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

$20 $10

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

Italian Dinner for Two or Four at Ciao Bella Ristorante (50% Off)

Ciao Bella Ristorante

Schererville

$30 $15

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Florence-native chef populates an Italian menu with Mediterranean-style meats and thin-crust pizzas.

$15 for $30 Worth of Irish Food at T.J. Maloney's Authentic Irish Pub

T.J. Maloney's Authentic Irish Pub

Merrillville

$30 $15

Shepherd’s pie, lamb and beef burgers, and fish 'n' chips pepper furniture imported from Dublin

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

La Quesadilla Mexican Grill

La Quesadilla Mexican Grill

$20 $11

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

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

Bottoms Up Bar & Grill

Thornton

$20 $10

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

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

Mama & Me Pizzeria

Homewood

$20 $11

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

$22 for a Distillery Tour for Two with Two Glencairn Glasses at Quincy Street Distillery ($44 Value)

Quincy Street Distillery

Riverside

$44 $22

60- to 90-minute tour of a distillery that produces 12 artisanal, small-batch spirits; each guest brings home a Glencairn glass

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

Smoothie Factory

Portage

$6 $3

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

Cajun Cuisine at Vetavia's Cajun Cafe and Bar (Up to 50% Off). Three Options Available.

Vetavia's Cajun Cafe and Bar

Matteson

$30 $15

Southern favorites such as catfish nuggets, shrimp po-boys, jambalaya, and candied yams at a chandelier-clad spot that's open late

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

Zaza's

Clarendon Hills

$40 $25

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

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

Bistro Nami

Westmont

$40 $25

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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

One or Three Groupons for $22 Worth of Pizza, Sandwiches, and Pub Food at Harry's Sports Bar

Harry's Sports Bar

Countryside

$22 $12

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Sports bar with more than 30 TVs and three projection screens entertains guests devouring wraps, pizzas, and nachos

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

Formella Gourmet

Countryside

$20 $10

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

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

Scapa Italian Kitchen

Clarendon Hills

$109 $60

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

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

$70 $35

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

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

Sullivan's Irish Pub & Eatery

Midlothian

$20 $11

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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

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

Dream's Pizzeria Bar and Banquet

Oak Forest

$25 $12

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

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

Lucky's Drive-In

Oak Forest

$15 $7.50

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

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

Palermo's

Multiple Locations

$18 $10

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

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

Parea

Valparaiso

$45 $25

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

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

Don Quijote Restaurant

Valparaiso

$40 $22

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

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

Sesame Inn

Sesame Inn

$30 $16

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

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

Sushi Thaime

Sushi Thaime

$30 $16

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

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

SIP Appetizer Bar

Oak Lawn

$20 $13

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

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

Fajitas Mexican Restaurant

Burbank

$20 $10

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

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

D'wan Hookah Lounge

Orland Park

$24 $14

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

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

Taj Mahal Restaurant

Orland Park

$20 $10

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

Pasta Bowls, Piadinas, or Salad Bowls and Drinks for 2 or Catering for Up to 18 at Italio (Up to 52% Off)

Italio

Orland Park

$21.86 $12

Build-your-own pasta bowls, salad bowls, and Italian wraps or choose three catering platters

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

The Murder Mystery Company

Multiple Locations

$60 $29

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

One Ticket to "Chef for a Day" with Chef Gaetano at Gioco (Up to 67% Off)

Gioco

South Loop

$300 $99

Hands-on Italian cooking demo with Chef Gaetano, followed by lunch with wine

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

Michigan Wine-County Day Trip

Chicago

$150 $79

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

One Ticket to For the Love of Beer, a Beer-Tasting Event at Blackfinn Ameripub on Wednesday, September 24

Fall Beer-Tasting Event at Blackfinn Ameripub

Blackfinn Ameripub

$21.49 $12

3 hours of casual merriment at a sports bar in the heart of River North includes bar bites, samples of 6 fall beers, and $3 pints thereafter

Italian Cuisine at Fornello Trattoria (Half Off). Four Options Available.

