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These Chicago Restaurants Are Offering Striking Teachers Discounts

Chicago Teachers Union members began their strike on October 17

Chicago Public School Teachers Go On Strike
Chicago Public Schools weren’t open on Thursday due to labor unrest with teachers.
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Ashok Selvam is the editor of Eater Chicago and a native Chicagoan armed with more than two decades of award-winning journalism. Now covering the world of restaurants and food, his nut graphs are super nutty.

Chicago Public Schools were closed on Thursday as the Chicago Teachers Union went on strike. The CTU is protesting salaries, class sizes, and other labor issues. The union also wants nurses, social workers, and librarians at all schools. The strike is affecting more than 300,000 students and 32,000 educators.

While some restaurants prefer to stay neutral when it comes to posting flyers, social media messages, or any other signs of support for the union, other restaurants are offering discounts and sending out news releases. It’s hard to tell if this is pandering or genuine empathy for strikers, but it makes little difference if the discounts are real. Here are some of the deals Chicago restaurants are offering union members and CPS parents.

Feel free to email with tips about other discounts. This list will be updated periodically, come back for any new restaurants added.

4 Star Restaurant Group (D.O.C. Wine Bar, Frasca, Ella Elli, Remington’s, Smoke Daddy Wrigleyville/Wicker Park, Tuco and Blondie, The Windsor, Crosby’s Kitchen). Deals valid through the strike for teachers and support staff.

  • $1 rosé, limit one per person.
  • Kids eat free until 6 p.m.

Roots Handmade Pizza (Old Town, Lincoln Square, West Town). Deals for CPS teachers and parents with children at the restaurant. Valid ID required.

  • 20-percent discount on all regularly priced food and drink for the strike’s duration.

West Town Bakery (West Town, Wrigleyville, River North)

  • One free cake ball per child (with other purchase) with CPS parents for the strike’s duration.

Band of Bohemia

  • 20-percent off for teachers with IDs for duration of strike.

Pioneer Tavern Group (Frontier, Ina Mae Tavern & Packaged Goods)

  • 15-percent discount on all dine-in food purchases for teachers with valid IDs. Offer can’t be mixed with other discounts.

Coalfire (Lakeview, West Town)

Antique Taco (Wicker Park, Bridgeport, Revival Food Hall)

The Reveler

Farm Bar (Edgewater), Farmhouse (Lakeview, River North)


  • 25-percent discount off meals for teachers and staffers with valid IDs.

Steingold’s of Chicago (Lincoln Square, Fulton Galley)

  • 15-percent discount off all purchases for teachers for the duration of the strike.


Big Star (Wicker Park, Wrigleyville)

  • 20-percent discount for all teachers for the duration of the strike, according to a rep.

Lula Cafe

Smack Dab Bakery

Bang Bang Pie Shop

  • Offering 30-percent discount for teachers for the duration of the strike.

Pretty Cool Ice Cream

  • Free popsicle for teachers.

Middle Brow Bungalow

Tecalitlan Mexican Restaurant (West Town)

  • 25-percent discount for teachers with valid ID.

Dill Pickle Food Co-op

  • 15-percent discount for teachers and staff.


  • Free juice to students and teachers.

Si- Pie Pizzeria (Both locations)

  • 30-percent discount for teachers and staff.


  • 20-percent discount for teachers with IDs during the strike.
  • 15-percent discount from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Fridays for happy hour.

Twisted Hippo

  • 15-percent discount for educators during the strike.

RealGood Stuff (all locations)

  • 30-percent discount for teachers with ID until the strike’s end.

Salsa’s Grill

  • 20-percent discount on all dine-in food purchases for teachers and staff during the strike with valid ID.
  • One free tamal per student with purchase.

Chiya Chai

  • 20-percent discount for teachers and students with valid ID for the duration of the strike.

City Hall

Lola’s Coney Island


  • 50-percent discount for the duration of the strike with valid ID. After the strike, 40-percent off on Mondays.

Chicago Diner (Logan Square and Boystown locations)

  • 25-percent discount for teachers and staff for strike’s duration.

Healthy Substance

  • 10-percent discount for CPS teachers with valid ID.

Maravillas Restaurant

  • 25-percent discount for CPS teachers.

City Coffee

  • 10-percent discount for teachers, even after the strike.

