Food & Drink in Gary

Slow-Cooked, Steel-Cut Oatmeal with Customizable Toppings and Optional Drinks at Jamba Juice (Up to 44% Off)

Jamba Juice

Multiple Locations

Kick-start your day with 100% organic, whole-grain oats slow-cooked with soymilk and topped with your choice of 36 topping combinations

$3.49 $2

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$11 for One Groupon, Good for $20 Worth of Po'Boys and Sandwiches at Tilly's Po'Boys

Tilly's Po'Boys

Calumet City

Chicken and seafood po'boys served with one side such as loaded baked potato salad, cup of gumbo-lia, or a duo of fries

$20 $11

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$14.99 for Personal Shopping and Grocery Delivery from ShopSmart LLC ($29.99 Value)

ShopSmart LLC

Chicago South Suburbs

Save precious time by having professionals tackle errands with personal shopping and grocery delivery

$29.99 $14.99

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Mexican Dinner Cuisine for Two or More at Tequila Restaurante (Up to 50% Off)

Tequila Restaurante

Multiple Locations

Authentic Mexican dishes crafted with housemade ingredients, served on tables adorned with linen and flowers in candle-lit eatery

$50 $25

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Frozen Yogurt at Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt (Up to 40% Off)

Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt

Multiple Locations

Nearly 70 rotating flavors of frozen yogurt, ready to be sprinkled with any combination of dozens of toppings

$10 $6

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Pizza and Italian Sandwiches at Enzo's Restaurant (Up to 48% Off)

Enzo's Restaurant

Chicago Heights

Casual cuisine including sausages adorned with peppers or gravy, juicy Italian beef sandwiches, and thin-crust and deep-dish pizzas

$26.75 $14

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$15 for Three Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Mexican Food at Mr. Burritos and Los Lokos Burritos ($30 Total Value)

Mr. Burritos and Los Lokos Burritos

Multiple Locations

Tacos and burritos stuffed with various vegetarian and meat fillings, such as carne asada, carnitas, and coconut shrimp

$10 $5

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

Forever Yogurt

Multiple Locations

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

$10 $6

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$19.99 for Two Ice-Cream Pies at Cold Stone Creamery ($30 Value)

Cold Stone Creamery

Homewood

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

$30 $19.99

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Pizzeria Cuisine for Dine-In, Pickup, or Both at Mama & Me Pizzeria (Up to 50% Off)

Mama & Me Pizzeria

Homewood

Thin-crust, stuffed, or pan pizzas covered in customizable toppings alongside homemade pasta, baked sandwiches, and salads

$20 $11

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American Steak and Seafood for Up to Two or Four People at Parea (Up to 44% Off)

Parea

Valparaiso

American bar and grill sears Atlantic salmon, T-bones, and pours Bells, Stella Artrois, and Brother Thelonious drafts

$45 $25

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Spanish Tapas and Drinks at Don Quijote Restaurant (Up to 47% Off). Two Options Available.

Don Quijote Restaurant

Valparaiso

Menu with 25 different Spanish tapas dishes ideal for sharing served alongside wine or housemade sangria

$40 $22

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$16 for $30 Worth of Homestyle Fare at Durbins. Six Locations.

Durbin's

Multiple Locations

Pub eats include mushroom swiss burger, corned beef on rye, barbecue ribs, and stuffed pizza

$30 $16

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$12 for $20 Worth of Pizza at Kenootz Pizzeria

Kenootz Pizza

Midlothian

Chefs choose from more than a dozen toppings to stuff deep-dish pizzas and prepare Italian classics such as meat ravioli and stromboli

$20 $12

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Specialty Pastas, Steaks, and Seafood at Bella Mia (Up to 50% Off). Four Options Available.

