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14 Places to Celebrate Black Wednesday

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Thanksgiving is right around the corner and with it, Black Wednesday. Before you stuff yourself full of turkey and pie, start the holidays off with a drink (or two) at one of the following spots. They'll be hosting parties or offering other food and drink specials to celebrate one of the biggest bar nights of the year. Just don't blame us if Thursday morning is a bit rough.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Henry's Swing Club

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18 W Hubbard St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 955-8018
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Enjoy a free show by the Get Up with the Get Downs, the best funk soul dance party in town on Black Wednesday. Holiday-themed shots and carbonated draft cocktails will get you in the mood, and parties of up to 8 can reserve a table for $100 and get unlimited sliders all night. 10% of all food sales for the night will be matched by DMK restaurants and donated to the Chicago Food Depository.

2. Lottie's Pub

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1925 W Cortland St
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 489-0738
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Pioneer Tavern Group will host the 4th Annual Black Wednesday Trolley Crawl running all night between Lottie’s, The Pony and Frontier. Each location will feature drink specials including $5 Jameson Black, $5 Black and Stormys, $4 Strongbow, $4 Heineken and more. Guests can guarantee a spot on the trolley by signing up at the bar or emailing freetrolley@pioneertaverngroup.com

3. Timothy O'Toole's Chicago

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622 N Fairbanks Ct
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 642-0700
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Timothy O’Toole’s will hold its 5th Annual Turkey Testicles Festival on Black Wednesday. The contest will commence at 9 p.m., with the winner receiving a whole frozen turkey. Then at 11 p.m., the pub will hold a pumpkin pie eating contest with the winner taking home a $25 gift certificate.

4. Untitled

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111 W Kinzie St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 880-1511
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Start Thanksgiving weekend with a special Black Wednesday Unbridled. Happy Misgiving will feature daring burlesque, devilish dances and Old Forester cocktails for a fun and freaky time. It’s a feast for the senses and you can register for the event online.

5. SHAY

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222 W Ontario St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 654-1230
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SHAY will be paying homage to Truman Capote’s “Party of the Century” by hosting a Black and White Masked Ball. The festivities kick off at 9 p.m. and will continue at Cuvee beginning at 11 p.m. Come dressed to impress and don’t forget your mask.

6. Nacional 27

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325 W Huron St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 664-2727
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Learn some new moves on Black Wednesday as dance instructor Rickey Spivey will lead complimentary salsa lessons from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. After class, show off your skills on the dance floor as DJ X spins hot Latin beats until 2 a.m. (no cover). If you need liquid courage, Nacional 27’s Rum Punch cocktail ($8 per glass, $30 per 52 oz. fishbowl) will do the trick.

7. American Junkie

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15 W Illinois St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 239-0995
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Stop by American Junkie on Black Wednesday for a special appearance by a guest DJ upstairs. Guests can also enjoy the new menu featuring items like winter vegetable tater tots, meatball pizza and chicken pot pie.

8. High Noon Saloon

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1560 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 227-9339
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Party it up to a lineup of live DJs from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Drink specials include $4 Shiner Holiday Cheer drafts, $3 Jameson shots and $3 Cazadores tequila shots.

9. Chicago Q

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1160 N Dearborn St
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 642-1160
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Chicago q will offer a special Bourbon flight featuring three Wild Turkey Bourbons: Rare Breed, Russell’s Reserve and Russell’s Reserve Rye for $18.

10. Division Ale House

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1942 W Division St
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 384-6886
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Division Ale House will celebrate Black Wednesday with live entertainment from DJ Rob and specials such as $5 chicken tender w/fries, $4 Goose Island drafts and $3 Jameson shots.

11. MAX'S Wine Dive Chicago

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1482 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 661-6581
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Drink up on some fine wines and save 15% off regular retail price on Black Wednesday. Stop in for happy hour between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. and nosh on snack-sized portions of classic menu items including pork-stuffed piquillo peppers, Nacho Mama’s Oysters, a bowl of five wings served naked or tossed in sauce, and more.

12. The Dawson

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732 W. Grand Ave.
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 243-8955
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The Dawson will be teaming up with Hennessy to throw a Black Party, where Clint Rogers and guest bartender Thomas Mooneyham will be crafting Hennessy Black cocktails as well as serving Hennessy V.S (Very Special) punch. The event will feature complimentary appetizers, bartender games and live music from DJ Intel from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on the second floor. Guests are encourage to wear black.

13. Osteria Langhe

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2824 W Armitage Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 661-1582
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Gather your friends and family and head to Osteria Langhe for a four-course, pre-Thanksgiving dinner. The menu will feature items such as Brussel sprout Caesar and quail egg panino; king crab cake and crisp pancetta insalata; osso bucco risotto; and panettone bread pudding. Libations will include The Gobbler, a cranberry-infused cocktail created for the evening. The cost is $30 per person.

14. Headquarters Beercade

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2833 N Sheffield Ave
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 665-5660
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Show off your Mario Kart skills at Headquarter’s tournament on Black Wednesday for a chance at winning a $500 grand prize HQ gift certificate. There will also be drink deals tailored to every taste with $5 craft cans, infusion shots, cocktails and more.

