Food & Drink in Franklin Park

Italian Dinner for Two or Four at Gianni's Ristorante & Pizzeria (Up to 54% Off). Groupon Reservation Required.

Gianni's Ristorante & Pizzeria

Franklin Park

Chefs prepare pizza bread, bruschetta, and rustic Italian pastas such as stuffed shells, lasagna, and linguine with scallops in vodka sauce

$48.85 $23

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$19 for a Vineyard Tour, Tasting of Five Wines, and Seminar for One at Valentino Vineyards & Winery ( Value)

Valentino Vineyards & Winery

Long Grove

Following a brief tour in the vineyard, guests enter a winery to sample five estate wines during wine appreciation seminar

$48 $19

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$15 for $30 Worth of Tropical Appetizers and Drinks at Hala Kahiki

Hala Kahiki

River Grove

Tropical cocktails named for Pelé and coral reefs poured in Polynesian-themed bar opened in 1963

$30 $15

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Spanish Food at Tapas Gitana (Up to 40% Off). Two Options Available.

Tapas Gitana

Northfield

Spanish recipes inform paellas, seafood entrees, and hot and cold tapas such as tiger shrimp and oven-baked goat cheese

$20 $12.10

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Middle Eastern Sandwiches with Appetizers and Drinks for Two or Four at Shawarma-Matik (Up to 42% Off)

Shawarma-Matik

Norridge

Sandwiches filled with chicken or beef shwarma or falafel; hummus, baba ghanouj, or mothawamah dips; pop, juice, coffee, or hot mint tea

$19.78 $12

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$13 for One Hour of Pool and $15 Toward Drinks and Snacks at Elite Cafe & Billiards ($25 Value)

Elite Cafe & Billiards

Melrose Park

Retro pool hall gives players plenty of space to maneuver around its 17 billiards tables

$25 $13

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Classic Italian Cuisine, Pizza, and Drinks at Jim & Pete's (Up to 50% Off). Three Options Available.

Jim & Pete's

Elmwood Park

Updated classics and recipes fill eatery founded in 1941 with lobster ravioli, custom pizza, and pastas laden with choice of sauce

$30 $15

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Pizza and Pasta for Dine-In, Takeout, or Catering at Spizzico Pizza and Pasta (Up to 45% Off)

Spizzico Pizza and Pasta

Elmwood Park

Restaurant offers Chicago-style deep-dish pizzas alongside Italian favorites, such as ravioli, chicken-parmigiana sandwiches, and spaghetti

$20 $11

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Sushi and Japanese Food at Inari Sushi (45% Off). Two Options Available.

Inari Sushi

Elmwood Park

Entrees of teriyaki steak and seafood udon alongside maki rolls made with toasted eel, sweet potato tempura, and soft-shell crab

$40 $22

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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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Two $10 Groupons for Pizza, Sandwiches, and Beef at Nick’s Pizza & Beef or $50 Worth of Catering (50% Off)

Nick's Pizza & Beef

Bellwood

Italian-beef sandwiches, burgers, gyros, and pizzas layered with toppings

$10 $5

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One Hour of Bowling with Pizza, Soda, and Shoe Rental for Four or Eight at Fitz's Spare Keys (Up to 52% Off)

Fitz's Spare Keys

Elmhurst

Facility combines vintage bowling alley, pool hall, and music venue with full bar and restaurant

$51 $25

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$22 for $40 Worth of American Food for Two or More at The Silverado Grill

The Silverado Grill

Elmhurst

Family-friendly restaurant serves up Texas-style hand-cut steaks, fish and chicken dinners, and hearty burgers

$40 $22

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Italian Cuisine for Dine-In at Two Brothers from Italy Ristorante & Pizzeria (45% Off)

Two Brothers from Italy Ristorante & Pizzeria

Elmhurst

Made-from-scratch Italian fare, from homemade pizzas to create-your-own pastas

$20 $11

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$12 for Crepes and Drinks for Two at Nu Crepes ($22 Value)

Nu Crepes

Elmhurst

Hearty crepes arrive thickly stuffed with everything from barbecue chicken to s'mores to a full breakfast's worth of eggs and sausage

$22 $12

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$22 for $40 Worth of Tapas-Style Cuisine at Flight 112 Wine House

Flight 112 Wine House

Elmhurst

Wine bar praised by Time Out Chicago and the Daily Herald focuses on Spanish wines and small plates