Bella Mia Ristorante

Midlothian

Chefs prepare classic Italian dishes like linguine alfredo, grilled octopus, chicken vesuvio, and prime cuts of filet mignon

$50 $25

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$14 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $12 Worth of Diner Food at Silver Flash Restaurant ($24 Total Value)

Silver Flash Restaurant

Posen

Classic breakfast dishes and diner staples from a massive 19-page menu

$12 $7

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Seasonal Martini-Making Class, Cheese Board and Vodka for One or Two at Mid Oak Distillery (Up to 80% Off)

Mid Oak Distillery

Midlothian

Students make fall and winter cocktails using locally made vodka during a hands-on class that includes artisan cheese board

$80 $22

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Irish Pub Food for Two or Four at Sullivan's Irish Pub & Eatery (45% Off)

Sullivan's Irish Pub & Eatery

Midlothian

Irish staples such as corned beef and cabbage, shepherd's pie, and pints of Guinness at South Side pub with a patio open all four seasons

$20 $11

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Sunday Breakfast Buffet with Mimosas for Two or Weekday Breakfast for Two at Tavern on La Grange (Up to 50% Off)

Tavern on La Grange

Countryside

On Sundays, mimosas add a sparkle to the morning as groups pick and choose hot items from the breakfast buffet; classic breakfast other days

$16 $9

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Italian Cuisine for Dinner on Friday–Saturday or Sunday–Thursday at Zaza's (Up to 50% Off)

Zaza's

Westmont

Entrees of housemade gnocchi, thin-crust pizzas, seafood, and veal decorate tables between sun-colored walls

$40 $25

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Sushi or Hibachi at Bistro Nami (Up to 38% Off)

Bistro Nami

Westmont

Hibachi chefs sizzle up cuts of steak and marinated beef short rib as sushi chefs roll up super white tuna and striped bass into maki

$40 $25

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$30 for $50 Worth of Italian Cuisine at Scapa Italian Kitchen

Scapa Italian Kitchen

Clarendon Hills

Starters such as butternut squash risotto or margherita pizzette complement butternut squash ravioli, scallops, and other Italian entrees

$50 $30

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Olives, Olive Oils, Giardiniera, or $10 for $20 Worth of Italian Groceries at Formella Gourmet

Formella Gourmet

Countryside

Since 1909, Formella family members have preserved original Sicilian recipes, using garlic, fresh tomatoes and vegetables, and rich cheeses

$20 $10

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$25 for $40 Worth of Mexican Cuisine for Dinner for Two or More at Aguamiel

Aguamiel

Clarendon Hills

Former Frontera Grill chef whips up empanadas stuffed with rotating fillings, salmon in a peanut-mole sauce, and braised short ribs

$40 $25

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Mexican Food for Two or Four or More at Los Angeles Café (Up to 43% Off)

Los Angeles Café

Multiple Locations

Sizzling fajitas, hefty burritos, and generous dollops of fresh guacamole

$20 $12

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$16 for $30 Worth of East Asian Cuisine and Drinks at Sesame Inn

Sesame Inn

Sesame Inn

Traditional food from China, Japan, and Thailand with sushi combos and 17 types of stir-fry

$30 $16

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Pizza at Dream's Pizzeria Bar and Banquet (Up to 52% Off). Two Options Available.

Dream's Pizzeria Bar and Banquet

Oak Forest

Expansive menu goes beyond just pizza, with pastas such as spaghetti with meatballs and hot sandwiches such as the sausage and beef combo

$25 $12

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$15 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $15 Worth of Dining at Lucky's Drive-In ($30 Value)

Lucky's Drive-In

Oak Forest

Whether you order from the comfort of your car or in the welcoming dining room, Lucky’s puts together top-notch Chicago-style eats

$15 $7.50

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Standup for Two and Tickets to a Future Show at Riddles Comedy Club (Up to 75% Off)

Riddles Comedy Club

Riddles Comedy Club

Weekend sets from nationally touring comedians such as Damon Williams and Meechie Hall

$75 $19

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$25 for $50 Worth of Steak-House Cuisine for Dinner at Luby's Pub & Steakhouse

Luby's Pub & Steakhouse

Tinley Park

Chefs whip up classic entrees such as lake perch sautéed in lemon butter, rosemary pork chops, and filet mignon topped with blue cheese

$50 $25

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Italian Cuisine at Parmesans Station and Parmesans Wood Stone Pizza (Up to 50% Off). Three Options Available.

