Chicago's best spots for frequent diners

By Nicole Bruce

They say you can't buy loyalty, but these in-house loyalty programs at restaurants, bakeries, cafes, and ice cream shops around Chicago are proving there's room to reward frequent diners. We've rounded up Chicago's best spots for loyal customers to eat, drink, and be sweetly rewarded with freebies as they rack up points or purchase punches.

Kinzie Chophouse
This steakhouse staple has a VIP Guest Program (via mobile app) which gives frequent patrons access to exclusive privileges and benefits. Every time you indulge in prime steak, seafood, and house-made pastas, you'll earn points toward a variety of VIP rewards—from free glasses of wine and $25 gift certificates to anniversary and birthday rewards and first access to private dinners and tastings to guaranteed reservations for parties of nine or less with a 24 hour notice.
Neighborhood: River North MAP

La Pâtisserie P Bakery
Highlights at this Argyle Street bakery run by a Four Seasons alum and award-winning pastry chef include Asian favorites like soft, steamed buns filled with savory goodies alongside European-style layer cakes, croissants, fruit tarts, and eclairs. You'll also find freshly baked breads like the Filipino ensaymada, a brioche-like bread covered in sugar. Get your pastries boxed to go or enjoy a tasty treat with coffee at one of the bistro tables—and you'll be sweetly rewarded with $10 off any purchase over $25 after your tenth punch on this printable card.
Neighborhood: Uptown MAP

Nick's Pizza & Pub
Connect with family and friends at the decades-old suburban institution that recently brought their award-winning signature thin crust pizza into the city. In addition to unlimited complimentary peanuts, you'll find the menu includes both curated specialty pies and build-your-own options featuring fresh ingredients. And the more you nosh, the more you'll earn through their mobile rewards program. Get $25 off your next purchase for every 350 points, a free Moose Madness milkshake for your birthday, and even start off with a free munchie just for signing up!
Neighborhood: Lincoln Square MAP

Cone Gourmet Ice Cream
This family-run neighborhood ice cream parlor rewards its loyal, treat-loving customers. The next time you're stopping by the retro shop for a sweet snack, snag a "Lucky You" punch card. Once you buy nine cones or sundaes (and get it punched), you'll score a tenth cone or sundae on the house. Raspberry and mango soft serve or a Cookie Monster cone, anyone?
Neighborhood: West Loop MAP

Colectivo Coffee
Milwaukee-based coffee roaster Colectivo Coffee—with cafes now in the Chicago neighborhoods of Lincoln Park and Logan Square (and soon Andersonville)—gives java junkies a chance to earn points for their loyalty. Members receive insider news and special offers, double points on Tuesdays, a free bulk coffee birthday bag (after accruing 20,000 points in a 12-month period), and free prepared beverages or packaged coffee with redeemable points.
Neighborhood: Lincoln Park MAP and Logan Square MAP

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