dishes served in modern dining room with Asian decor influences

$30 $15

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Wine Tasting Event at Cab's Wine Bar Bistro (Up to 51% Off)

Cab's Wine Bar Bistro

Glen Ellyn

Local sommelier leads wine tasting classes featuring selections from France, Italy, and the United States

$49 $24

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Two Martinis and Two Small Plates or $15 for $30 Worth of Tapas (Up to 50% Off)

Olive Black Martini & Wine Lounge

Richmond

Martini lounge exudes 1940s elegance with a large selection of classic cocktails, a tapas menu, and live jazz music amid plush sofas

$35.90 $20

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$12 for Three Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Baked Goods at Andresen's Bakery ($30 Total Value)

Andresen's Bakery

Bensenville

Custom cakes, pies, cookies, sweet rolls, and chocolate-covered strawberries join fresh breads at a bakery with a 50+ year history

$10 $4

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Steak and Seafood at Café la Cave (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

Café la Cave

Des Plaines

Chefs carve entrees and sauté steaks tableside amid cavernous rocky walls and rippling lights

$50 $25

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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 Rd
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 S Western Ave
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 W Main St
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