Food & Drink in River Forest

Drinks for Two or Four at Duffy's Tavern (Up to 50% Off)

Duffy's Tavern

Forest Park

Enjoy the convivial atmosphere of this Irish pub with drinks and sports

$25 $13

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Lunch or Dinner at aXcan Mexican Grill (Up to 40% Off). Three Options Available.

aXcan Mexican Grill

Forest Park

Mexican eatery in a brand new location boasts an on-site mixologist and infuses their own tequila into drinks.

$20 $12

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American Food at The Junction Diner (Up to 40% Off)

The Junction Diner

Junction Diner

American food such as wraps, sandwiches, burgers, salads, breakfast served all day and homemade soups

$20 $12

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Brunch for Two or $17 for $30 Worth of New Orleans Creole Cuisine at Shanahan's (43% Off)

Shanahan's

Forest Park

New Orleans Creole cuisine such as gumbo, jambalaya, and etouffee, paired with Irish pub atmosphere; brunch includes bloody marys or mimosas

$30 $17

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Brisket, Chicken, or Pork Meals with Slaw, Fries, & Drinks for Two or Four at Russell's Barbecue (Up to 44% Off)

Russell's Barbecue

Elmwood Park

An Elmwood Park institution since 1930, the eatery churns out classic barbecue once featured on the Food Network

$23.96 $14

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Pizza and Pasta for Dine-In, Takeout, or Catering at Spizzico Pizza and Pasta (Up to 45% Off)

Spizzico Pizza and Pasta

Elmwood Park

Restaurant offers Chicago-style deep-dish pizzas alongside Italian favorites, such as ravioli, chicken-parmigiana sandwiches, and spaghetti

$20 $11

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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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10-Day Juice Cleanse/Juice Fast at ReNew (49% Off)

ReNew Juice Bar

Melrose Park

Total of 70 juices ingested over 10 days

$295 $149

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

Elite Cafe & Billiards

Melrose Park

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

$25 $13

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Italian Cuisine and Drinks for Two or Four at Danny's (Up to 50% Off)

Danny's

Melrose Park

Homestyle Italian cuisine including pasta, steak, and house-special neckbones

$25 $13

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

Hala Kahiki

River Grove

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

$30 $15

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Steaks, Seafood, and Cocktails for Two or Four at 21st Amendment Restaurant/Speakeasy (Up to 41% Off)

21st Amendment Restaurant/Speakeasy

Spring Grove

Craft spirits pair with classic steak-house dishes such as grilled Alaskan salmon, bone-in rib eye with horseradish, and raw Gulf oysters

$50 $30

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Asian Cuisine for Dine-In or Carryout at Yummy Asian Bistro (50% Off)

Yummy Asian Bistro

Fox River Grove

Menu includes tuna tartar, egg rolls, spicy yellowtail rolls, hibachi steak, crispy duck, red curry, fried tofu, and sweet and sour chicken

$30 $15

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Two $10 Groupons for Pizza, Sandwiches, and Beef at Nick’s Pizza & Beef or $50 Worth of Catering (50% Off)

Nick's Pizza & Beef

Bellwood

Italian-beef sandwiches, burgers, gyros, and pizzas layered with toppings

$10 $5

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Appetizers and Drinks for Two or Four at Pure Nightclub (50% Off)

Pure Nightclub

Franklin Park

Join your friends for appetizers and cocktails at a nightclub with modern European flair

$30 $15

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Italian Dinner for Two or Four at Gianni's Ristorante & Pizzeria (Up to 54% Off). Groupon Reservation Required.

