Chicago River North Happy Hours

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!

Beacon Tavern
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 $3.50 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.

Cantina Laredo
508 N State St, Mon-Fri, 3:30-6:30pm Upstairs
Half-off casaritas, house wine, draft and bottled beer

*NEW* – 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 Every Day  (Updated Happy Hour 11/17)
$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 usually ask them to kick up the spice level.   And,  $5 burger night every Sunday at River North Doc B’s.

Spicy Crispy Chicken Sandwich – $6 at Doc B’s

Eddie V’s
521 N Rush, Every Day 4-6
$8 premium wines, $7-$19 appetizers

Emerald Loop Weeknight Specials
216 N Wabash $5 Draft Beers
Monday $10  Turkey Salad
Tuesday  $8 burger or $10 Quinoa Bowl
Wed $12 Rosemary Chicken
Thurs  $10 Tacos, $12 Grilled Chicken Salad
Fri  $17 Blackened Tilapia,   $13 Lobster Wrap

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.   Julia and the other servers will make sure you have a great experience.

  Calamari at Fleming

15 W Illinois, Weeknights 5-8
Wednesday Wine Bottles $30, $15 Taco Trays
Thursday Rose and Oysters $20 All you can eat

The Hampton Social
353 W Hubbard, Weekdays 3-6
Half-price wood fired pizzas, Half-price specialty cocktails & rose

Harry Carey’s
33 W Kinzie, Mon-Fri 4-6 (at bar only)
$7 Wine, $5 Half order calamari or meatball, $6 Margaritas $8 Martinis

Highline Lounge
169 W Kinzie, Wed 7-10 $20 bottle of wine and flatbread
Sunday $25 Brunch Buffet

Joy District
112 W Hubbard, Mon-Fri 3-6
$4 Sliders (assorted)

Kinzie Chop House 
Tue & Thurs 4-6 at the Bar & Patio
Buy One-Get One Free Bar Menu Appetizers (here’s the Menu)

The Kitchen
316 N Clark on the river, Weekdays 3-6,
Pulled Pork Sliders

Mama’s Boy
445 N Dearborn, Every Day 3-6
Well, unfortunately Mama’s Boy revised their happy hour.  Gone are the Chicken Parmesan,  Eggplant Parmesan, Meatball Pizza.  New items include $5 sliders… chicken and waffle, philly cheese steak and burger.  The chicken slider is a piece of chicken on what appears to be an eggo toaster waffle.   The new items aren’t bad, but they don’t represent Rosebud like the previous more traditional Italian items.  fortunately they still have the meatball and sausage w/peppers.  There’s a selection of wines ($7-$10) and cocktails.  
 Calamari and Meatball at Mama’s Boy

McCormick & Schmick’s Wacker Drive
1 E Wacker Dr, Mon-Fri 4-6:30
This chain claims the best happy hour in the country.  Here’s the menu.
Kamilla and Diego are both great servers.

108 W Kinzie
Tuesday 5-7 Tacos 2/$6.50

65 E Wacker Place, Mon-Fri 4-7
$8 wine, $8-9 bar bites



Tenderloin Sliders at Pinstripes – $7
435 E Illinois, Mon-Fri 3:00-6:30
$4 Beer, $4 Wine, $5 Well Drinks, Appetizer Specials including Sliders, Flatbreads and Pizza.  Pinstripes is especially nice in the summer when you can dine outside.

River Roast
Saturdays and Sundays – Blues Brunch

$15 Happy Hour Charcuterie  @ River Roast

315 N LaSalle, Mon-Fri  3-5
$35 – Bottle of Rose and 12 Oysters
$3-$7 Bites, $10 Burgers, $10 Cob 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.

Roka Akor
456 N Clark, Mon-Fri 5-6 in the lounge
$5 and $6 appetizers , $5 wines and sake

Rock Bottom
1 W Grand Ave, Mon-Thurs 3:30-6:30
$5-$7 Appetizers, $3 Beer, $5 House wines

720 N State, Weekdays 4-7
$7 wine and cocktails, $7 appetizers

Ruth’s Chris

Steak Sandwich at Ruth’s Chris Happy Hour
431 N Dearborn, Mon-Fri 4:00-6:30
$8 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.


110 W Illinois, Mon-Fri 3:30-6:30
Dim Sum Happy Hour $4-$10, $7 Wine

Union Sushi + Barbeque
230 W Erie, Every Day 5-6:30
$1 Oysters, $2.50 beef filet skewers, $4 shrimp rolls, $5 Moscow mules

Weber Grill
539 N State, Mon-Fri 3-6
$6 Wine,  $4 Pulled Pork Pretzel Bowls, $5 Smoked Brisket Sliders

159 W Erie Mon-Fri 3-6
$4-$7 food specials (Half price appetizer menu)

Easter 2017 – The Moody Church

Kenny Damara – Selections From Romans 8

Orchestra – Prelude

Music – “I am Saved”

Anthem – Choir and Orchestra

Scripture Reading & Hymn, “Christ the Lord is Risen Today”

Christmas 2016 – The Moody Church

City of Chicago Signs 70 Year Lease, Turning 873 Bus Shelters into Stuckey’s Locations.

The City of Chicago will receive a lump sum payment of 19 Million dollars in return for allowing Stuckey’s corporation to operate 873 of the city’s busiest bus shelters for the next 70 years.  “Now, in addition to being able to sit briefly for a modest fee, weary travelers will be able to purchase a wide variety of snacks, including the ever-popular Stuckey’s Pecan Log”, according to Lance Stuckey, great grandson of Ethyl Stuckey, founder and creator of the heavenly Pecan Log.   “We think this partnership will give our aging roadstop empire a shot-in-the-arm;  You’ll be able to use your Ventra card to load up on saltwater taffy!”  Complete financial details of the agreement weren’t available, but it is rumored that the city has already spent the $19 Million.  

Inventor of Smiley-Face Firework Sued for Copyright Infringement

The Acme Button Manufacturing Company, makers of the popular smiley face buttons, has filed a $20 Million  lawsuit against a Melrose Park fireworks company, alleging theft of their popular button design.  “Those bastards at the button company have made billions selling those damn yellow buttons”, said Tony Lomazzo, Chief Pyrotechnic Design Specialist  and inventor of the face shaped fireworks.  “How can you copyright happiness?  We’re going to counter sue. Those pricks won’t be smiling when I’m done with them.”   Pending outcome of the suit, the fireworks company has agreed to temporarily replace the smile with a round mouth hole.

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