$40 $22

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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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Up to 50% Off Pizza — Fratello's Family Restaurant and Pizzeria; Valid Monday - Wednesday 11 AM - 9 PM

Fratello's Family Restaurant and Pizzeria

Elmhurst

Specialty pizzas such as buffalo chicken and hawaiian, make-your-own pies, and subs, pastas, and steaks

$20 $10

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$12.50 for $25 Worth of Mexican Food at Salseria

Salseria

Elmhurst

Fresh salsas and signature seasonings flavor Mexican favorites; hand-squeezed lime juice and 40 types of tequila flavor margaritas

$25 $12.50

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Sushi and Japanese Cuisine for Lunch or Dinner at Bistro Sake (Up to 50% Off)

Bistro Sake

River Forest

Specialty rolls artfully layered with fresh salmon, avocado, and cilantro, tempura shrimp and cream cheese, and black tobiko in crispy rice

$20 $10

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$15 for $30 Worth of Chicago-Style Italian Food at Jimmy's Place

Jimmy's Place

Forest Park

Homemade pizza, pasta, and sandwiches made-to-order using recipes passed down through owner's family; featured on Food Network

$30 $15

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Craft Beer Flight and Appetizers for Two, Four, or Six at Chalk (Up to 46% Off)

Chalk

Forest Park

Craft beer from local breweries such as Revolution and Lagunitas; fries, chicken tenders, and stout beer battered onion rings

$30 $17

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Sushi and More for Dinner at Maki Sushi & Noodle Shop (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

Maki Sushi & Noodle Shop

Maki Sushi & Noodle Shop

Ginger sea bass and soba noodles pair with more than one dozen maki rolls prepared at a central sushi bar surrounded by murals

$50 $25

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Chocolate Tasting for Two or Four at Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory (Up to 51% Off)

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory

Park Ridge

Taste a variety of chocolates during tastings at the Park Ridge store

$36 $18

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Two-Hour Cooking Class with Wine for One or Two at Affresco Pizzeria/Lounge (Up to 55% Off)

Affresco Pizzeria/Lounge

Park Ridge

Groups of up to 20 guests make, then eat, Sicilian entrees such as ravioli and marinara sauce, all while sipping included wine

$55 $27

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Crepes and Drinks for Two or Four at Cream of the Crêpe (Up to 50% Off) 

Cream of the Crêpe

Park Ridge

A sweet or savory French crepe accompanies your beverage of choice, such as hot chocolate or a cappuccino

$23.80 $14

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6 or 12 Specialty Cupcakes or $10 for $20 Toward a Custom Cake at Mrs. A Cupcakes @ The Pickwick

Mrs. A Cupcakes @ The Pickwick

Park Ridge

Mother and daughters bake specialty cupcakes, cookies, and donuts from scratch daily using fresh ingredients

$19 $10

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Introduction to Loose-Leaf Tea Class and Tasting for Two, Four, or Six at TeaLula (Up to 60% Off)

TeaLula

Park Ridge

A certified tea specialist teaches students about the history and preparation of loose-leaf teas, then shares four tea samples for tasting

$50 $25

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Indian Food for Dine-in or Carryout at Klay Oven Restaurant (Up to 45% Off)

Klay Oven Restaurant

Oak Park

Traditional Indian specialties served in an ornate dining space

$40 $22

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$17 for $30 Worth of Mexican Dinner and Drinks for Two or More at Margaritas

Margaritas

Oak Park

Shrimp ceviche, tamales, tilapia in Veracruzana sauce, tacos, chicken mole, burritos, enchiladas, steak fajitas, and chilis rellenos

$30 $17

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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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Pub Food and Drinks at The Howard Street Inn (Half Off). Two Options Available.

The Howard Street Inn

Niles

Menu includes deli and grilled sandwiches, Angus burgers, pizza, craft and domestic brews, and speciality drinks

$20 $10

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Italian Dinner for Two or Take-Out at Riggio's (Up to 46% Off)

Riggio's

Niles

Specialty sandwiches stuffed with meatballs or veal parmigiana; pasta entrees swimming in pesto or clam sauce; pizzas with 20+ ingredients

$25 $13.50

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Two Groupons, Each Good for $10 or $12 Worth of Chinese Food at Wonton Deli (Up to Half Off)

Wonton Deli

Multiple Locations

Chinese food such as barbecue pork, shrimp roll, and wonton lo mein

$12 $6

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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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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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Hawaiian Dinner and Drinks at Tiki Terrace (Half Off). Two Options Available.

