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5 happy hour specials to check out this week

Written by
Elizabeth Atkinson
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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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