Fornello Trattoria

Lakeview

$40 $22

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Margherita pizza, eggplant parmigiana, homemade lasagna, and pumpkin ravioli

Tacos, Burgers, and Po' Boys for Two or Four at Big & little's (40% Off)

Big & little's

Multiple Locations

$20 $12

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Hell’s Kitchen chef creates an internationally inspired menu that showcases crab po' boys, ahi tacos, and beer-battered cheeseburgers

Peruvian Food at Ceviche (50% Off).

Ceviche

Chicago

$30 $15

Ceviches including jumbo shrimp, tilapia, muscles, and octopus; Lima-style sauteed beef; lamb cooked with Inca corn beer; and fried tilapia

The Dinner Detective Chicago in Chicago or Schaumburg (Up to 50% Off)

The Dinner Detective Chicago

Multiple Locations

$92.09 $46

Amateur sleuths dig into delectable multi-course meals while trying to solve a mysterious murder perpetuated by disguised actors

Upscale Kebabs, Fondue, and American Cuisine for Dinner for Two or Four at mEAT on Chestnut (42% Off)

mEAT on Chestnut

Chicago

$60 $35

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Juicy cuts of high-quality beef and pork are skewered alongside fresh seafood at an upscale restaurant specializing in kebabs

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

The Edge Bar and Grille

Lincoln Park

$22 $12

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

$18 for 3 Groupons, Each Good for a Half-Chicken and Three Sides at Crazy Bird Chicken ($30 Value)

Crazy Bird Chicken

Chicago

$10 $6

Using a 100-year-old family recipe, chef Larry fries every piece of chicken to order and serves sides like mac n' cheese

Sushi and Japanese Food at Nori (Up to 51% Off)

Nori

Wicker Park

$45 $22

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Chefs wrap maki rolls and stir-fry noodles at the Bucktown/Wicker Park outpost of this BYOB sushi bar

$16 for $30 Worth of Japanese Food at Ringo Japanese Kitchen

Ringo Japanese Kitchen

DePaul

$30 $16

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Located in the heart of Lincoln Park since 1999, patrons dine on specialty sushi rolls such as firecracker roll with tuna & tempura crunch

Boneless Half Ham or $50 for $100 Worth of Catering and Party Platters at HoneyBaked Ham

HoneyBaked Ham

Lakeview

$44.50 $22.25

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Hams smoked for up to 24 hours serve up to 10; party platters ideal for game-watching, tailgating, and other gatherings

General-Admission or VIP Entry to Independent Spirits Expo on Tuesday, September 30 at Hilton Downtown (51% Off)

Independent Spirits Expo

The Hilton

$65 $32

Taste indie distilleries' artisinal spirits such as whiskeys, vodkas, and mezcals; VIPs get early access

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

Treasure Island Foods

Lincoln Park

$48 $25

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

Evening with Mr. Dick Gregory or Comedy Night With Luenell at Castle on Nov. 16 or Dec. 7 (Up to 69% Off)

An Evening with Mr. Dick Gregory or Comedy Night With Luenell

Castle

$53.74 $25

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Sets from comedy legend Dick Gregory or popular standup and actress Luenell

Southern Breakfast or Dinner at Wishbone (Up to 50% Off). Four Options Available.

Wishbone Restaurant

Near West Side

$20 $11

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"Southern reconstruction" dishes at a Chicago favorite celebrating 24 years in business range from jambalaya omelets to crawfish cakes

American Meal with Drinks for Two or $28 for $40 Worth of Carryout at State Restaurant

State Restaurant

DePaul

$40 $28

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Sports bar creates upscale food like the caprese salad, spaghetti marinara, turkey BLT, filet mignon burger, and truffle macaroni and cheese

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

Cesar's Restaurant

Chicago

$20 $10

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

Groceries at Family Fruit Market (Up to 31% Off). Two Options Available.

