Summer is coming to an end but there's still time left to enjoy the last few days. Labor Day weekend is almost upon us and with it, numerous parties and food and drink specials. Check out the map to find the best places to go for barbecues, crawfish boils, half-priced oysters and more. Then get out there and celebrate the American workforce.Read More
Your Guide to Eating and Drinking This Labor Day Weekend
1. Heritage BBQ
Heritage BBQ will showcase five local Chicago chefs competing to promote the consumption of heritage breed pigs raised by local farms. Each chef will be given a 200 lb. pig to create six dishes for attendees, and a panel of judges will vote for Chicago’s “BBQ King or Queen.” Tickets start at $125 and can be purchased here.
2. Bow & Stern Oyster Bar
Enjoy a “Cajun Crawl” with live music, beer specials and all-you-can-eat crawfish on August 31 from 4 to 8 p.m. The cost is $30 and reservations can be made by calling 312-988-0644.
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3. American Junkie
American Junkie is planning a Labor Day bash and will offer guests 50 percent off the entire menu on Monday, September 2. Bottles including Grey Goose and Dom Perignon will also be half off as well.
4. Deuces and The Diamond Club
Deuce’s will host a Labor Day Sailor Jerry Clam Bake on Sunday, August 31st. Guests will enjoy a complimentary cocktail tasting from 1-2 p.m. and a $25 clambake bagged dinner featuring clams, crab and lobster. There will also be drink specials, giveaways and more.
Visit Frontier on Sunday, August 31 and enjoy a BBQ and craft beer tasting from 3-6 p.m. The cost is $35 and the menu includes gator burgers, chicken, housemade sausage, burgers and more.
6. Rockit Bar & Grill
Stop by Rockit Bar and Grill and party into Labor Day. Starting at 9 p.m. on Sunday, August 31, there will be live music from party rock band Audiomatic and drink specials like $15 Bud and Bud Light buckets, $8 Green Line drafts, $6 SoCo lime shots and more.
7. Shaw's Crab House
Celebrate the American workforce with half-priced oysters on Labor Day. Guests will have the choice of East or West Coast varieties. The Schaumburg location will also offer oysters for just 50 cents in their oyster bar and outdoor patio between 4 to 6 p.m.
8. Mercadito Fish
Diners can feast on unlimited pancakes for $16 on Monday, September 1. The buttermilk flapjacks can be topped with strawberries, Nutella, chocolate chips and more for a decadent treat.
9. Publican Quality Meats
Publican Quality Meats’ brunch menu will be available from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Labor Day. Dishes include duck hash with succotash; pickled shrimp salad; and a butcher’s breakfast of bacon, breakfast sausage, potatoes and country bread with two fried eggs.
10. Lottie's Pub
Celebrate at an all-day party on Monday, September 1 with $2 steak and chicken tacos, $3 Dos Equis and $4 Milagro. Hospitality professionals will also receive 30 percent off their bill with proof of ID.
11. Bub City
Roll out of bed and into Bub City for a Labor Day brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and indulge in southern classics as well as the signature Bloody Mary Bar. The restaurant will also donate a portion of the day’s proceeds to USO Illinois.
12. Siena Tavern
Siena Tavern will open early from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and serve brunch. Enjoy sweet and savory dishes such as caramelized waffles topped with maple syrup, berries and Nutella butter, or lobster hash with poached eggs and truffle hollandaise.
13. High Noon Saloon
High Noon Saloon will open at 11 a.m. on Monday, September 1 for Labor Day brunch service. Drink deals include $4 Half Acre drafts, $3 Old Crow bourbon whiskey shots, $3 Casa Noble tequila blanco shots, $5 Bloody Marys and $3 mimosas. Brunch is served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and features huevos rancheros, chilaquiles and more.
14. The Winchester
The Winchester will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for Labor Day brunch. Enjoy the regular menu alongside the special of the day: chicken and waffles.
Patrons can relax on the patio and enjoy the sights of the West Loop while sipping on $3 beer and whiskey specials on Labor Day.
16. Fulton Market Kitchen
Attend Cirque du FMK on Friday, August 29 and watch circus-style performances starting at 8 and 10 p.m. Snack on cotton candy and popcorn while crunching on boozy snow cones. Space is limited and reservations are recommended.
17. El Mariachi Tequila Bar & Grill
The celebrations take place all weekend starting with brunches featuring $3 mimosas and Bloody Marys. On Sunday night, bring some buddies for the infamous 60 oz. El Torito margarita with a Corona ($20). Then nurse things over Monday with a Hangover Brunch offering $5 margaritas all day.