Furious Spoon (all locations)

El Carrío

Ella Elli

1349 West Cornelia Avenue, , IL 60657 (773) 935-3552 Visit Website

roots handmade pizza

2200 W Lawrence Ave, Chicago, IL 60625 (773) 433-5959

Pretty Cool Ice Cream

709 West Belden Avenue, , IL 60614 (773) 697-4140 Visit Website

Tuco And Blondie

3358 North Southport Avenue, , IL 60657 (773) 327-8226 Visit Website

Fulton Galley

1115 W Fulton Market, Chicago, IL 60607


4716 North Kedzie Avenue, , IL 60625 (773) 754-0129 Visit Website

Smack Dab Bakery

6730 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60626 Visit Website

Tecalitlan Restaurant

1814 West Chicago Avenue, , IL 60622 (773) 384-4285


4312 West Fullerton Avenue, , IL 60639 (773) 666-5259 Visit Website

Antique Taco

1000 West 35th Street, , IL 60609 (773) 823-9410 Visit Website

Smoke Daddy

1804 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60622 (773) 772-6656 Visit Website

The Windsor

160 E Huron St, Chicago, IL 60611 (312) 943-7777

Crosby's Kitchen

3455 North Southport Avenue, , IL 60657 (773) 883-2525 Visit Website


8500 West 3rd Street, , CA 90048 (310) 818-4925 Visit Website

Antique Tacos

1000 W 35th Street, Chicago, IL 60609 (773) 823-9410 Visit Website


2500 West Chicago Avenue, , IL 60622 (773) 697-4413 Visit Website

Middle Brow Bungalow

2840 W. Armitage Avenue, Chicago, IL 60647 Visit Website

Lola’s Coney Island

2858 West Chicago Avenue, , IL 60622 (773) 687-9459 Visit Website

Fulton Galley

1115 West Fulton Market, , IL 60607 (312) 210-0920 Visit Website


1072 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60642 (773) 772-4322 Visit Website

The Dill Pickle Food Coop

2746 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647


710 North Wells Street, , IL 60654 (312) 951-9500 Visit Website


20 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60602 (312) 782-6000


1850 South Blue Island Avenue, , IL 60608 (312) 307-7305 Visit Website

Chicago Public Schools

125 S Clark St, Chicago, IL 60602 (773) 553-1000

Real Good Juice Co.

1647 N Wells St, Chicago, IL 60614 (312) 846-1897 Visit Website


3707 North Southport Avenue, , IL 60613 (773) 477-2625 Visit Website

Antique Taco Wicker Park

1360 North Milwaukee Avenue, , IL 60622 (773) 687-8697 Visit Website

The Reveler

3403 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60657

Farm Bar

1300 West Wellington Avenue, , IL 60657 (773) 281-2599 Visit Website

Chicago Diner

3411 North Halsted Street, , IL 60657 (773) 935-6696 Visit Website

D.O.C Wine Bar

2602 North Clark Street, , IL 60614 (773) 883-5101 Visit Website

Chicago Diner

2333 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647 (773) 252-3211 Visit Website

Steingold's of Chicago

3737 North Southport Avenue, , IL 60613 (773) 661-2469 Visit Website

Big Star

, , IL 60613 (773) 857-7120 Visit Website

Lula Cafe

2537 North Kedzie Boulevard, , IL 60647 (773) 489-9554 Visit Website

Furious Spoon

2410 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647 (773) 770-3559 Visit Website

Chiya Chai

66 East Wacker Drive, , IL 60601 Visit Website

Bang Bang Pie Shop

2051 N California Ave, , IL 60647 (773) 276-8888 Visit Website

Si-Pie Pizzeria

3477 N Broadway St, Chicago, IL 60657 (773) 360-1862

Band of Bohemia

4710 North Ravenswood Avenue, , IL 60640 (773) 271-4710 Visit Website

Tuco & Blondie

3358 N Southport Ave, Chicago, IL 60657 (773) 327-8226 Visit Website

Twisted Hippo

2925 West Montrose Avenue, , IL 60618 (708) 844-7768 Visit Website

City Hall

838 West Kinzie Street, , IL 60642 (312) 801-1181 Visit Website

Roots Pizza Old Town

1610 N. Wells Street, Chicago, IL Visit Website

Revival Food Hall

125 South Clark Street, , IL 60603 (312) 278-3040 Visit Website

Ina Mae Tavern & Packaged Goods

1415 North Wood Street, , IL 60622 (773) 360-8320 Visit Website