Parmesans Station and Parmesans Wood Stone Pizza

Multiple Locations

Stuffed breads, pastas, and pizzas baked over wood in stone oven and paired with wine; new Tinley Park location also hosts parties up to 120

$20 $10

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Create Your Own Creations, Small Round Cake, or Signature Pies at Cold Stone Creamery (Up to 28% Off)

Cold Stone Creamery

Oak Lawn

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

$8.39 $6

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$16 for $30 Worth of Sushi and Drinks at Sushi Thaime

Sushi Thaime

Sushi Thaime

Sushi rolls with fresh yellowtail, eel, or salmon; marinated Korean-beef short ribs charbroiled to perfection

$30 $16

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Starters with Pizza or Small Plates, or Carry-Out at SIP Appetizer Bar (Up to 54% Off)

SIP Appetizer Bar

Oak Lawn

Mediterranean-inspired small plates such as bacon-wrapped dates, goat cheese-stuffed lamb meatballs, and thin-crust pizzas

$20 $13

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$10 for a Chocolate Tasting for Two with Six Pieces of Chocolate and Two Toasted Almond Mocha Lattes at Leonidas Chocolate Café ($19.10 Value)

Leonidas Chocolate Café

Multiple Locations

Toasted almond mocha lattes and staff-picked tasting selection of truffles, caramels, cream-filled pralines made with pure 100% cocoa butter

$19.10 $10

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$11 for a $20 Cosmic Card Good for Frozen Kefir, Freshly Squeezed Juices, and Parfaits at Starfruit

Starfruit

Multiple Locations

Kefir-based frozen treats with low-fat flavors that include 10 live probiotics that strengthen immune systems; great holiday gift

$20 $11

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Vietnamese Meal for Two or Four at Little Vietnam Restaurant (50% Off)

Little Vietnam Restaurant

Chicago

Vietnamese eatery dishes out spring rolls, beef kebabs, lemongrass kebabs, braised catfish in a clay pot, and pineapple calamari

$64 $32

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"Hitch*Cocktails" at The Annoyance Theatre & Bar, November 21–February 27 (Up to 40% Off)

"Hitch*Cocktails" at The Annoyance Theatre & Bar

The Annoyance Theatre

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Skilled improvisors and live jazz pianist create a feature-length thriller in the style of Hichcock using suggestions from the audience

$20 $12

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$35 for a Ticket to The Dinner Party with Celebs and host Elysabeth Alfano on Monday, Dec. 1 ($49 Value)

The Dinner Party

West Loop

Join host Elysabeth Alfano for dinner and conversation with a best-selling author, a theater critic, an actor, and a famous chef

$49 $35

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Tacos and Margaritas at Taco Joint (Up to 46% Off)

Taco Joint

Multiple Locations

Chef Edgar Torres crafts Mexican dishes featuring handmade tortillas and homemade salsas

$40 $24

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Deli Sandwiches or Entrees Dinner for Two or Four at Manny's Cafeteria and Delicatessen (Up to 45% Off)

Manny's Cafeteria and Delicatessen

South Loop

4th-generation deli owners craft classic dishes such as corned beef reubens, short ribs, and pastrami in a cafeteria setting; free parking

$43.80 $25

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Brunch at City Winery ($93 Value)

City Winery

West Loop

Elegant winery with on-tap, Chicago-made wines paired with Mediterranean-inspired shared plates

$93 $40

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American Brunch Fare and Drinks for Two or Four at Hutch American Bistro (Up to 60% Off)

Hutch American Bistro

Lakeview

Enjoy a lineup of classic and inventive spins on brunch, including chorizo benedicts, chicken and waffles, roasted mushrooms

