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The folks are going to be happy for more than an hour.
The folks are going to be happy for more than an hour.
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Chicago's Happy Hour Specials, Spring 2017

Get happy with specials from 158 (!) bars

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The folks are going to be happy for more than an hour.
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Chicago's restaurants and bars are still getting used to happy hour, but more and more of them are embracing them, giving patrons discounts during off-peak hours. It's a complicated history as lawmakers legalized happy hour in Illinois two years ago after lifting the state-wide ban in 2015.

There are some restrictions to the discounts, which are covered here. The list has been updated, but there might be some error. Feel free to email chicago@eater.com for corrections or additions. Again, bar owners who want to be listed should feel free to reach out, especially in areas that aren't well represented. Happy drinking!

Note: State law only allows drinks specials for a maximum of 15 hours per week, and for a maximum of four hours a day. Some specials listed here may be straddling that line. Oh, competition!

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. The Betty

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839 W Fulton Market
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 733-2222
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Every day, from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., The Betty will offer half-off beers, $8 featured wines and $9 featured cocktails. There's also a food menu with baba ghanoush, chicken & ham confit croquettes, tartines, spiced cauliflower and a cheese of the day.
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2. Castaways Bar & Grill

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1603 N Lake Shore Dr
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 281-1200
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Starting on Thursday, North Avenue Beach's Castaways offers these specials: 50 percent of the bill for industry workers from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Monday; half-priced margaritas and limeritas from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday; $4 imported and craft beers on from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday; $22 buckets of beer all day on Thursday.
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3. Chop Shop

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2033 W North Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 537-4440
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Chop Shop in Wicker Park offers a variety of specials from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday there's half-price starters. Tuesday it's $5 drafts (Stiegl, Lagunitas, Virtue Cider) and $5 well highballs (House Spirit + Mixer). Wednesday it's $1 oysters and half-priced bottle of wine all day. Thursday it's $8 signature cocktails and a $20 house-made sausage sampler (pick 3 of Chop Shop’s House Sausage Pairings). Friday, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. it's $5 slushies.
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4. Frontier

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1072 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60642
(773) 772-4322
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Starting on Thursday, Frontier will offer the following specials: $1 oysters, $5 Rodeo Sweethearts (Kettle One, dark rum, pineapple, banana, lime); $5 Lagunitas; $4 sparkling wine from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. every weekday.
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5. Henry's

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18 W Hubbard St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 955-8018
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Henry's specials are weekdays from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Special beer or cocktails will cost $5.
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6. Landshark Beer Garden

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700 E Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 595-5439
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The beer garden at Navy Pier will begin offering specials on Thursday: $5 Bud Light 'Ritas; $3 domestic drafts; $6 Tito's vodka lemonade and $5 nachos from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.
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7. MAK (Modern Asian Kitchen)

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1924 W Division St
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 772-6251
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MAK in Wicker Park has happy hour from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays: $3 beers (excluding Sapporo and Hitachino). From 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday there's half-price wine and sake.
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8. Municipal Bar + Dining Co.

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216 W Ohio St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 951-2125
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Starting on Thursday, Municipal will offer these specials from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays: $3 local drafts from Revolution, Langunitas and Goose Island and $2 sliders.
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9. Pork Shoppe

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5721 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60660
The Pork Shoppe's new Andersonville location has specials for every day. Half-price drinks from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday; $3 pints from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday; $5 ginger beer cocktails from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday; $6 glasses of wine on Thursday; $5 summer cocktails from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday.
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10. The Stretch Bar & Grill

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3485 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 755-3980
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Starting on Friday The Stretch will offer this special from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Fridays: $20 per person cheeseburgers with fries or an appetizer with a domestic bottle of beer, well drinks and $5 Jameson shots. The offer is invalid on Cubs game days. [Photo: Facebook]

11. Umami Burger

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1480 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(323) 782-8201
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The umami-inspired burger chain has these specials from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays: $3 truffle fries, $4 sliders (a trio for $9), $5 draft beer, $6 wine and $7 cocktails. [Photo: Nick Fochtman]

12. Bar Allegro

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171 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 236-0123
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The bar in the Hotel Allegro, starting on Thursday, will offer this daily deal from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. everyday: A glass of Zonin prosecco with two strips of candied bacon for $12.
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13. Heaven On Seven

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111 N Wabash Ave
Chicago, IL 60602
(312) 263-6443
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Heaven's got these specials: 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, customers can get a $6 mini hurricane special; $2 mini po' boys; $5.99 fried corn bread and pimento.
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14. The Ogden

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1659 W Ogden Ave
Chicago, IL 60612
(312) 226-1888
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Starting Wednesday, The Ogden offers half-priced cocktails from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays. [Photo: The Ogden]

15. Roka Akor | Chicago

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456 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 477-7652
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Roka Akor has weekday specials from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m: $5 robata grilled shishito peppers with ponzu and bonito flakes; wagyu beef and kimchi dumplings; and chicken yakitori skewers. For $6: Signature tataki trio (butterfish, tuna, yellowtail); lobster & shrimp dumplings; prime beef skewers with chili ginger sauce; spicy fried tofu with avocado relish and fresno chili; hamachi serrano roll; and vegetable tempura roll. For $1 (Tuesdays only): oysters with shiso and lime. Drinks: $3 Sapporo drafts; $5 select red & white wine; specialty cocktails; infused shochu.
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16. Nacional 27/Tallboy Taco