Gianni's Ristorante & Pizzeria

Franklin Park

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

$48.85 $23

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$19 for $35 Worth of Greek and American Barbecue Dinner for Two or More at Smoked on Rose

Smoked on Rose

Franklin Park

Smoked brisket, ribs, and pork shoulder alongside roasted suckling pig, broiled lambchops, fresh fish, and Greek sides and appetizers

$35 $19

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

Chef Shangri-la

North Riverside

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

$20 $10

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

Parrilla Express

Berwyn

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

$10 $5

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$13 for Five Groupons, Each Good for $5 Worth of Coffee, Pastries, Tea, and Hot Chocolate at Bungalow Joe's Coffee

Bungalow Joe's Coffee

Berwyn

Coffee made fresh hourly, espresso, hot chocolate, tea, and pastries

$5 $2.60

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Dinner for Two or Four at La Española Tapas (Up to 45% Off)

La Española Tapas

Berwyn

Diners sip sangria and snack on hot and cold tapas plates, including imported cheeses, smoked salmon with capers, and grilled octopus

$20 $12

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

Tapas Gitana

Northfield

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

$20 $12.10

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Middle Eastern Sandwiches with Appetizers and Drinks for Two or Four at Shawarma-Matik (Up to 42% Off)

Shawarma-Matik

Norridge

Sandwiches filled with chicken or beef shwarma or falafel; hummus, baba ghanouj, or mothawamah dips; pop, juice, coffee, or hot mint tea

$19.78 $12

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$18 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $15 Worth of Chinese Food at Golden Wok Restaurant ($30 Total Value)

Golden Wok Restaurant

Multiple Locations

Classic Chinese food represents Cantonese & Mandarin cuisine with Hong Kong Steak, sweet & sour pork & shrimp egg foo young

$15 $9

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Eastern European Meal for Two, Four, or Six at Klas Restaurant (Up to 55% Off)

Klas Restaurant

Cicero

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

$44 $25

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

Off Broadway Pub

Brookfield

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

$20 $11

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Create-Your-Own Ice Cream, Ice Cream Cake, or Ice Cream Pies at Cold Stone Creamery (Up to 29% Off)

Cold Stone Creamery

Elmhurst

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

$8.38 $6

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

Flight 112 Wine House

Elmhurst

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

$40 $22

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

Wok 'n Fire

Multiple Locations

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

$30 $15

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$12.50 for $25 Worth of Mexican Food at Salseria

Salseria

Elmhurst

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

$25 $12.50

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

The Silverado Grill

Elmhurst

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

$40 $22

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$11 for $ Worth of Italian Food and Drinks at Fratello's Family Restaurant and Pizzeria

Fratello's Pizzeria

Elmhurst

Thin-crust, pan, and stuffed-crust pizzas accompany classic Italian and American dishes such as lasagna and Italian-beef sandwiches

$20 $11

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

Nu Crepes

Elmhurst

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

$22 $12

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

Saban's Place

Hodgkins

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

$30 $18

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

Chequers of La Grange

La Grange

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

$30 $16

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Southern Italian Cuisine or Catering for Up to 20 from Via Bella (Up to 50% Off). Four Options Available.

Via Bella

Countryside

Wine accents southern Italian feasts of lobster ravioli, ribs, and specialty pizzas, and catering brings the feast to customers’ parties

$40 $20

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

Al's Char-House

La Grange

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

$20 $12

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

Andresen's Bakery

Bensenville

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

$10 $5

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

Angry Slice and Sub Shop

Summit

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

$20 $11

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$55 for a Three-Course Dinner for Two with Champagne at Maki Sushi & Noodle Shop (Up to $106 Value)

Maki Sushi & Noodle Shop

Park Ridge

In a minimalist, loft-style space in the Pickwick Theatre building, chefs roll out fresh sushi, sashimi & Asian-inspired dishes

$106 $55

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

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory

Park Ridge

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

$36 $18

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

Affresco Pizzeria/Lounge

Park Ridge

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

$55 $27

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$11 for $20 Worth of Organic and Healthy Breakfast Fare for Dine-in at The Original Pancake House (Park Ridge)

The Original Pancake House

Park Ridge

Made-from-scratch specialties, such as Dutch-baby and apple pancakes, served all day alongside light lunches and fresh-squeezed orange juice

$20 $11

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

TeaLula

Park Ridge

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

$50 $25

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Pizza at Nancy's Pizza (Up to 40% Off). Three Options Available.