$52 $23

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"You Had Me at En Vogue" for Two at The Second City on November 1–December 6 (Up to 42% Off)

"You Had Me at En Vogue"

Donny's Skybox Theatre

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Cast of Urban Twist skewers pop culture and stereotypes in their latest revue

$26 $15

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The Second City's Deep Cuts or Improv All-Stars at UP Comedy Club on September 1–December 15 (Up to 43% Off)

The Second City's Deep Cuts or Improv All-Stars

UP Comedy Club

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Annoyance Theatre founder Mick Napier directs a cast of top improv talent; revue about living in the Internet age collects past sketches

$24.50 $17

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Prix Fixe Dinner for Two or Four at Ethiopian Diamond Restaurant (Up to 49% Off)

Ethiopian Diamond Restaurant

Multiple Locations

Shared stew-like Ethiopian dishes featuring lamb, beef, chicken, or vegan bean-and-veggie blends

$67 $35

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$32 for a 60-Minute Guided Beer Sampling at Beermiscuous ($56.50 Value)

Beermiscuous

Lakeview

Guests sample six craft beers while learning about their brewers and histories, then enjoy a beer at the café

$56.50 $32

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Comedy Show for Two or Four at iO Theater Through January 14 (Up to 50% Off)

iO Chicago

iO Improv

The troupe has spawned hordes of comic luminaries in the last 30 years, including Mike Myers, Chris Farley, and Tina Fey

$28 $14

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Lunch or Dinner for Two at Burger Bar Chicago (Up to 32% Off)

Burger Bar Chicago

Lincoln Park

Beef, bison, elk, and curried-pork burgers with unconventional toppings such as port wine glaze and tomato chutney; dozens of craft beers

$44 $30

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Upscale Mexican Dinner for Two or Four at Ay Chiwowa (Up to 55% Off)

Ay Chiwowa

Near North Side

Michelin-rated chef Kevin Hickey brings his careful touch to the new menu, with bacon al pastor tacos and guacamole with mango and pepitas

$72 $35

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Day Trip to Michigan Wine Country with Lunch, Tastings, and Round-Trip Transportation Included (47% Off)

Michigan Wine-County Day Trip

Chicago

Visit 4 Michigan wineries and taste up to 20 wines during a 9-hour excursion with a hearty lunch and round-trip transportation included

$150 $79

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Up to 50% Off Asian-Fusion Cuisine at Asian Outpost. Two Options Available.

Asian Outpost

South Loop

Family recipes spanning generations fill up the menu; ramen, sushi, fried chicken, and Asian barbecue have equal billing

$40 $20

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Burger Meal or Saturday Brunch for Two or Four at Rockit Burger Bar (Up to 39% Off)

Rockit Burger Bar

Lakeview

Gourmet burgers made with ingredients such as Angus beef, ghost pepper aioli, and gruyère cheese, or brunch with waffles and burritos

$40 $26

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

Argo Tea Café

Multiple Locations

Sip specialty tea drinks such as Teappucino and Carolina Honey while snacking on brie-and-cherry paninis and pumpkin-spice muffins

$25 $15

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Lobster-Roll Meal for Two or Four, or One Dozen Lobster Rolls with Chowder or Lobster Mac (Up to 49% Off)

Da Lobsta

Multiple Locations

Da Lobsta stuffs New England buns with tarragon mayo & chilled lobster meat; tops buns with butter

$31.40 $20

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One or Two Bottles of Wine with Meats and Cheeses at 694 Wine & Spirits (50% Off)

694 Wine & Spirits

694 Wine & Spirits

Boutique wines pair with olive platters, cheese plates, and Armandino Batali artisan-cured meats

$78 $39

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Dinner and Drinks for Two, Four, or Ten at Kit Kat Lounge & Supper Club (Up to 56% Off). Three Options Available.

