Food & Drink in Griffith

Pizza and Italian Food at Sanfratello's (45% Off). Two Options Available.

Sanfratello's

Multiple Locations

Thin- and pan-crust pizzas, pasta, and paninis for dine-in and carry-out

$20 $11

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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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$18 for Two Vouchers, Each Valid for $15 Worth of American Cuisine at Schoop's Hamburgers ($30 Value)

Schoop's Hamburgers

Multiple Locations

Freshly toasted buns cushion award-winning patties topped with crisp bacon, american cheese, or even two other patties

$15 $9

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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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Rib Meals at Kenny's Ribs & Chicken (Up to 35% Off). Two Options Available.

Kenny's Ribs & Chicken

Lansing

Barbecue joint dishes out meals of Chicago–style ribs prepared over an open flame, coleslaw, french fries, and bread

$14.99 $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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Filipino and American Cuisine for Carryout at Barrio Fiesta Filipino Restaurant (Up to 45% Off)

Barrio Fiesta Filipino Restaurant

Calumet City

Filipino and American food includes honey barbecue wings, beef torta with rice, fried pork chops, veggie lumpia, pancit guisado, and lasagna

$20 $11

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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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$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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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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$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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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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Four Portable Cakes in Jars or $20 Worth of Baked Goods at Angelica's Bakery (Up to 42% Off)

Angelica's Bakery

Multiple Locations

Enjoy cakes in flavors such as red velvet, German chocolate, pineapple coconut, or caramel, served in single-portion eight-ounce mason jars

$24 $14

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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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Cuisine at Kenny's Ribs & Chicken and Dusties Southern Style Buffet (Up to 35% Off). Three Options Available.

Kenny's Ribs & Chicken and Dusties Southern Style Buffet

Matteson

Buffet includes fried chicken, spaghetti, greens with turkey, red beans and rice, and tilapia; ribs come with coleslaw, fries, and bread

$15.98 $11

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Appetizers, Steaks, and Drinks at BR Steak Bar and Steakhouse (43% Off). Two Options Available.

BR Steak Bar and Steakhouse

Country Club Hills

Mixed drinks paired with starters and chargrilled steak, from the hand-cut Angus rib eye to a marinated skirt steak, jumbo shrimp and salmon

$30 $17

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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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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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Mexican Cuisine for Dinner for Two, Four, or More at Aguamiel (Up to 39% Off)

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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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 fall and winter 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 (55% 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 $9

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$10 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 $10

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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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$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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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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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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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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Pizzeria Food at Nino's Pizza (45% Off). Two Options Available.

Nino's Pizza

Alsip

Dig into a thin-crust, stuffed-crust, or deep-dish pizza, plus meatball and italian beef sandwiches, pasta, and chicken dinners

$20 $11

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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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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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Cooking Class at Olga's Restaurant (Up to 50% Off)

Olga's Restaurant

Westville

Led by a passionate chef with culinary training in Yugoslavia, Olga’s Restaurant teaches students how to make their own dishes

$170 $85

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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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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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$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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Dao Sushi and Seafood for Lunch or Dinner at Dao Restaurant & Bar (Up to 50% Off)

Dao Restaurant & Bar

Orland Park

Asian-American fusion dishes, including 40+ maki rolls, served in a unique setting featuring palm trees and giant kabuki masks

$10 $6

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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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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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$11 for $20 Worth of Frozen Yogurt, Cakes, and Other Holiday Treats at TCBY

TCBY

Orland Park

Fro-yo flavors such as chocolate mousse, greek honey, and strawberry pair with toppings such as Heath pieces, mixed nuts, and blueberries

$20 $11

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Italian Cuisine for Dinner or Lunch for Two or More at Ciao Ristorante (53% Off)

Ciao Ristoranté

Palos Hills

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

$20 $9.50

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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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$12 for Large One-Topping Pizza and 2-Liter Soda at Rosati's Pizza ($20.48 Value)

Rosati's Pizza

Mokena

Thin-crust, double-dough, and Chicago-style pizzas topped with pepperoni, peppers, mushrooms, grilled chicken, or Italian beef

$20.48 $12

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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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$12 for 2 Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Grill Food at The Lucky Dog ($20 Total Value). 4 Locations Available.

The Lucky Dog

Multiple Locations

Vienna hot dogs, gyros, made-to-order burgers, italian beef, and other generously portioned Chicago favorites at a family-run local chain

$10 $6

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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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The Second City's Improv All-Stars or Game Night at UP Comedy Club on January 4–February 25 (Up to 40% Off)

UP! Comedy Club

UP Comedy Club

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Annoyance Theatre founder Mick Napier directs a cast of top improv talent; game night tosses the improv cast into a gameshow medley

$33.50 $20

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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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$16 for $30 Worth of Mediterranean Food at Cafe Zafferano

Cafe Zafferano

Mayfair/Jefferson Park

Grilled octopus, roasted portobello mushroom with truffle spinach and goat cheese, fried calamari, and burgers and sandwiches

$30 $16

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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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$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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Fireball Santa Crawl for One, Two, or Four with Breakfast Buffet on Saturday, December 20 (Up to 51% Off)

Fireball Santa Crawl

Chicago

Start the day at Bar Louie with an egg and sausage buffet, then hit up four other watering holes for specials on Fireball shots and beer

$20 $12

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Wine Tasting for One, Two, or Four on Monday, December 22 at Fornello Trattoria (Up to 51% Off)

Fornello Trattoria

Lakeview

Wine-tasting event features more than 21 wines to sample, as well as a selection of appetizers

$30 $16

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Running of the Santas Pub Crawl for Two or Four on Saturday, December 20 (Up to 51% Off)

Running of the Santas

Multiple Locations

Santas of all kinds run from Hangge Uppe to McFaddens while enjoying drink specials and listening to music

$50 $25

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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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Lobster-Roll or Seafood Dinner for Two or Four at New England Seafood Co Fish Market & Restaurant (Up to 42% Off)

New England Seafood Company Fish Market and Restaurant

Lakeview

Beer and wine pair with lobster on an East Coast style bun bun or entrees such as grilled swordfish and pan-seared tilapia

$54 $35

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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 cranberry cinnamon muffin

$25 $15

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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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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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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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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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$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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"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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$8.50 for a Mediterranean Meal for Two at IDOF: I Dream of Falafel ($15.80 Value)

I Dream of Falafel (IDOF)

Lakeview

Locally sourced, made-from-scratch dishes include organic falafel, quinoa salad, cage-free chicken & tzatziki salad made with greek yogurt

$15.80 $8.50

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Casual French Brunch or Lunch, or Dinner at Brasserie by LM (47% Off)

Brasserie by LM

South Loop

Casual French cuisine such as ham- and swiss-filled crepes and beef bourguignon, served in a bright, loft-like modern Brasserie

$20 $12

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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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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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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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Irish Food and Drinks or Gift Card at The Curragh Irish Pub (Up to 47% Off)

The Curragh Irish Pub

Edison Park

Celebrate Irish culture with live Irish dancing, dozens of draft beers, and traditional cuisine

$30 $16

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

Cité

Near North Side

Adventurous dishes from a chef with experience at Michelin-starred restaurants served in an eatery with a 360-degree view of Lake Michigan

$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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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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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

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