Food & Drink in Griffith

$20 Off Your Bill or a Five-Visit Punch Card Good for $10 Off Your Bill on Each Visit at Sanfratello's

Sanfratello's

Multiple Locations

Thin- and pan-crust pizzas, pasta, and paninis for dine-in, carry-out, or delivery; new Highland location boasts wall murals and booths

$20 $10

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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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$9.99 for Three Groupons, Each Good for One 16-Oz. Energy Bowl at Jamba Juice (Up to $19.47 Total Value)

Jamba Juice

Multiple Locations

New made-to-order Energy Bowls include fresh fruit, Greek yogurt, and organic granola

$6.49 $3.33

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Mexican Cuisine at La Quesadilla Mexican Grill (48% Off). Two Options Available.

La Quesadilla Mexican Grill

La Quesadilla Mexican Grill

Fresh ingredients and family recipes inform a menu of Mexican staples including fish tacos and housemade horchata

$20 $11

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Bar and Grill Food at Bottoms Up Bar & Grill (Up to 53% Off). Two Options Available.

Bottoms Up Bar & Grill

Thornton

Guests munch on burgers or fresh seafood as live bands jam in an outdoor beer garden and sporting events flash across 25 TVs

$20 $10

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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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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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$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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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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$10 for Two Groupons, Each Good for Two Like It Sizes at Cold Stone Creamery ($16 Value)

Cold Stone Creamery

Homewood

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

$8 $5

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$3 for Five 32-Ounce Smoothies with a Nutritional Boost at Smoothie Factory (a $32.40 total value)

Smoothie Factory

Portage

Real-fruit smoothies in more than 30 flavors such as Pineapple Passion and Cranberry Crush

$6 $3

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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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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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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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Dinner for Two or Four at Scapa Italian Kitchen (Up to 47% Off)

Scapa Italian Kitchen

Clarendon Hills

Starters such as lobster mac and cheese or margherita pizzette; entrees ranging from butternut squash ravioli to scallops and risotto

$109 $60

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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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Two or Four Pub Entrees with Drinks or $25 for $35 Worth of Pub Food for Carryout at Island Sports Bar and Grill

Island Sports Bar and Grill

Blue Island

Customers dine on buffalo chicken wraps, rib sandwiches, and wings dressed in 11 sauces

$70 $35

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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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$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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Seasonal Martini-Making Class, Cheese Board and Vodka for One or Two at Mid Oak Distillery (Up to 78% Off)

Mid Oak Distillery

Midlothian

Students make tropical summer cocktails using locally made vodka during a hands-on class that includes artisan cheese board

$80 $25

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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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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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$20 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $18 Worth of Italian Food for Carryout at Palermo's ($36 Total Value)

Palermo's

Multiple Locations

Classic thin crust, deep dish or stuffed pizzas with signature sweet sauce; Italian sandwiches, pasta dishes, and entrées

$18 $10

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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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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 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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$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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Frozen Yogurt at Sweet Frog Premium Frozen Yogurt (45% Off). Two Options Available.

Sweet Frog

Frankfort

75 frozen-yogurt flavor combinations, such as salty caramel, cookies ‘n’ cream, and cake batter

$20 $11

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$10 for $20 Worth of Mexican Cuisine at Fajitas Mexican Restaurant

Fajitas Mexican Restaurant

Burbank

Traditional Mexican cuisine includes homemade chips and salsa, tacos and burritos chock-full of meats, and huevos rancheros

$20 $10

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Indian Food for Lunch or Dinner at Taj Mahal Restaurant (Up to 50% Off)

Taj Mahal Restaurant

Orland Park

Family recipes used to create vegetarian and nonvegetarian entrees, such as chicken curry, shrimp vindaloo, and vegetable korma

$20 $10

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$10 for Two Groupons, Each Good for Two Like-It Sized Treats at Cold Stone Creamery ($16 Value)

Cold Stone Creamery

Orland Park

Blend mix-ins such as blueberries or brownies into a choice of ice cream flavors, including seasonal options such as pumpkin or candy cane

$8 $5

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Food and Hookah at D'wan Hookah Lounge (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

D'wan Hookah Lounge

Orland Park

Freshly packed hookahs filled with aromatic blends of tobacco including safari melon dew, citrus mint, and tangerine dream

$24 $14

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$10 for $20 Worth of Family-Style Italian Cuisine at Buca di Beppo

Buca di Beppo

Multiple Locations

Gather family and friends for unique Italian-American dishes that include Cheesy Bread Florentine, Veal Parmigiana, and Baked Ziti

$20 $10

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$26 for 20 Wings or Two Appetizers with Four Beers for Two People at Philly T's (Up to a $52 Value)

Philly T's

Palos Hills

Glasses of frothy beer paired with wings, nachos, or mozzarella sticks; sports every night

$52 $26

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Italian Cuisine for Dinner or Lunch for Two or More at Ciao Ristorante (45% Off)

Ciao Ristoranté

Palos Hills

Traditional Italian seafood pastas, veal piccata, lasagna, and chicken parmesan served in a serene, low-lit dining room

$20 $11

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Dinner Show for One or Two from The Murder Mystery Company (52% Off)

The Murder Mystery Company

Multiple Locations

Interactive dinnertime murder mystery that stars professional actors tests diners’ sleuthing skills throughout a multicourse meal

$60 $29

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$8 for $14 Worth of Pancakes and Diner Food at IHOP

IHOP

Multiple Locations

The national brand delivers pancakes, eggs, and bacon in varying combinations alongside burgers, sandwiches, and other diner food

$14 $8

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Three-Course Modern-Vietnamese Dinner for Two or Four with Dessert at Saigon Sisters (Up to 44% Off)

Saigon Sisters

Chicago

Start with fresh spring rolls, papaya salad, or bao before choosing from entrees such as wings and pepper tofu, ending with creamy desserts

$70 $40

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$13 for $20 Worth of Shrimp and Seafood at Lawrence's Fish and Shrimp

Lawrence's Fish and Shrimp

South Loop

Large fried shrimp, bone-in catfish, and deep-fried frog legs

$20 $13

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Mexican Food and Margaritas at Cesar's Restaurant (50% Off). Three Options Available.

