Food & Drink in Chicago

Salad, Wrap, or Entree Meal with Lemonade for Two or Four at Litehouse Whole Food Grill (43% Off)

Litehouse Whole Food Grill

Hyde Park

$24.40 $14

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Organic bowls, wraps, and salads get their protein from blackened salmon, grilled steak, and chicken

Dine-In or Delivered Casual Food from The Edge Bar and Grill (Up to 45% Off). Five Options Available.

The Edge Bar and Grill

Lincoln Park

$20 $11

(130)

Freshly made buttermilk pancakes, certified Angus beef burgers, and locally roasted Metropolis coffee served round-the-clock

Four-Hours of Craft Beer, Food Trucks, Music and Games at Lincoln Park Zoo

Lincoln Park Zoo Beer and Music Fest

Lincoln Park Zoo

$49 $39

Lincoln Park Zoo transforms into a craft-brew wonderland for one night, with more than 100 beers to sample, plus live music and food trucks

Meal for Two or Four, or $11 for $20 Worth of Carryout or Delivery at Waffles Cafe and On the Bun

Waffles Cafe and On the Bun

Chicago

$20 $11

Tuck into sweet and savory waffles, or order up bison burgers, Kobe-style patties, steak burgers, and veggie options

Hawaiian-Inspired Dinner for Dine-In or Carryout at Sola Restaurant (Up to 44% Off)

Sola Restaurant

North Center

$50 $28

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Chef Carol Wallack shares a love of Hawaii and its culinary traditions through dishes such as poke made with local, sustainable ingredients

Two or Four Gourmet Burgers and Sides for Dinner at Buzz Burgers, Barrels, and Beers (52% Off)

Buzz Burgers, Barrels, and Beers

North Center

$29 $14

(10)

Grass-fed beef—as well as Norwegian salmon and ground lamb—form creative burgers topped with foie gras or ramen-noodle buns

Pub Food and Beers for Two or Four or Private Party for 15 at Jefferson Tap & Grille (Up to 49% Off)

Jefferson Tap & Grille

West Loop

$43.48 $22

Taps flow with beers from across the pond, as the kitchen stays open late night to fill bellies with thin-crust pizzas and burgers

Four-Course Lebanese Dinner for Two or Four at Maza Restaurant (Up to 61% Off)

Maza Restaurant

Maza Restaurant

$63 $25

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Dinner includes an appetizer, vegetarian soups or salads, entrees with charbroiled meats or fresh seafood, and a dessert such as baklava

Classic American Food for Two or Four at Rockwood Place (Up to 45% Off). Four Options Available.

Rockwood Place

Lakeview

$20 $11

Sports bar serves up crowd-pleasing American dishes such as chicken wings, burgers, and flatbread pizzas surrounded by flat-screen TVs

Haitian Cusine at Kizin Creole (Half Off). Two Options Available.

Kizin Creole

West Rogers Park

$30 $15

Enjoy the spicy flavors of Haiti and the West Indies with spicy pumpkin soup or a pastry pâté stuffed with cod

Tapas and Sangria for Two or Four or More People at The Bar Celona (Up to 48% Off)

The Bar Celona

Lakeview

$25 $14

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Red or white sangria washes down tapas such as bacon-wrapped dates with herbed goat cheese, or marinated skirt steak on a bed of potatoes

Up to 33% Off Mediterranean Cuisine — Adriatic Cafe

Adriatic Cafe

Edgewater

$30 $20

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

$10 for $20 Worth of Bar Food and Drinks at The Shamrock Club

The Shamrock Club

Near North Side

$20 $10

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Neighborhood bar provides chicken strips, steak sandwiches, and onion rings while patrons watch sports and shoot pool

Underground Wonder Bar Entry for Two or Four with Live Music and Drinks (Up to 58% Off)

Underground Wonder Bar

Near North Side

$54 $25

(125)

Guests sip mixed drinks while watching sets by local rock, jazz, blues, and reggae groups

Italian Cuisine for Dinner or Lunch at Monastero's Ristorante & Banquets (50% Off)

Monastero's Ristorante & Banquets

North Park

$30 $15

(46)

Executive chef Joe Monastero Jr. makes Italian and Sicilian dishes from scratch using family recipes

Craft Beer and Drinks at Headquarters Beercade (45% Off). Two Options Available.

