Living in downtown Chicago can be expensive. But if you’re willing to dine a little early, you’ll find some of the best Chicago food and wine at great prices! These are all a short walk from our place. If there are any you think should be added to the list, let me know!
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405 N Wabash Ave (Between Trump and Wrigley), M-F 3-6
$8 Wine and Cocktails, $3-$9 Nibbles
663 N State St Mon-Fri 4:00-6:00
1/2 OFF All Beer and Wine, 1/2 OFF Non-premium Liqueur, 1/2 OFF All Appetizers
The house wine isn’t bad, and at half-price it’s only $4 per glass! One nice thing about Bijan’s is you can enjoy the happy hour in the restaurant or even outside. You don’t have to sit by the bar. Bijan’s is open 10AM-4AM 365 Days a year! The steak salad (on the dinner menu) is fantastic! Say hello to Rolf.
508 N State St, Mon-Fri, 3:30-6:30 PM Upstairs Half-off
Chicago Chop House
60 W Ontario, 4-6 Every Day (even Sat & Sun)
Half price wines by the glass and cocktails (up to $20 reg price)
Half price appetizers including Crab Cakes, Lollipop Lamb Chops, Ahi Tuna. Definitely high-end food, not scaled back “happy hour” versions.
The new owners have started a $1 Million renovation.
Doc B’s Fresh Kitchen River North
55 E Grand, 4-6 Monday-Friday
$4 Beer, $6 Wines New Kitchen Items ($6-$9): Burgers, Chicken Sandwiches, Fried Chicken, Wok Bowels, Brussels Sprout Salad and more. The fried chicken is amazing. So is the brussels sprout salad. I like the Thai Veggie Wok Bowl, but I usually ask them to kick up the spice level.
521 N Rush, Every Day 4-6
$8 premium wines, $7-$19 appetizers
216 N Wabash Happy Hour Specials Mon-Fri 4-6PM
$6 Draft Beers & Well Drinks,
$4 Parmesan Truffle Popcorn, $5 Crispy Cauliflower Bites, $2.50 Sliders
Monday Meatloaf $12
Tuesday Chicken Pot Pie $12, Emerald burger and side $9
Wednesday Guinness Beef Stew $13, Rosemary Chicken $13
Thursday Corned Beef & Cabbage $14
Friday Lobster Mac & Cheese $17, Scallops $17
25 E Ohio, Every Day 5-7
$9-12 wine and cocktails, $9-$14 appetizers, $10 burger
George is the managing partner, and he runs a great place. You’ll usually find Lonnie behind the bar making sure happy hour runs smoothly.
65 E Wacker Place, Mon-Fri 4-7
$8 wine, $8-10 bar bites
Mini Files, Buffalo Chicken Strips, Mini Crab Cake BLTs, Tuna Tacos, Burgers, etc.
435 E Illinois, Mon-Fri 3:00-6:30
$4 Beer, $4 Wine, $5 Well Drinks, Appetizer Specials including Sliders, Flatbreads
315 N LaSalle, Mon-Fri 3-5
$35 – Bottle of Rose and 12 Oysters
$3-$7 Bites, $10 Burgers, $10 Cobb Salad
$5 Beers, $7 Cocktails River Roast has a great location on the north side of the Chicago River at LaSalle. Be sure to arrive early for Happy Hour to get a great riverside seat.
1 W Grand Ave, Mon-Thurs 3:30-6:30
$5-$7 Appetizers, $3 Beer, $5 House wines
431 N Dearborn, Mon-Fri 4:00-6:30
$9 Prime Burger, Tenderloin Salad, Crab BLT, Steak Sandwich, Ahi Tuna, Spicy Shrimp. Limited wine selection. You can sit at the bar, but if you’re early you can ask for a booth along the window if available.
Union Sushi + Barbeque
230 W Erie, Every Day 5-6:30
$1 Oysters, $2.50 beef filet skewers, $4 shrimp rolls, $5 Moscow mules.