Cesar's Restaurant

Chicago

Oversized margaritas and classic Mexican dishes such as enchilladas, fajitas, and rellenos, all served in plentiful portions

$20 $10

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Breakfast and Diner Food for Dining In or Take-Out at Pauline's Restaurant, Fullerton Location (Up to 50% Off)

Pauline's Restaurant

Lincoln Park

Lincoln Park diner serves comforting classics like huge pancakes, grilled sirloin burgers, and greek omelets with feta, spinach, and olives

$15 $8

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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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Sandwich Meal for Two or Four or Sandwich Catering Package for 10 from Perry's Deli

Perry's Deli

The Loop

Old World deli with a 30-year history constructs classic and innovative sandwiches packed with sugar-cured bacon and russian dressing

$26.90 $22

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Latino Comedy Night Starring Gina Brillon at Castle on November 9 at 7 p.m. (Up to 55% Off)

Latino Comedy Night starring Gina Brillon

Castle

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Popular New York comedian seen on Comedy Central and in The Fluffy Movie scores huge laughs in a chic nightclub

$22.09 $10

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$25 for a Cooking Class for Two at Treasure Island Foods ($48 Value)

Treasure Island Foods

Lincoln Park

Renowned local and international chefs demonstrate how to create masterful dishes from fresh ingredients to the delight of culinary students

$48 $25

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Mexican Food and Drinks for Two or Four at Zapatista (Up to 44% Off)

Zapatista

Multiple Locations

Shrimp or skirt steak fill fajitas served in heated lava-stone; tacos and enchiladas brim with chicken tinga, beef, or sauteed vegetables

$40 $25

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The Second City's Deep Cuts or Improv All-Stars at UP Comedy Club on September 1–November 10 (Up to 43% Off)

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

UP Comedy Club

Live_logo

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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Deep-Dish or Thin-Crust Pizza for Two or Four at Gino's East (Up to 48% Off). Three Options Available.

Gino's East

Chicago

Meals for two or four with thin-crust pies or deep-dish pizzas baked in seasoned pans using decades-old recipes

$25 $13

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ComedySportz or The Blue Show Improv Show for One or Two with Drinks Through December 13 (Up to 53% Off)

ComedySportz

Lakeview

Comedians add a dash of competitiveness to short-form improv shows, with teams vying for the most audience laughs

$41.25 $24

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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 50% Off)

Hutch American Bistro

Lakeview

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

$52 $29

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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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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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Scotch Tasting for One or Two from EventGeekUSA at Revel on Saturday, December 13, at 6 p.m. (Up to 80% Off)

EventGeekUSA

West Loop

Spend two hours sampling scotch whiskey from six distilleries, listening to smooth jazz, and snacking on light appetizers

$149 $39

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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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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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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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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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$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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$30 for $60 Worth of Contemporary French-American Cuisine with Panoramic Skyline Views at Cité 

Cité

Near North Side

360-degree views of Navy Pier and the city surround diners as they enjoy contemporary French cuisine on the 70th floor

$60 $30

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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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Dinner for Two or Four at La Gondola Italian Restaurant (40% Off)

La Gondola Italian Restaurant

Lakeview

Hand-tossed dough yields deep-dish pizza, and a signature breading cloaks calamari in an awarded eatery rated by Zagat 20 years in row

$91 $55

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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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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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$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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$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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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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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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Italian Prix Fixe Dinner for Two or Four with Appetizers and Dessert at Fiorentino's Cucina Italiana

Fiorentino's Cucina Italiana

Lakeview

Rustic Italian eatery featured on Check, Please! serves seafood, pasta, and tiramisu in the cozy dining room or on the covered patio

$0 $60

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Two or Four Burgers with Sides and Drinks at On the Bun (Up to 53% Off)

On the Bun

Lakeview

Bison burgers, Kobe–style patties, steak burgers, and veggie options with smoky ketchup, barbecue sauce, chipotle-cream, and teriyaki sauce

$32.80 $16

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Burgers and Beer for Two or Four at Papi Chulo's Bar & Grill (Up to 55% Off)

Papi Chulo's Bar & Grill

Chicago

Burgers and draft beer at a beachside bar with beanbag tournaments and flat-screen TVs

$25.50 $12

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Burgers, Hot Dogs, and Gyros at Burger Joint (Up to 45% Off). Two Options Available.

Burger Joint

Chicago

Half-pound burgers piled high with toppings such as gyro, bacon, chili, and avocado

$20 $12

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$15 for Three Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Mexican Fusion Food at Taco Chino ($30 Value)

Taco Chino

Albany Park

Tacos and burritos made with spicy pork and Mexican sausage, plus Korean crossovers such as kimchi quesadillas

$10 $5

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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

The 20 taps at the Beer Geeks' pub are filled with a rotating selection of microbrews and craft beers from around the world. Cask-conditioned ales are the product of the pub’s on-site beer engine, and the rest of the bar's staggering selection beers and ciders come bottled. The bottles include craft brews, mass-produced classics, and Trappist beers brewed at seven Trapist monasteries in Belgium and the Netherlands where monks still make beer by hand. To complement the bitter hops of their suds, Beer Geeks hosts top Chicago blues musicians every Tuesday night.

3030 45th St
Highland,
IN
US

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