Tiki Terrace

Des Plaines

A tropical-themed dining area stages Hawaiian feasts at hand-carved booths surrounded by tiki statues, stone moai, and palm trees

$24 $12

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Two or Three Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Sub Sandwiches at Tonini's Italian Market (40% Off)

Tonini's Italian Market

Berwyn

Sub sandwiches assembled from Italian deli meats such as salami, capicolla, and prosciutto

$10 $6

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$10 for $20 Worth of Asian Fusion Cuisine for Dinner at Chef Shangri-La in North Riverside

Chef Shangri-la

North Riverside

Asian and Polynesian recipes beget citrus-kissed meats, spicy stir-fry, and sweet and sour veggies amid tiki-style decor

$20 $10

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International Comfort Food at Parrilla Express (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

Parrilla Express

Berwyn

Eatery quickly serves up internationally inspired comfort foods, such as chicken, steak, and seafood kebabs from the grill

$10 $5

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Oktoberfest Entry to American Aid Society of German Descendants (Up to 53% Off). Four Options Available.

American Aid Society of German Descendants

German/American Cultural Center

Oktoberfest event over several weekends showcases German music, history, folk dancing, and food

$31 $15

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$15 for $30 Worth of Sushi, Japanese, and Thai Food at Dao Sushi and Thai Restaurant

Dao Sushi and Thai Restaurant

Oakbrook Terrace

Specialty sushi rolls and sake arrive at tables amid chic decor of hanging pendant lights and a Buddha motif

$30 $15

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$8 for $15 Worth of Brunch Food and Drinks at Blueberry Hill

Blueberry Hill

Multiple Locations

Brunch food such as omelets, waffles, and wraps is made from scratch with fresh ingredients

$15 $8

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Pub Food at Off Broadway Pub (Up to 45% Off). Two Options Available.

Off Broadway Pub

Brookfield

Pub serves award-winning hot wings, build-your-own pizzas, and hamburgers along with draft beers

$20 $11

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Mediterranean Food for Dine-In or Carry-Out at Rayan (42% Off). Three Options Available.

Rayan

Morton Grove

Begin with smoked-eggplant baba ghanouj before digging into plates of fattoush salad with cucumbers and mint or sizzling beef shish kebabs

$24 $14

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Indian Cuisine at Viceroy of India (Up to 50% Off)

Viceroy of India

Multiple Locations

Sizzling morsels of lamb vindaloo and tandoori chicken tikka mingle with fluffy naan on expansive north and south Indian menu

$20 $11

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$20 for $40 Worth of Japanese Cuisine at Hokkaido Sushi Hibachi Steak House & Lounge

Hokkaido Hibachi Sushi Steak House & Lounge

Oakbrook Terrace

Japanese cuisine such as tuna poke topped with grated parmesan cheese & shrimp shumai, a pan-fried Japanese-style shrimp dumpling with ponzu

$40 $20

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Pizza Meal with Choice of 1 Salad or Pitcher of Domestic Beer or Soda at Gulliver's Pizza & Pub (Up to 52% Off)

Gulliver's Pizza & Pub

Oakbrook Terrace

Iconic pizza institution serves up classic Chicago-style pies with rich crusts wrapped around cheese, sauce, and fresh ingredients

$31.20 $15

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Traditional American Food for Lunch or Dinner at Mécénat Bistro & Retail Wine Shop (Up to 43% Off)

Mécénat Bistro & Retail Wine Shop

Mecenat Bistro

Menu featuring innovative, seasonal specialties at a modern restaurant and wine bar with a full selection of beverages

$20 $12

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$12 for $20 Worth of Food ($25 if Redeemed Sunday-Thursday) at Al's Char-House

Al's Char-House

La Grange

Diners feast upon juicy steaks and seafood inside a wild west-themed restaurant adorned with old photographs and cowboy memorabilia

$20 $12

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Vietnamese Food for Two or Four or More or Carryout at OMAI Vietnamese Restaurant (Up to 48% Off)

OMAI Vietnamese Restaurant

La Grange

Noodles with shrimp, calamari, and crab, pho brimming with meat and veggies, or banh mi with pork or lemon-grass beef and pickled daikon

$20 $12

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Steak, Seafood, and Drinks at Saban's Place (Up to 50% Off)

Saban's Place

Hodgkins

Chefs fire steak, seafood, BBQ ribs, prime rib & sandwiches and craft salad dressings and desserts in nostalgic, supper club–style setting

$30 $18

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Thai Cuisine at Thipi Thai (Up to 43% Off)

Thipi Thai

La Grange

Classic Thai cuisine served in vibrant dining room

$30 $17

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English Food and Drinks at Chequers of La Grange (50% Off). Two Options Available.