Kit Kat Lounge & Supper Club

Lakeview

Female impersonators put on a show every 30 minutes as diners clink martini glasses and trade bites of savory entrees

$95 $45

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$30 for $50 Worth of Mexican Fare and Killer Margaritas at Cesar’s Restaurant

Cesar's Restaurant

Chicago

Spacious Mexican restaurant boasts full bar that mixes up Killer Margaritas & menu of flavorful classics in plentiful portions

$50 $30

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Steaks and Seafood, Valid Sunday–Thursday or Any Day at Mecca Supper Club (Up to 50% Off)

Mecca Supper Club

Edison Park

Surf ‘n’ turf entrees including center-cut strip steak, baked stuffed shrimp, and homemade pizzas dressed in italian beef and peppers

$30 $15

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$29 for Wine Flights and Charcuterie for Two at Rittergut Wine Bar Restaurant & Social Club (Up to $57 Value)

Rittergut Wine Bar Restaurant & Social Club

The Loop

Flights of three sparkling, white, or red wines bring forth the nutty-sweet flavors of imported cheeses & smoky hints in charcuterie noshes

$57 $29

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Pub Food and Drinks or Private Party at Headquarters Beercade (Up to 40% Off)

Headquarters Beercade

Multiple Locations

Bar and arcade entertains patrons with retro games, craft beers, and updated comfort food

$25 $15

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One or Three Groupons, Each Good for $12 Worth of Ice Cream at Bobtail Ice Cream Company (50% Off)

Bobtail Ice Cream Company

Lakeview

Ice-cream recipes written by three generations of ice-cream makers; sundaes, banana splits, and ice-cream cookie sandwiches

$12 $6

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$69 for a Mexican Dinner for Two at Frontera Grill. Groupon Reservation Required.

Frontera Grill

Near North Side

Celebrate with margaritas and a two-course dinner at “Top Chef Master” and James Beard Award–winner Rick Bayless’s flagship restaurant

$97.75 $69

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Catering or Deli Food at Bergstein's NY Deli (Up to 50% Off)

Bergstein's NY Deli

Hyde Park

Chef Rachel Davis dishes up deli favorites, including corned-beef and pastrami sandwiches, soups, and smoked fish straight from Brooklyn

$10 $5

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Pizza with Garlic Knots at Big G's Pizza (Up to 55% Off). Four Options Available.

Big G's Pizza

Lakeview

Choose from classic pepperoni or cheese pizza, or enjoy a gourmet pizza filled with ingredients such as bacon, pulled pork, and red peppers

$22 $10

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Contemporary American Pub Food and Drinks or Event Catering at The Big Cheese on Lincoln (Up to 50% Off)

The Big Cheese on Lincoln

The Big Cheese on Lincoln

Nosh on grilled-cheese sandwiches, chicken wings, and fried pickles while washing down each flavorful bite with a cold one

$10 $5

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Mexican Dinner for Two or Four with Appetizers and Entrees at Sergio's Place (Up to 47% Off)

Sergio's Place

Chicago

Mexico City native who learned to cook from his mom crafts nine salsas, handmade tortillas, fish tacos, and tamales

$52 $28

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Middle Eastern Food for Two or Four at Salam (Up to 52% Off)

Salam

Salam Restaurant – Fullerton

Platters of kabobs, shawarma, falafel, fish, and other proteins with salad and rice; option for dine-in or carry-out

$25 $12

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Chinese Food, Sushi, and Smoothies for Dine-In or Takeout at Hong Kong Express (Up to 50% Off)

Hong Kong Express

Chicago

Egg foo young, mongolian beef, and other Chinese dishes; sushi rolls; fresh fruit smoothies

$20 $10

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BYOB Dinner for Two, Four, or Eight or Weekday Brunch for Two at Whisk (Up to 47% Off)

WHISK

Chicago

Ron Swanson-inspired eatery serves hearty brunch food by day, and by night cooked-to-order burgers (with more brunch food)

$30 $17

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$12 for $20 Worth of American Food for Dinner at Jam 'n Honey

Jam 'n Honey

DePaul

Inventive takes on American classics, such as a chipotle-barbecue-chicken wrap and the B.L.A.S.T., a BLT with avocado and shrimp

$20 $12

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Pub Food and Drinks at Hard Water Bar and Grill (Up to 47% Off). Two Options Available.