1. Henry's Swing Club

18 W Hubbard St, Chicago, IL 60654
Enjoy a free show by the Get Up with the Get Downs, the best funk soul dance party in town on Black Wednesday. Holiday-themed shots and carbonated draft cocktails will get you in the mood, and parties of up to 8 can reserve a table for $100 and get unlimited sliders all night. 10% of all food sales for the night will be matched by DMK restaurants and donated to the Chicago Food Depository.
18 W Hubbard St
Chicago, IL 60654

2. Lottie's Pub

1925 W Cortland St, Chicago, IL 60622
Pioneer Tavern Group will host the 4th Annual Black Wednesday Trolley Crawl running all night between Lottie’s, The Pony and Frontier. Each location will feature drink specials including $5 Jameson Black, $5 Black and Stormys, $4 Strongbow, $4 Heineken and more. Guests can guarantee a spot on the trolley by signing up at the bar or emailing freetrolley@pioneertaverngroup.com
1925 W Cortland St
Chicago, IL 60622

3. Timothy O'Toole's Chicago

622 N Fairbanks Ct, Chicago, IL 60611
Timothy O’Toole’s will hold its 5th Annual Turkey Testicles Festival on Black Wednesday. The contest will commence at 9 p.m., with the winner receiving a whole frozen turkey. Then at 11 p.m., the pub will hold a pumpkin pie eating contest with the winner taking home a $25 gift certificate.
622 N Fairbanks Ct
Chicago, IL 60611

4. Untitled

111 W Kinzie St, Chicago, IL 60654
Start Thanksgiving weekend with a special Black Wednesday Unbridled. Happy Misgiving will feature daring burlesque, devilish dances and Old Forester cocktails for a fun and freaky time. It’s a feast for the senses and you can register for the event online.
111 W Kinzie St
Chicago, IL 60654

5. SHAY

222 W Ontario St, Chicago, IL 60654
SHAY will be paying homage to Truman Capote’s “Party of the Century” by hosting a Black and White Masked Ball. The festivities kick off at 9 p.m. and will continue at Cuvee beginning at 11 p.m. Come dressed to impress and don’t forget your mask.
222 W Ontario St
Chicago, IL 60654

6. Nacional 27

325 W Huron St, Chicago, IL 60654
Learn some new moves on Black Wednesday as dance instructor Rickey Spivey will lead complimentary salsa lessons from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. After class, show off your skills on the dance floor as DJ X spins hot Latin beats until 2 a.m. (no cover). If you need liquid courage, Nacional 27’s Rum Punch cocktail ($8 per glass, $30 per 52 oz. fishbowl) will do the trick.
325 W Huron St
Chicago, IL 60654

7. American Junkie

15 W Illinois St, Chicago, IL 60654
Stop by American Junkie on Black Wednesday for a special appearance by a guest DJ upstairs. Guests can also enjoy the new menu featuring items like winter vegetable tater tots, meatball pizza and chicken pot pie.
15 W Illinois St
Chicago, IL 60654

8. High Noon Saloon

1560 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
Party it up to a lineup of live DJs from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Drink specials include $4 Shiner Holiday Cheer drafts, $3 Jameson shots and $3 Cazadores tequila shots.
1560 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

9. Chicago Q

1160 N Dearborn St, Chicago, IL 60610
Chicago q will offer a special Bourbon flight featuring three Wild Turkey Bourbons: Rare Breed, Russell’s Reserve and Russell’s Reserve Rye for $18.
1160 N Dearborn St
Chicago, IL 60610

10. Division Ale House

1942 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60622
Division Ale House will celebrate Black Wednesday with live entertainment from DJ Rob and specials such as $5 chicken tender w/fries, $4 Goose Island drafts and $3 Jameson shots.
1942 W Division St
Chicago, IL 60622

11. MAX'S Wine Dive Chicago

1482 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
Drink up on some fine wines and save 15% off regular retail price on Black Wednesday. Stop in for happy hour between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. and nosh on snack-sized portions of classic menu items including pork-stuffed piquillo peppers, Nacho Mama’s Oysters, a bowl of five wings served naked or tossed in sauce, and more.
1482 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

12. The Dawson

732 W. Grand Ave., Chicago, IL 60654
The Dawson will be teaming up with Hennessy to throw a Black Party, where Clint Rogers and guest bartender Thomas Mooneyham will be crafting Hennessy Black cocktails as well as serving Hennessy V.S (Very Special) punch. The event will feature complimentary appetizers, bartender games and live music from DJ Intel from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on the second floor. Guests are encourage to wear black.
732 W. Grand Ave.
Chicago, IL 60654

13. Osteria Langhe

2824 W Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
Gather your friends and family and head to Osteria Langhe for a four-course, pre-Thanksgiving dinner. The menu will feature items such as Brussel sprout Caesar and quail egg panino; king crab cake and crisp pancetta insalata; osso bucco risotto; and panettone bread pudding. Libations will include The Gobbler, a cranberry-infused cocktail created for the evening. The cost is $30 per person.
2824 W Armitage Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

14. Headquarters Beercade

2833 N Sheffield Ave, Chicago, IL 60657
Show off your Mario Kart skills at Headquarter’s tournament on Black Wednesday for a chance at winning a $500 grand prize HQ gift certificate. There will also be drink deals tailored to every taste with $5 craft cans, infusion shots, cocktails and more.
2833 N Sheffield Ave
Chicago, IL 60657

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