Chequers of La Grange

La Grange

English and Irish draft beers foam beside bangers 'n' mash and beer-battered fish ‘n’ chips as fireplaces flicker inside and on patio

$30 $15

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Artisan Teas Tasting for Two or Four at Adagio Teas (Up to 57% Off)

Adagio Teas

Multiple Locations

Groups sample a variety of flavorful teas and take home ceramic teapots

$46 $21

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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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Steak and Seafood Dinner for Two or More or Four or More at Porter's Bistro (Up to 52% Off)

Porter's Bistro

Glenview

New york strip steak, cedar-plank salmon, and veggie panini at this bistro with upscale food and casual vibe inside Wyndham Glenview Suites

$30 $15

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Wine-Tasting Parties for 2, 4, or 16 at WineStyles (Up to 60% Off)

WineStyles

Glenview

Certified wine specialists lead groups through five different varietals, offering samples of each as they discuss proper tasting etiquette

$30 $15

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$10 for $20 Worth of Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar Sample Bottles at Oh, Olive!

Oh, Olive!

Glenview

Try 60-ml sampler bottles of balsamic vinegar and extra-virgin olive oil, with flavors such as organic tuscan herb, chipotle, & blood orange

$20 $10

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$12 for $20 Worth of Healthy Eats at Fitness Cafe

Fitness Cafe

Glenview

Using guidelines set by National Heart Association, healthful dishes made from fresh ingredients offer scrumptious alternative to fast food

$20 $12

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$30 for $50 Worth of Premium Meats and Groceries at Prime "N" Tender Meats

Prime "N" Tender Meats

Hinsdale

Premium cuts of beef, chicken, and veal stocked in a kitchen-style storefront that also vends sandwiches and housemade entrees and sides

$50 $30

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Prix Fixe Mexican Dinner for Two with Margaritas, Starter, Entrees and Desserts at CiNe (34% Off)

CiNe

Hinsdale

Sip margaritas while exploring a selection of house specialties such as guacamole, red snapper, chicken in mole sauce, and tres leches cake

$99 $65

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Pizza and Subs at Angry Slice and Sub Shop (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

Angry Slice and Sub Shop

Summit

Pizzas topped with jerk chicken or italian beef and classic subs on D'Amato bread; all orders include complimentary ice cream

$20 $11

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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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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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$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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$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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$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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Dine-In, Catering, or Private Party for 25 or 40 at Chicago's Home of Chicken and Waffles III (50% Off)

Chicago's Home of Chicken and Waffles III

Evanston

Variety of fried chicken combos, including wings, breast meat, and gizzards; waffles such as buckwheat, pecans, or sundae toppings

$20 $12

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Three-Course Prix-Fixe Sunday Brunch for Two or Four at Bistro Bordeaux (48% Off)

Bistro Bordeaux

Evanston

Courses such as classic french-onion soup, eggs benedict with canadian bacon and herbs, and pain perdu with seasonal fruit

$80 $42

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Chef's Five-Course French Seafood Tasting Dinner for Two or Four at Oceanique (Up to 53% Off)

Oceanique

Evanston

Seasonal fish, organic local produce, sorbet, and pastry praised by Time Out Chicago and the Chicago Reader

$160 $79

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Three Groupons, Each Good for $7 Worth of Hot Dogs and American Grill Fare at Wiener and Still Champion ($21 Value)

Wiener and Still Champion

Evanston

Eatery continues more than 30-year tradition of serving up a variety of unique dogs and burgers that are lauded by the Chicago Reader

$7 $3.66

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$18.99 for a Grilled Cheese Meal and Beers for Two at Cheesie's Pub & Grub (Up to $36 Value)

Cheesie's Pub & Grub

Multiple Locations

Snack on fried pickles before devouring a classic grilled cheese served with tomato-soup dipping sauce or a sandwich with mac 'n' cheese

$36 $18.99

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Select Local Merchants

Originally opened as the Top Hat Drive-In in 1953, Sonic has grown into a burger-franchise mecca that today operates out of 3,500 locations across the country, making it the nation’s largest chain of drive-in restaurants. Sonic specializes in made-to-order American classics—including burgers, hot dogs, milk shakes, and marshmallow Ford Thunderbolts—which customers order and receive without ever having to leave their cars. Unique menu items include toaster sandwiches stacked on thick slices of texas toast, as well as the brand’s signature tots and fresh limeades.

