Benny's Chop House


Black Bull

Eat This Town: Chicago

By Anthony Todd

It’s Blocktoberfest at Dusek’s Board & Beer
Fall is here, which means it’s time for 20 different puns on the word “Octoberfest”—all of them delicious. Dusek’s Board & Beer is throwing a great one, their “Blocktoberfest,” on September 30. Taking over the block of Allport Street outside of the restaurant, they’ll be serving up house-made soft pretzels ($4), garlic sausages with sauerkraut ($7), and apple streusel ($5). Of course, there’ll also be music, a kids fun zone, tons of craft beer, and more, and no tickets are required.
Neighborhood: Pilsen MAP

Ina Mae Tavern

Ina Mae Tavern and Packaged Goods brings the party, NoLa style
There’s a new New Orleans–style favorite in town, and it’s got some great happy hour specials. At Ina Mae Tavern and Packaged Goods, chef Brian Jupiter has been winning accolades for his Southern cooking, and if you show up here between 4 and 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, you can get all of their fried chicken half price, plus discounted signature cocktails like the Papa Doble, made with white rum, fresh grapefruit juice, rhum agricole, lime, and maraschino liqueur.
Neighborhood: Wicker Park MAP

A happy hour worthy of a steakhouse at Benny’s Chop House
Steakhouses can be the some of the best places for weekday bargains—let the people on expense accounts subsidize your happy hour drinking! At Benny’s Chop House, drinks are half price during their happy hour (3 to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday) and, as a unique twist for spirits nerds, they also offer some of their high-end whiskey (hello, Macallen 25 year) at half price as well. That’s a literally unbeatable deal.
Neighborhood: River North MAP

The Promontory

Jollof Wars at The Promontory
On September 16, head to The Promontory for a singular culinary event: Jollof Wars. Jollof is a one-pot West African rice dish made with tomatoes and goat (or beef), and the best African restaurants in Chicago are coming together for a friendly competition. The real winner is you, since for $25, guests get tastes of three different versions of Jollof, and for another $10, specialty cocktails are available.
Neighborhood: Hyde Park MAP

The wonderful world of paella explored at Black Bull
Paella is one of the best things ever, partially because the variety of ways it can be prepared seems to be endless. At Black Bull, they’re taking advantage of this versatility with some collaboration dinners, bringing in different chefs to do their take on the Spanish classic. On September 16, Chef Marcos Campos of Black Bull is teaming up with Justin Moser of Table, Donkey, and Stick to create a special paella. For just $20, guests get the collaboration paella and a traditional paella Valenciana, and for pairing, guests can add on porróns of sangria and rosé for an additional $30-$40.
Neighborhood: Wicker Park MAP

Shore Club at North Avenue Beach

Rosé Fest on the Beach at Shore Club
Don’t let summer slip away just yet! On September 15, grab onto your rose with both hands and hold on tight at Rosé Fest on the Beach. At the Shore Club at North Avenue Beach, a $35 ticket gets you a whole series of rose tastings–but note the price will increase the longer you wait. The Whiskey Fest is the following Saturday and Oktoberfest is October 6th.
Neighborhood: Gold Coast MAP

Early eaters get the deal at Chicago French Market
Early evening discounts are all well and good, but sometimes menus are limited and selections aren’t great. That’s why this particular special, at the Chicago French Market, is so exciting: They’ve got stuff from all different vendors on special. Every weekday from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., you can get treats like $6 ceviche from Tiger Ceviche, buy-one-get-one 50 percent off sushi from Blue Spot Sushi, pork dumplings from K-Kitchen for $3.50, and more. You can even get some well-priced flowers to bring home to your sweetie.
Neighborhood: West Loop MAP

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