Hard Water Bar and Grill

Chicago

Featuring 30 high-definition screens and a heated, enclosed outdoor beer garden, restaurant serves pub appetizers, burgers, and pizzas

$30 $16

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$30 for $50 Worth of Greek Cuisine at Pegasus Restaurant and Taverna

Pegasus Restaurant and Taverna

Near West Side

Diners drop off cars for free valet parking, then feast on spanakopita and broiled sea bass by Mediterranean murals or on rooftop veranda

$50 $30

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$16 for $30 Worth of Italian Food at Franco's Ristorante

Franco's Ristorante

Armour Square

In a dining room that resembles an Italian villa, guests feast on bruschetta, roasted pork chops, and Atlantic salmon with garlic polenta

$30 $16

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Indian Dinner for Two at Hema's Kitchen (Up to 46% Off). Two Locations Available.

Hema's Kitchen

Multiple Locations

Harkening to owner Hema Potla’s native India, chefs grind fresh herbs and spices for dishes such as tandoor-cooked meats, curry, and samosas

$24 $13

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Eight-Course Mediterranean Tapas Menu for Two at Nia Restaurant (27% Off). Groupon Reservation Required.

Nia Mediterranean Restaurant

West Town

Hot and cold tapas such as citrus ceviche, housemade sausage, bacon-wrapped dates, and grilled calamari

$66 $48

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Afghan Meal for Two or Four at Afghan Kabob (Up to 44% Off)

Afghan Kabob

Mayfair

Enjoy unique Middle Eastern options such as leek dumplings in a garlic yogurt sauce, catfish kabobs, and sauteed butternut sauce with herbs

$25 $15

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Cookies or Nibblers in a Cookie Tin at Mrs. Fields (Up to 55% Off). Two Options Available.

Mrs. Fields

West Loop

Freshly baked goods come in classic cookie or nibbler size and include flavors such as milk-chocolate chip and peanut butter

$33 $16.99

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Two Groupons, Each Good for $15 Worth of Food for Two People for Dine-In or Carry-Out at Relish (47% Off)

Relish

Chicago

A menu of classic American street foods includes hot dogs, burgers, polish sausages, tacos, chicken wings, and hand-cut fries

$15 $8

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At some point, every customer of JJ's Pizza Shack should order the Kitchen Sink pizza, a behemoth of a pie that is topped with sausage, bacon, canadian bacon, pepperoni, ham, cheese, and veggies and proudly touted as the pizzeria's trademark dish. But until they build up the appetite for such a meaty undertaking, customers can try other specialty traditional-crust and deep-dish pies such as taco pizza or a veggie pizza with mushrooms and green peppers. In addition to 'za, JJ's kitchen also serves pasta, double cheeseburgers, and foot-long sandwiches on toasted French bread.

3146 Central Ave
Lake Station,
IN
US

Antonio and Rosa DeRosa came from a long line of merchants who sold Italian staples such as pasta, olive oil, and wine in Montedecoro, Italy. The family was well known around Naples for these provisions, and when Antonio and Rosa immigrated to America in 1926, they stocked their business, DeRosa Imports, with these same Old World staples.

Today, grandson Anthony DeRosa runs the shop, where he upholds tradition by importing extra-virgin Sicilian olive oil, Italian espresso, and pastas ranging from rigatoni to gnocchi. Over time, the family has expanded their selection to include products from countries such as Croatia and Serbia. Artisanal pickles, sauces, and jams infused with rose hips or sour cherries line the shelves, along with bottles of wine to pair with dinner or pour on thirsty houseplants.