Sonic’s numerous awards include a 2011 Zagat survey ranking it among the top five fast-food restaurants in three categories: Best Value Menu, Best Milk Shake, and Best Drive-Thru. The benevolent eatery has also donated more than $2 million to public schools throughout the country through their program Limeades for Learning, which helps to fund educational projects and retirement plans for classroom guinea pigs.

10440 Grand Ave
Franklin Park,
IL
US

Mike O'Donnell's Irish Pub ushers patrons from a broad stretch of Franklin Avenue into a bar from which all pretense has been stripped away in favor of a cozy vibe conducive to unwinding. Even the ceiling tiles broadcast the pub's ties to the community in the form of quaint, business-card-style ads for local businesses. In the game room, friendly competitors hone their skills at the dartboard and draw cues for dibs on the pool table between bites of Irish-inspired appetizers and burgers hot from the grill. Meanwhile, barkeeps refill glasses and chat with regulars as flat-screen TVs keep crowds updated on sports action and the latest commands from Big Brother.

9573 Franklin Ave
Franklin Park,
IL
US

Every morning, the dough masters at Aracely's Bakery rise before dawn to craft house-made cupcakes, pastries, and sandwiches to bejewel their display cases. Confectionary artists transform dreams into fondant-covered reality by crafting custom cakes for birthdays, baby showers, and Eat a Portrait of Your Boss day. Meanwhile, traditional Mexican recipes lend sweetness to cakes and spice to 11 kinds of sandwiches, whose ingredients include avocado, chihuahua cheese, and secret sauce, and pack flavor into handheld meals.

9667 Franklin Ave
Franklin Park,
IL
US

Palermo Bakery's Sicilian-born pastry professionals quell sweet teeth with authentic confectionery masterpieces, including about 70 varieties of fresh cookies baked daily. Bite into a horseshoe-shaped pistachio sandwich, pumped with nutty cream and blanketed in chocolate ($8.59/lb.), or feast on an Old World fig cookie fashioned from pasta frolla dough and stuffed with figs, raisins, citron, orange zest, almonds, chocolate chips, and family secrets, including where the family jewels are stashed and why they consider cans of tomato soup to be jewels ($8.59/lb.). Flakey fried cannoli shells depart from nosh norms, festooning sweet, fresh ricotta with glazed fruit or nuts ($1.99 each), while other pastries, such as the Genovese, keep confections delicate and sweet ($1.99–$2.49). Savory seekers can sink their fangs into focaccia bread slathered with tomato or artichoke ($2.90), a hunk of olive or pepperoni bread ($2.89, available on Sundays) or a semi-circle of cheese pizza ($8.50). Stock up on jitter juice at the classic espresso bar, contained within a cube of sunny walls and tan tiles, like the prize inside a two-colored Rubik's cube

3531 Rose St
Franklin Park,
IL
US

Grand Stand Pizza

When Fox News set out to discover who was serving the best pizza in Chicago, they put together a team of three pizza experts––a world pizza eating finalist, a think-tank chef for Fruschetta pizza corporation, and a college student––to slice through the competition. The results? The trio awarded Grand Stand Pizza the winner with a score of 4.5 out of 5, beating out Chi-Town standard Nancy's Pizza. The secret might lie in the crust. Said one tester, "you could have put anything on top of that dough and it would have tasted good." Chefs roll that crust out to make thin, pan, double-crust, and stuffed pizzas then pile on classic toppings such as pepperoni, black olives, and hot giardiniera or premium toppings such as Italian beef or gold bullion. The choices don't end there, though. Along with pizza, the restaurant also serves up hearty helpings of pasta, homemade meatball sandwiches, and Italian desserts such as cannoli, tiramisu, and homemade Italian ice.

9718 Grand Ave
Franklin Park,
IL
US

Pescatore means “Italian fisherman,” according to Vito Barbanente, Pescatore Palace's owner and chef. He lives far from any sea and seldom pulls anything out of saltwater, but having spent his life transforming catch into cuisine, he might well have earned an honorary place among the ranks of said seafarers. In his signature dish, he tops market-fresh fish of the day with a grilled medley of octopus, calamari, cuttlefish, and shrimp. He also harvests land ingredients, rounding out his seafood-rich menu with veal chops, housemade gnocchi, and metal forks instead of tridents.

3400 River Rd
Franklin Park,
IL
US

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