Nancy's Pizza

Park Ridge

Enjoy stuffed or thin-crust pizzas topped with a range of ingredients for dine-in, take-out, or delivery

$25 $15

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

Riggio's

Niles

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

$25 $13.50

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$12 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $12 Worth of Chinese Food at Wonton Deli ($24 Total Value)

Wonton Deli

Niles

Deli-style Chinese joint specializing in wonton noodle soup, dim sum, and rice plates

$12 $6

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Pub Food and Drinks at The Howard Street Inn (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

Howard Street Inn

Niles

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

$20 $10

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$12 for $30 Worth of Sushi, Japanese, and Thai Food at Dao Sushi and Thai Restaurant

Dao Sushi and Thai Restaurant

Oakbrook Terrace

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

$30 $12

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

CiNe

Hinsdale

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

$99 $65

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$13 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Brazilian Cuisine at Brazilian Bowl ($20 Total Value)

Brazilian Bowl

Lakeview

Cozy restaurant serves authentic Brazilian dishes, including empanadas, bean-and-meat stews, and steak bowls

$10 $6.50

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$12 for $20 Worth of Mexican-Asian Fusion Food at Dos Ricco's

Dos Ricco's

Midway

Mexican-Asian fusion cuisine pair classic flavors in Korean BBQ tacos, tempura chicken burritos, and other delectable dishes

$20 $12

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Improv or Scripted Comedy for One, Two, or Four at Under the Gun Theater (Up to 50% Off)

Under the Gun Theater

Lakeview

Improv inspired by video confessions, card games, and online dating, solo shows about romance, and other innovative forms of stage comedy

$12 $8

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Gourmet Skewers and Molecular Cocktails at mEAT on Halsted (42% Off). Two Options Available.

mEAT on Halsted

Chicago

Choice cuts of meat, seafood, and vegetables served on skewers family-style with high-tech cocktails in a conversation-friendly space

$60 $35

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Nikki Glaser on January 8–9, Ian Karmel on January 22–23, or Chris Gethard on January 29–30 (Up to 38% Off)

Nikki Glaser, Ian Karmel, or Chris Gethard

UP Comedy Club

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See MTV comic Nikki Glaser, Chelsea Lately’s Ian Karmel, or the star of The Chris Gethard Show

$27.50 $17

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Sunday Buffet Brunch for Two or Four with Champagne and Choice of Juice at Minibar (40% Off)

Minibar

Mini Bar

On Sundays from 11 to 3, this world-class gay bar serves artisan cheeses, lox platters, and a rotating selection of gourmet comfort dishes

$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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BYOB Barbecue Cooking Demo and Four-Course Meal for One or Two at Rub's Backcountry Smokehouse (Up to 59% Off)

Rub's Backcountry Smokehouse

West Rogers Park

Pit master teaches everything about barbecue while students prepare a four-course meal in this BYOB class; includes cookbook and sauces

$120 $59

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Italian-Beef Sandwiches, Sausages, Fries, and More at Al's Italian Beef (Up to 30% Off)

Al's Italian Beef

Multiple Locations

Clasped between thick bread slices and dripping with jus, these italian-beef sandwiches are a hearty Chicago classic

$10 $7

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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$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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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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$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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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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"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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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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$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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Since 1976, La Majada Express has been serving Mexican cuisine that goes beyond the usual burritos and tacos (though they do those pretty well). Diners looking to try something new might start their meal with an order of guacamelon?guacamole with a shot of watermelon?or dig into Mexican chicken wings fried in cornmeal and covered in arbol salsa. For dinner, the house-specialty upside down pizza covers chorizo or adobo pork with cilantro, chihuahua cheese, green peppers, and oregano, while smokey Mexican-style ribs come smothered in a choice of spicy sauces in place of the traditional barbecue. Even the dessert menu offers up some unique offerings, including a fluffy mango mousse and a margarita pie made with tequila and triple sec and served on the rocks.