118 N Broad St
Griffith,
IN
US

In 1966, taxi drivers Sam Levine and Fred Bartoli finally became fed up with their stop-and-go lives full of honking horns and rush-hour traffic. So they shut off their engines, handed in their keys, and took root. Along with pal George Loverde, they invested in property just off the bustling Magnificent Mile, but then didn?t know what to do with it. According to a 2004 profile in the Chicago Tribune, they got their direction when someone finally said, ?Put pizza in it.?

Today, Gino?s still stands at its original spot on Michigan and Superior but has also stretched to 10 other city and suburban locations. Whether dining downtown or in St. Charles, customers find Alice Mae?s signature crust piled with mounds of cheese, sauce made from vine-ripened tomatoes, and plenty of fresh toppings?from sausage and pepperoni to jalape?os and ground beef. Hot from the oven, pizzas arrive at tables snuggled inside seasoned deep-dish pans, ready to welcome a fork and knife. Thin-crust varieties are also available for those who don?t know how to work silverware, as is a bounty of sandwiches.

10343 Indianapolis Boulevard
Highland,
IN
US

Originally located in a converted house that could only seat 20 people, Sanfratello's has grown over the years to four locations in Illinois and Indiana. At each of these, family recipes for authentic Italian cuisine yield classic creations such as shrimp Alfredo and meatball sandwiches. Petite pan pizzas host deep layers of sauce and cheese, while thin crusts, like the mouths of most competitive shouting champions, can stretch up to 17-inches wide.

2100 45th St.
Highland,
IN
US

Theo’s Steaks & Seafood showcases fresh fish flown in daily and premium meats aged for up to 20 days that are hand-cut on the premises. The menu’s newly plucked fruits of the sea include a New Zealand orange roughy topped with lemon butter and crabmeat ($16.95), and a medley of shrimp and scallops tossed with fettuccine and drizzled in the kitchen’s creamy homemade alfredo sauce ($18.95). An 18-ounce bone-in rib eye piggybacks tender texture on top of rich flavor and sports both a signature marbling and a rakishly tilted fedora ($26.95). Among the eatery’s Pavlovian-pooch-shaming proteins, a pair of thick, center-cut pork chops arrives bearing hickory sauce and oozing succulence ($16.95). Customers can dine inside among cushioned chairs and colorful wall murals, or on the restaurant's outdoor patio during warmer months. All entrees come with complimentary fresh-baked bread and cheese spread, and a rhyming dictionary to assist diners with the composition of paeans to the chef.

9144 Indianapolis Blvd
Highland,
IN
US

In 1966, taxi drivers Sam Levine and Fred Bartoli finally became fed up with their stop-and-go lives full of honking horns and rush-hour traffic. So they shut off their engines, handed in their keys, and took root. Along with pal George Loverde, they invested in property just off the bustling Magnificent Mile, but then didn?t know what to do with it. According to a 2004 profile in the Chicago Tribune, they got their direction when someone finally said, ?Put pizza in it.?

Though the rest is history, it wasn?t quite easy. Bartoli and Loverde came from Italian and Sicilian backgrounds, but neither knew the key to a good pizza. It wasn?t until they hired Alice Mae Redmond, the woman responsible for the dough at Pizzeria Uno, that the Gino's East Chicagoans know and love was truly born. Although Alice Mae retired back in 1989, the recipe for her flaky, golden deep-dish pizza crust lives on.

Today, Gino?s still stands at its original spot on Michigan and Superior but has also stretched to 10 other city and suburban locations. Whether dining downtown or in St. Charles, customers find Alice Mae?s signature crust piled with mounds of cheese, sauce made from vine-ripened tomatoes, and plenty of fresh toppings?from sausage and pepperoni to jalape?os and ground beef. Hot from the oven, pizzas arrive at tables snuggled inside seasoned deep-dish pans, ready to welcome a fork and knife. Thin-crust varieties are also available for those who don?t know how to work silverware, as is a bounty of sandwiches.

10343 Indianapolis Blvd
Highland,
IN
US

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