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325 W Huron St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 664-2727
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Nacional and Tallboy have happy hours from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday. Monday: Margaritas $6. Tuesday: Sangria $5. Wednesday: Select glasses of wine $5. Thursday: Select beers and tallboys $3. Friday: Margaritas $5
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17. WhirlyBall

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1825 W. Webster Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 486-7777
While patrons aren't getting super competitive like there were back in high school P.E., from 4 to 7p.m. Monday through Friday there's half-price draft wine, $3.50 craft beer pints, a $4 daily cocktail. There's also half-price appetizers and sliders. [Photo: Facebook]

18. PhD Pub

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1257 S Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60607
(773) 655-4095
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Ph. D has a variety of specials, steps from UIC. From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Thursday and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, there's half-priced well drinks and $6 boilermakers (PBR, Rolling Rock, Tullamore. Then from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday, there's $5 vodka lemonades or screwdrivers.
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19. Reverie

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414 N Orleans St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 467-4141
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Reverie is offering $20 craft cocktail liters — which is enough for six to seven glasses — from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
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20. The Franklin Room

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675 N Franklin St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 445-4686
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The folks behind Union Sushi have a happy hour special that's limited to two drinks. From 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on weekdays customers can get $1 beers or select glasses of wine with a $12-lunch purchase.
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21. Mercat a la Planxa

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638 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605
(312) 765-0524
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Mercat offers half-priced sangria and cocktails from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays.
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22. Nellcôte

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833 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60607
(855) 635-5268
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The West Loop welcomes you to Nellcote with specials from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays. They're also offering a daily “Savant” Special exclusively during happy hour in which any of their 10-inch pizzas and a beer of choice are $10.
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23. Pippin's Tavern

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806 N Rush St
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 787-5435
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Find shelter from the tourists at this dive, as from 6:10 p.m. to 6:40 p.m. on weekdays, they'll sell $2 well cocktails and domestic drafts.
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24. Trader Todd's

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3216 N Sheffield Ave
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 348-3250
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This popular Lakeview destination has $1 Rolling Rocks and $2 appetizers from 4:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday through Friday. [Photo: Facebook]

25. Level 257

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2 Woodfield Mall Unit A
Schaumburg, IL 60173
(847) 805-0257
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This Pac-Man-influenced playhouse features half-priced appetizers, sushi and pizza, plus $5 Double-Dot burgers from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays.
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26. Benchmark

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1510 N Wells St
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 649-9640
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From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, get half off draft beers, glasses of wine and all call mixed drinks.
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27. Brownstone Tavern & Grill

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3937 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60613
(773) 528-3700
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From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays, get half off draft beers, glasses of wine and all call mixed drinks.
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28. Crossing

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2548 N Southport Ave
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 327-4900
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From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesdays, get half off draft beers, glasses of wine and all call mixed drinks.
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29. Gaslight Bar

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2450 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 929-7759
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From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays; and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m on Fridays get half off draft beers, glasses of wine and all call mixed drinks.
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30. Highline Bar + Lounge

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169 W Kinzie St
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 533-2742
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From 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Mondays, get half off draft beers, glasses of wine and all call mixed drinks.
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31. Kirkwood Bar & Grill

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2934 N Sheffield Ave
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 770-0700
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From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursdays; and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Fridays, get half off draft beers, glasses of wine and all call mixed drinks.
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32. Ranalli's

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1925 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60614
(312) 280-8077
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This Lincoln Park pizza standby has a beautiful patrio and the following specials. Monday: $5 glasses of sangria and Pinot Grigio, 50-cent wings, $4 Revolution drafts Tuesday: $12 domestic pitchers, $16 craft pitchers, $10 12-inch thin-crust pizza Wednesday through Sunday: $4 Fireball shots, $6 Miller/Coors stadium cups
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33. Schoolyard Tavern & Grill

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3258 N Southport Ave
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 528-8226
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From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays, get half off draft beers, glasses of wine and all call mixed drinks.
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34. River Roast

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315 N La Salle Dr
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 822-0100
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From 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., River Roast will offer $5 bites, like Golden Gobbets of fried chicken, Rabbit Toast, Onion Straws, and Chicken Liver Mousse Profiteroles. There's also $5 draft beers.
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35. Carnivale

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702 W Fulton Market
Chicago, IL 60661
(312) 850-5005
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From 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday, Carnivale offers mojitos and sangria for $7 as well as their guacamole, ceviche and other appetizers for $8.
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36. The Hampton Social

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353 W. Hubbard St.
Chicago, IL 60654
312-464-0500
The Hampton Social opened at the end of the July with a bold awning shouting out they had happy hour. Their weekdays specials go from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.: $8 craft cocktails, half-priced glasses of rosé, half-priced pizzas. [Photo: Marc Much]

37. The Congress Plaza Hotel

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520 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605
(312) 427-3800
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The bar inside the hotel has deals from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. all week. Enjoy $4 cans of Miller Lite, Smith and Forge, Redd's Apple Ale and Miller High Life.
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38. Sidebar Grille

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221 N La Salle St
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 739-3900
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From 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Sidebar offers half-priced drinks.
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39. WestEnd

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1326 W Madison St
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 981-7100
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From 3 p.m to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, WestEnd's got half-priced drinks.[Photo: Facebook]