7601 Lake St
River Forest,
IL
US

At Francesca’s Fiore, the 10th in the group of Francesca’s restaurants sprawled across Illinois's Chicagoland—as well as four other states—tongues embark on a culinary journey, sampling the cuisines of Rome, Tuscany, Umbria, and Lazio. Executive chef and owner Scott Harris opened his first Francesca’s eatery—Mia Francesca—on Clark Street in 1992, to the rave reviews of both critics and patrons praising it for its simple, rustic cooking, unpretentious elegance, and lack of black holes. He later hired award-winning chefs Kevin Ives and Massimo Salatino to help oversee his other restaurants and create the weekly changing menus that are often handwritten. The chefs and their teams may craft starters such as tricolor bruschetta and risotto, or heartier fare such as pizza, rigatoni primavera, sautéed chicken, and roasted salmon.

7407 Madison St
Forest Park,
IL
US

Athena Uslander used to be a structural engineer, but today she's a baker. If you asked Athena what the two professions have in common, she'd likely say attention to detail. If you asked her customers at Athena’s Silverland Desserts, however, they'd be too busy chewing a mouthful of cookie, rice treat, or brownie to answer. Since 1983, Athena has helmed the ovens at her bakery in Elmwood Park. Her signature brownie recipe has garnered her some national attention, including an appearance on Oprah and The Today Show. Now, customers nationwide call in or hire a banner plane to put in their orders for the confections that Athena and her staff make from all-natural ingredients—free of trans fats, additives, and preservatives.

439 Des Plaines Ave
Forest Park,
IL
US

Organic and small-batch wines fill swirling glasses beneath the soaring ceilings of House Red Vinoteca. At a rustic, reclaimed-wood bar, discerning staff members subject new elixirs to tastings and credit checks, and the chef makes changes to a rotating menu of vino-enhancing fare made from scratch. Plates bearing crispy flatbreads and desserts inspired by international culinary traditions glide back and forth between duos chattering beneath exposed-brick walls. The warm sway of live jazz rolls across wine-tasting events and bottle-laden shelves, and patrons sipping through tasting flights from Croatia, Lebanon, Morocco, Serbia, and Slovenia add delicate treble notes with clinking glasses.

7403 Madison St
Forest Park,
IL
US

Illuminated by a roaring fireplace or the outdoor patio's twinkling fairy lights, patrons thwart thirst and dig into a full menu crafted from scratch. Though brews flow from 15 taps and over 50 bottles, the bar and restaurant also lavishes focused attention on its cuisine. Chefs toss pizza dough by hand, and personally shake hands with every Irish and American entree they send to tables. Celebrants drawn to the spacious party rooms upstairs wet whistles with special party packages.

7652 Madison St
Forest Park,
IL
US

As a high-school student working at a local pizzeria, John Schnatter often pondered how he would do things differently if he owned such a business himself. After graduating from college in 1983, he got his chance, knocking down the broom closet in his father’s tavern to create his own pizza-delivery business. Since then Papa John’s has grown to 3,500 restaurants in 50 states and 29 countries. At each location, cooks cover the signature hand-tossed crusts, made with high-protein flour and clear, filtered water, with tomato sauce from vine-ripened California tomatoes, then pile on locally sourced ingredients such as green peppers and onions. The emphasis on fresh ingredients extends to the 100% mozzarella cheese, beef, and pork, which are never artificially inflated with fillers or undeserved compliments. In addition to delivering pizzas, Papa John’s reaches out to the community with charity involvement, including partnering with the Boy Scouts of America and Junior Achievement to teach US students about entrepreneurship and the best method of capturing a wild roma tomato.

7744 Madison St
Forest Park,
IL
US

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