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5 happy hour specials to check out this week

Written by
Elizabeth Atkinson

It's Chicago Marathon week, and if you're like me, you're scrolling through your Facebook page wondering why you weren't motivated enough this year to run even something nice and short, like a 5K. That's all right—instead of beating ourselves up about failed goals, we're going to find a few happy hours to make this fall-feeling week move right on by. So, if you aren't carbing up for the Chicago Marathon this week or saving your next drink for that post-race beer, here are a few happy hour specials to get you through the week.

Every day: For those who can't quite make a decision, head to aperitivo hour at Osteria Via Stato. From 4–6pm you can get wine, sangria and beer for only $5 a glass and the cocktail of the day for $8. There are also complimentary small plates like house-marinated olives, roasted balsamic garlic and ciabatta bread.

Monday–Friday: Looking to try some high-end wine on the cheap? Swift & Sons is your best bet. From 4:30–6pm you'll get to try a wine that's generally a little pricey but cheaper for happy hour. This month, it's 2013 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay, Napa Valley and 2013 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon for $12 per glass (regularly $25 per glass).

Monday–Friday: From 4–6pm, The Betty serves up cheap snacks to get your night started. Grab dishes like baba ghanoush with tzatziki and house-made pita for $7, or a tartine with n'duja, egg, frisee and truffle oil for $8.

Monday–Friday: Wine and bruschetta? Yes please. Enolo Wine Cafe serves up a wine and bruschetta pairing for $5 from 3–6pm.

Wednesday–Friday: Naoki Sushi offers up half-off premium sake and half-off temaki hand rolls like spicy tuna, king crab with cucumber and avocado and hamachi with scallion and cucumber from 5:30–6:30pm.

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