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

$48.85 $23

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

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

Valentino Vineyards & Winery

Long Grove

$48 $19

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

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

Hala Kahiki

River Grove

$30 $15

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

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

Tapas Gitana

Northfield

$20 $12.10

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

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

Elite Cafe & Billiards

Melrose Park

$25 $13

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

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

Jim & Pete's

Elmwood Park

$30 $15

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

$15 for Three Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Baked Goods at Andresen's Bakery ($30 Total Value)

Andresen's Bakery

Bensenville

$10 $5

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

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

$51 $25

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

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

The Silverado Grill

Elmhurst

$40 $22

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

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

Two Brothers from Italy Ristorante & Pizzeria

Elmhurst

$20 $11

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

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

Nu Crepes

Elmhurst

$22 $12

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

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

Flight 112 Wine House

Elmhurst

$40 $22

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

$11 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of American Food at Pop's Beef ($20 Total Value)

Pop's Beef

Elmhurst

$10 $5.50

Family-owned restaurant serves homemade italian beef sliced daily, corned beef on rye, meatball sandwiches, burgers, and Chicago-style dogs

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

Wok 'n Fire

Multiple Locations

$30 $15

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

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

$20 $10

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

$12.50 for $25 Worth of Mexican Food at Salseria

Salseria

Elmhurst

$25 $12.50

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

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

Bistro Sake

River Forest

$20 $10

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

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

Jimmy's Place

Forest Park

$30 $15

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

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

Chalk

Forest Park

$30 $17

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

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

TeaLula

Park Ridge

$50 $25

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

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

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory

Park Ridge

$36 $18

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

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

Affresco Pizzeria/Lounge

Park Ridge

$55 $27

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

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

Cream of the Crêpe

Park Ridge

$23.80 $14

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

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

$19 $10

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

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

Klay Oven Restaurant

Oak Park

$40 $22

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Traditional Indian specialties served in an ornate dining space

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

Margaritas

Oak Park

$30 $17

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

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

Yue-Sun Restaurant

Wood Dale

$30 $15

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

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

The Howard Street Inn

Niles

$20 $10

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

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

Riggio's

Niles

$25 $13.50

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

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

Wonton Deli

Multiple Locations

$12 $6

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

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

Café la Cave

Des Plaines

$50 $25

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

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

Tiki Terrace

Des Plaines

$24 $12

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

Italian Dinner at Giacomo's Ristorante Italiano (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

Giacomo's Ristorante Italiano

Des Plaines

$40 $20

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Family-owned restaurant serving authentic Southern Italian cuisine in a casually elegant space; try the eggplant parmigiana and tiramisu

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

Tonini's Italian Market

Berwyn

$10 $6

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

Brunch for Two or Four with Mimosas or Blood-Orange Gimlets at Autre Monde Cafe & Spirits (Up to 55% Off)

Autre Monde Cafe & Spirits

Berwyn

$54 $28.75

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Eclectic brunch dishes such as quail with pancakes, smoked-trout frittata, and fried eggs with prosciutto, served with citrus cocktails

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

Chef Shangri-la

North Riverside

$20 $10

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

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

Parrilla Express

Berwyn

$10 $5

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

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

$31 $15

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

Three or Five Groupons, Each Good for $5 Worth of Café Food and Drinks at C U Latte Cafe

C U Latte Cafe

Villa Park

$5 $2.50

Surrounded by local artwork and decorative reeds, café visitors enjoy a menu of coffee drinks, frozen lemonade, and sandwiches

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

Dao Sushi and Thai Restaurant

Oakbrook Terrace

$30 $15

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

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

Off Broadway Pub

Brookfield

$20 $11

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

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

Viceroy of India

Multiple Locations

$20 $11

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

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

Hokkaido Hibachi Sushi Steak House & Lounge

Oakbrook Terrace

$40 $20

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

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

$31.20 $15

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

$12 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Casual American Food at Mooyah ($20 Total Value)

Mooyah

Lombard

$10 $6

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Lean-beef, turkey, or veggie patties with cheeses and zesty toppings