Headquarters Beercade

Lakeview

$20 $11

(195)

Bartenders fill pints with craft beverages from 16 taps; patrons romp among 37 free arcade games such as Donkey Kong, NBA Jam, and Pac-Man

2 Well Drinks with Tokens Sunday–Thursday or Any Day, or $49.50 for $100 Worth of Tokens at Emporium Arcade Bar

Emporium Arcade Bar

Wicker Park

$20 $10

(152)

More than 40 classic arcade games such as Mortal Kombat and Paper Boy complemented by craft brews and spirits, including 50+ whiskeys

$15 for $30 Worth of Peruvian Steak and Seafood, Valid Sunday–Friday at Ay Ay Picante

Ay Ay Picante

Albany Park

$30 $15

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Shrimp ceviche and lamb with sun-dried chiles in a Check, Please!–featured restaurant

Burgers, Fries, and Beer for Two or Four at The Sports Corner Bar & Grill (Up to 46% Off)

The Sports Corner Bar & Grill

Wrigleyville

$34 $19

(90)

Sports bar next to Wrigley Field tops half-pound Black Angus burgers with ingredients such as guacamole, bacon, and nacho cheese

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DeColores Mexican Restaurant is the worst-kept culinary secret in Pilsen. Shortly after the eatery opened, reviewers began to shout the praises of its family-style Mexican dishes; Chicago magazine even placed DeColores on its 2010 list of the Best New Restaurants, lauding the guacamole as “reason enough for a trip to Pilsen.” The restaurant continued its meteoric rise by earning Bib Gourmand awards in the Michelin Guide Chicago in 2011, 2012, and 2013.

The Reyes family members behind DeColores Mexican Restaurant choose to keep the menu humble, basing many of the dishes on closely guarded family recipes that span generations. Made from a blend of 20 ingredients plied from Aunt Alicia, the menu’s rich, chocolate-based mole won the People’s Choice award at Pilsen’s 2012 Mole de Mayo festival and cook-off. The homestyle flavors of the tampiqueña—grilled skirt steak served with a queso chihuahua enchilada—managed to catch Chicago magazine’s attention yet again, earning a place on the publication’s 2010 list of its 30 Favorite Mexican Dishes in Chicago.

Not every dish comes from the Reyes recipe book, though. The restaurant regularly invites neighborhood residents to submit their own interpretations of traditional Mexican staples, honoring any standouts with spots on the menu. This vibrant community spirit radiates from DeColores’ very walls, which routinely change to accommodate new pieces of Mexican-themed works by area painters. Further supporting the artists of Pilsen, the sound system plays recordings of local musicians between dramatic readings of the restaurant’s reservation policy.

1626 S Halsted St
Chicago,
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.

9521 S Western Ave
Chicago,
IL
US

Flames up to 4 feet high rise from pans as cooks flamb? their signature lomo saltado al pisco, which features strip steak stir-fried with vinegar and soy sauce. This dish, like so many others at Rio's D'Sudamerica, stems from a recipe culled from owner Dino Perez's mother. As a young boy, Perez immersed himself in his family's restaurant, bussing and waiting tables throughout his teenage years. The experiences solidified his love for restaurant orchestration and helped him to open Rio's D'Sudamerica in 2006, just down the street from the family restaurant.

The kitchen's two-chef team, Rosendo Monteoca and Guillermo Munuz, began working in Perez's family's restaurant more than 20 years ago, which explains their intimate familiarity with the recipes. All dishes are prepared to order, and they highlight imported Peruvian products wherever possible. For the pollo a la brasa, a signature dish, the cooks marinate half chickens in a special blend of 20 ingredients before charring them in a wood-burning oven. The arroz con mariscos, a paella-style dish sans saffron, simmers rice, five kinds of seafood, and white wine in a pot, yielding a rich, cohesive flavor.

