Fourth of July food and drink specials

Celebrate our nation's birthday with specials on cocktails, prix fixe menus and other food and drink deals
A fireworks display dazzles onlookers during Navy Pier’s annual Fourth of July celebration.
Photograph: Anthony Soave A fireworks display dazzles onlookers during Navy Pier’s annual Fourth of July celebration.

If you've got Monday off for the Fourth of July, there's nothing wrong with firing up the grill and cracking open some craft beer at home. Or you can take it easy and have Chicago restaurants do the hard work. Before you stake out a spot to watch the fireworks, check out everything from deals on scones to cocktail specials all weekend long.

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Restaurants, American

The Publican

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Head to the Publican for a barbecue you don't have to grill yourself—they'll be serving up a la carte menu items from 10am–2pm including oysters, tri tip, soft shell crab and French toast.

Restaurants, Seafood

Oyster Bah

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Celebrate on the 4th proper at Oyster Bah with specials like a half fried chicken for $17, baby back ribs starting at $18, combos and steamed lobsters. Head over to the Low Tide Lounge at 5pm for the kickoff of Monday Night Foosball and $4 Anchor Steam.

Restaurants, Seafood

Nico Osteria

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Maybe you partied a little too hard over the weekend and are taking the 4th to recover—if so, head over to Nico Osteria, where they'll be serving the typically weekend-only brunch menu, and you'll be able to nosh on a grilled Italian sausage or knock back rosé (since hair of the dog makes everything better).

Bars, Sports Bars


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For a 4th of July special you can feel good about indulging in, Lottie's will serve specials that will raise money for 1Fur1 Foundation's service dogs program. Specials include $4 for two Chicago-style hot dogs, $4 Fireball shots and $3.50 Samuel Adams Summertime pints. Bring your pooch, there will also be a fro-yo special for the dogs.

Restaurants, Global


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From July 2–4 from 10am–4pm, KICK will serve its brunch menu with Cap'n Crunch challah French toast and burgers. But the restaurant will also be serving a few specials like a Red, White and Blue Stack—red velvet, buttermilk and blueberry pancakes for $10, an All American pulled pork sandwich with cornbread and potatoes for $12 and 1776 Bourbon shots for $5.

Bars, Gastropubs

Commonwealth Tavern

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Build-your-own Bloody Mary's and mimosas are the name of the game at Commonwealth on Saturday and Sunday. Mimosas will be $3 and bloodies $6, with the regular brunch menu offering up dishes like schniztel and Kentucky hot brown.

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Restaurants, Contemporary American


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If you're looking for a distinctly different way to celebrate the 4th of July weekend, head to Frontier. On Saturday, July 2 starting at 1pm, Frontier will host an Americana Pig Luau with an all-you-can-eat smoked pig and sides. Tiki cocktails will also be served a la carte. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased here.

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Restaurants, Seafood

Smack Shack

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Smack Shack will be serving up its normal menu for the holiday weekend, July 1–3, but they'll also serve a special Hurricane cocktail with a red, white and blue theme. It's only $5, laden with rum and juice. Paired with a lobster roll, what could go wrong?