Eastern European Meal for Two, Four, or Six at Klas Restaurant (Up to 54% Off)

Klas Restaurant

Cicero

$40 $20

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Bohemian platter features choice of Eastern European meat dishes; soups, salads, sides, beers, and desserts complement entrees

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

Mécénat Bistro & Retail Wine Shop

Mecenat Bistro

$20 $12

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

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

Al's Char-House

La Grange

$20 $12

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

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

OMAI Vietnamese Restaurant

La Grange

$20 $12

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

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

Saban's Place

Hodgkins

$30 $18

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

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

Chequers of La Grange

La Grange

$30 $15

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

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

Adagio Teas

Multiple Locations

$46 $21

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

Hibachi-Style Steak and Seafood at Kampai Japanese Steak House (Up to 50% Off). Four Options Available.

Kampai Japanese Steak House

Mount Prospect

$40 $22

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Japanese food cooked on hibachis tableside; at sushi bar, rolls float atop wooden boats

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

$43.80 $22

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

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

El Sombrero Restaurant

Mount Prospect

$63 $29

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

French Cuisine and Drinks for Sunday Brunch or Dinner at Retro Bistro (40% Off)

Retro Bistro

Mount Prospect

$20 $12

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Chefs crust ahi tuna with wasabi, drench new york strip steaks au poivre in shallot-parsley butter, and roast half chickens

Mediterranean Cuisine at Mina Mediterranean Restaurant (Up to 61% Off). Two Options Available.

Mina Mediterranean Restaurant

Mount Prospect

$20 $10

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All-halal meat dishes, tagines, and veggie dishes with Moroccan and Egyptian influences; optional glass of wine from full bar

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

CravePizza

Mount Prospect

$20 $11

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

$35 for $50 Worth of Groceries and Fresh Produce at Grand Food Center

The Grand Food Center

Multiple Locations

$50 $35

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Community-oriented grocer supplies grilling essentials such as kabobs and burgers, fresh produce, baked goods, and fresh cooked meals to-go

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

Fitness Cafe

Glenview

$20 $12

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

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

Porter's Bistro

Glenview

$30 $15

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

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

WineStyles

Glenview

$30 $15

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

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

Oh, Olive!

Glenview

$20 $10

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

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

Prime "N" Tender Meats

Hinsdale

$50 $30

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

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

CiNe

Hinsdale

$99 $65

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

$13 for $25 Worth of Lithuanian Food and Drinks at Grand Duke’s Restaurant

Grand Duke's Restaurant

Summit

$25 $13

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Kugelis, sausage, steak, kebabs, and dumplings served amid medieval castle decor sourced from Lithuania

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

Angry Slice and Sub Shop

Summit

$20 $11

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

Glendale Heights Oktoberfest at Camera Park on September 12–21 (Up to 44% Off). Four Options Available.

Glendale Heights Oktoberfest

Camera Park

$34 $19

German festival entertains guests of all ages with live music, authentic cuisine, and beer imported from Munich

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

FITfresh Cafe & Juicebar

Glendale Heights

$5.20 $3

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

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

Domo 77 and Japan 77

Multiple Locations

$40 $22

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

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

Kabuki Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi

Glendale Heights

$30 $16

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

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

Sushi Bar

Bloomingdale

$20 $11

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

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

Cab's Wine Bar Bistro

Glen Ellyn

$49 $24

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

$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

$26 $13

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

$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

$15 $9

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

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

Asian Pearl

Glen Ellyn

$30 $15

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

$22 for $40 Worth of Hibachi Dinner at Todoroki Hibachi + Sushi

Todoroki Hibachi + Sushi

Evanston

$40 $22

Hibachi-grilled steak, scallops, lobster, and chicken accompanied by grilled shrimp, rice, salad, and soup

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

$20 $12

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

French Cuisine at Jilly's Cafe (Up to 50% Off)

Jilly's Cafe

Evanston

$30 $15

French cuisine such as duck leg confit with a plum-ginger sauce and spring rolls filled with mushrooms, cherries, spinach, and brie

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

Franklin Park Scene