As patrons sip specialty pisco sours made from Peruvian brandy and fresh lime, they can gaze upon the restaurant's large murals of Peruvian landscapes, hand-painted by a local artist with an arm span twice as wide as a normal human's. The murals' cool ocean-side colors serve as harmonious complements to the rest of the eatery's palette, formed from long crimson drapery, cozy chairs the color of sand, and circular overhead lights whose golden hues mimic those of the sun.

2010 W Armitage Ave.
Chicago,
IL
US

Salud's extensive selection of 100% agave tequilas recast the cactusy libation as something to be sipped and savored, pairing its earthy flavors with a menu of fresh, upscale Mexican-American cuisine. While discussing flavor-notes from the more than 75 tequilas, nosh on savory antojitos such as a trio of original, pineapple, and chipotle pumpkin-flavored guacamoles ($12), or dip chorizo-stuffed cremini mushrooms into a chipotle ranch sauce ($8). Temper the urge to crunch on unyielding flatware with a plate of Salud nachos ($8), then move on to heartier fare including tacos topped with grilled skirt steak ($9), slow-roasted pork belly ($7.50), or sautéed shrimp ($9), each with their own flavor-specific suite of accompaniments. Those craving meatier mouthfuls can sink teeth into burger-like tortas layered with delectable accessories such as salsa and jalapeño bacon to outfit palates in savory style ($9–$11).

In addition to subtle, 2-ounce pours of blancos, oak-aged reposados, and sage-like anejos, Salud proffers selections of fine cervezas, non-tequila liquors such as rum and cachaca, and mixed beverages such as mojitos ($9–$9.50) or a suite of margaritas ($8–$10). Regular events provide chef Jose Gonzalez a chance to craft special-tasting menus highlighting the beverages' unique effects on taste buds, which range from making them tingle to inspiring exuberant recitations of Keats' Ode to a Nightingale. As the night moves on, ditch the smooth comfort of a booth for the free-flailing expressionism of light dancing within the chic, dimly lit space.

1471 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago,
IL
US

By the Numbers
  • Seven: The number of countries represented by TeaGschwendner's more than 130 shops.
  • One half of one percent: How much of the world's tea harvest is considered for purchase by TeaGschwendner's Master Tea Tasters.
  • More than 300: The number of tea varieties in every store, including black, green, and oolong. Click the video to see the lengthy process that goes into selecting each of TeaGschwendner's teas.

A Socially Responsible Brew

Working in collaboration with government organizations, TeaGschwendner helped build a factory that processes tea for 130 small farmers. That's just one of the ways TeaGschwendner ensures social and environmental responsibility. Read more here.


From the Press Room

  • Their Bamboo Pomelo and Darjeeling Soom teas won gold medals at the North American Tea Championship in 2013.
  • In 2012, CBS Chicago named it one of the best tea shops in the city.
  • The Groupon Guide spoke to the State Street location's tasting manager, Matt Crews, who shares three tips for tea beginners and experts alike.
  • Click here to read more press coverage of TeaGschwendner

2142 N Halsted St
Chicago,
IL
US

The Meatloaf Bakery's chief meatloaf maker, Cynthia, serves up an innovative take on a hearty comfort-food classic. Customers on the go have their pick of eight different kinds of meatloaf shaped like cupcakes, mini loaves, pies, and layer cakes. Cynthia's signature Mother Loaf, which has been featured on the Food Network's Sugar High, puts a new spin on the classic meatloaf. It seamlessly blends a meat trio of beef, pork, and veal with ketchup and herbs and comes with a mound of yukon mashed potatoes. Diners seeking the meatloaf experience sans meat can try her gluten-free, vegetarian Yentl Lentl Loaf, which uses only lentils and brown rice blended with bell peppers and cheese. Her six other loaves incorporate everything from Alaskan salmon to wing sauce with blue cheese or even a swirl of angel-hair pasta. She likes to reimagine meatloaf using the traditional meat of other countries' cuisines, creating hybrid comfort foods without reliving that French-Fry Onion-Soup Disaster.


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2464 N Clark St
Chicago,
IL
US

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