Family Fruit Market

Portage Park

$30 $22

Continually rotated seasonal produce, USDA Choice meats for the grill, imported European groceries, and bulk snacks at a neighborhood market

Lunch or Wine and Cheese at City Winery (Up to 58% Off)

City Winery

West Loop

$60 $25

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

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

Zapatista

Multiple Locations

$40 $25

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

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

$25 $13

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

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

$24.50 $17

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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

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

Ethiopian Diamond Restaurant

Multiple Locations

$67 $35

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

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

Asian Outpost

South Loop

$40 $20

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

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

Frontera Grill

Near North Side

$97.75 $69

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

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

Cité

Near North Side

$60 $30

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

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

Bergstein's NY Deli

Hyde Park

$10 $5

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

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

La Gondola Italian Restaurant

Lakeview

$91 $55

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

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

$10 $5

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

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

Salam

Salam Restaurant – Fullerton

$25 $12

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

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

Jam 'n Honey

DePaul

$20 $12

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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

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

Franco's Ristorante

Armour Square

$30 $16

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

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

Nia Mediterranean Restaurant

West Town

$66 $48

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

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

Relish

Chicago

$15 $8

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

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

Fiorentino's Cucina Italiana

Lakeview

$0 $60

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

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

On the Bun

Lakeview

$32.80 $16

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

Burgers and Beer for Two or Four at Papi Chulo's Bar & Grill (Up to 51% Off)

Papi Chulo's Bar & Grill

Chicago

$25.50 $13

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

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

Burger Joint

Chicago

$20 $12

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

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

Taco Chino

Albany Park

$10 $5

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

$13 for $25 Worth of Ramen and Japanese Cuisine at Ajida

Ajida

The Loop

$25 $13

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Fresh noodles made in house daily by head chef; skewered, grilled meats such as chicken with wasabi mayo and thinly sliced beef

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 Contemporary American Cuisine at L26 Restaurant

L26 Restaurant

The South Loop

$40 $20

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Signature modern American entrées and small plates served in an elegant, upscale setting

$11 for $20 Worth of Organic & Wild Harvest Herbs, Teas, Spices, and Essential Oil at B’Gabs Goodies

B'Gabs Goodies

Hyde Park

$20 $11

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Stock up on organic and wildcrafted pantry essentials such as flavorful herbs, eclectic spices, teas, packs of incense, and essential oils

Sushi and Japanese Food at Ukai (Up to 47% Off). Two Options Available.

Ukai

Lakeview

$30 $16

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Maki rolls themed after Chicago sports teams appear alongside entrees such as pork ramen, salmon teriyaki, and udon noodle soup

Chinese and Thai Dinner Cuisine at Jin Asian Cafe (45% Off). Two Options Available.

Jin Asian Cafe

Chicago

$20 $11

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Chefs prepare regional Asian dishes, such as egg foo young, pad thai, red and green curries, and teriyaki, with fresh ingredients

$62 for a Three-Day Juice Cleanse at Patel's Cafe ($140 Value)

Patel's Cafe

West Rogers Park

$140 $62

Indian juice bar blends fresh ingredients for juice cleanses that inspire overall wellbeing

$25 for $40 Worth Japanese Dinner at Agami

Agami Sushi & Grill

Uptown

$40 $25

Specialty sushi rolls and sashimi, Agami style ramen, and entrees such as chilean sea bass and chicken teriyaki

Chinese-Latino Fusion Meal with Drinks for Two or Four at Si Fu Chino Latino Kitchen (Up to 50% Off)

Si Fu Chino Latino Kitchen

Chicago

$25.20 $13

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Combine two of America's most popular cuisines with mongolian-beef tacos, stir-fry with cilantro-lime chicken, or barbecue-pork burritos

Select Local Merchants

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

Griffith Scene