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Sunday Noodles at Yusho


Pizza at Nellcôte (photo credit: Potluck Creative)

5 of the best (non-happy) happy hours in Chicago right now

Sure, everyone knows happy hours have been banned in Chicago since the late 1980’s but throw a rock in any busy strip of bars and you’ll find a creative loop hole that makes happy hour in Chicago just as much of a thing as anywhere else. Just replace the drink specials with delicious food steals and you’re set for a happy adventure. Here are five of our favorite food specials in the city right now.

Table, Donkey and Stick offers sweet relief at the start of the week
On a Monday night, you need something special to get you through the week ahead. Luckily, Table, Donkey and Stick is here for you. The kitchen is open until midnight, and specials abound—food for only $5, whiskey shots for $3, and beer for fifty cents. There’s no way you can beat that at a place anywhere near as great.
When: Monday evenings
Where: 2728 W. Armitage Ave., Chicago, IL 60647
Telephone: 773-486-8525

Nellcôte knows what you need at the end of any weekday
It’s been a long day at work, you’ve been running from one thing to another, and you’re ready to crash. What do you really want? A pizza. Thank goodness for Nellcôte, where you can get a $10 special with a pizza and a beer between 5 and 7 pm at the bar or patio on weekdays. And Nellcôte’s pizzas are pretty special themselves, made with flour milled right in the basement, and baked until perfectly crispy.
When: Mon–Fri 5 PM–7 PM (bar/patio only)
Where: 833 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60607
Telephone: 312-432-0500

TGIW—Trenchermen’s mid-week special burgers
Doing burger night at Trenchermen is one of the most indulgent ways to make that hump day grand. Each week on Wednesday, they create a special burger that’s only available in the bar (recent options included a pizza burger and a fried chicken burger). For $10, you get the special burger plus a beer chosen from a rotating selection of craft brews. If once a week at Trenchermen is just not enough, park yourself in the bar on Monday night and get a “staff meal”—three courses for just $20.
When: Mondays and Wednesdays
Where: 2039 W. North Ave., Chicago, IL 60647
Telephone: 773-661-1540

It’s never too late for oysters at Sink | Swim
There are some great oyster happy hours in Chicago, but most of them happen right after work. Hankering for a late night oyster? Head to Sink | Swim, where bivalves are $1 each after 10 pm, Sunday through Thursday. The kitchen is open late, so while you’re there, grab some shrimp toast and beef tartare to end your evening right.
When: Sun–Thu after 10 PM
Where: 3213 W. Armitage Ave., Chicago, IL 60647
Telephone: 773-486-7465

End the weekend right with noodles at Yusho
Sunday Noodles at Yusho have become one of the city’s most legendary specials, and most of the time you can even still find a seat. For $25, you get a bowl of amazing ramen, a cocktail, and dessert; it’s an unbeatable deal. We recommend going with the Wandering Ramen, if it’s available—a spicy mix of pork, chicken, bean sprouts, and scallions that will wake you up and get you ready for that last gasp of fun before Monday morning.
When: Sunday evenings
Where: 2853 N. Kedzie Ave., Chicago, IL 60618
Telephone: 773-904-8558

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