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Where to find bars & restaurants with free food in Chicago

Fill up on everything from popcorn and peanuts to pizza and wings—all for zero dollars at these Chicago bars and restaurants

Written by
Elizabeth Atkinson
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We've all been there–you're hungry, but you mostly want something to snack on while you drink. A warm cookie, perhaps, or maybe some pretzels. OK, maybe you want a meal too. Whatever the case, some Chicago restaurants, cocktail bars, beer bars and other spots offer free eats while you imbibe.

Where to find free snacks

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Bacon at Paddy Long's
  • Bars
  • Pubs
  • Lake View
  • price 2 of 4

With a hefty list of craft beer on tap, come by the pub late at night when you can't quite sleep and receive free bacon after midnight Sunday through Thursday.

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  • Bars
  • Lounges
  • Logan Square
  • price 2 of 4

Cocktails reign supreme at Scofflaw. While the line can get long on the weekends, it's worth standing in to sip one of the restaurant's top concoctions. But make sure you stay around until midnight, when the staff serves freshly made chocolate chip cookies.

Popcorn at Quenchers Saloon
  • Bars
  • Beer bars
  • Bucktown
  • price 2 of 4

This Bucktown/Logan Square mainstay with almost 300 choices of beer serves free popcorn with your drink, offering a laid-back atmosphere for beer nerds and night owls alike.

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