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10 Great Places for Happy Hour

After the Illinois legislature overturned a statewide ban on happy hour last August, after-work drink specials proliferated, and not just at bars. Here are some exceptional deals at top restaurants—and when to get ’em.

Happy hour at the Boarding House   Photo: Andrew Narwocki
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Balena
1633 N. Halsted St., website
The Italian go-to offers two sommelier-picked wines and one vermouth for $6 a glass, plus light bites.
Monday5-6:30 p.m.
Tuesday5-6:30 p.m.
Wednesday5-6:30 p.m.
Thursday5-6:30 p.m.
Friday
BellyQ
1400 W. Randolph St., website
A list of $5 specials includes 25-ounce cans of Kirin beer, glasses of sake, a house punch, and some snacks.
Monday4:30-7 p.m.
Tuesday4:30-7 p.m.
Wednesday4:30-7 p.m.
Thursday4:30-7 p.m.
Friday4:30-7 p.m.
Bistronomic
840 N. Wabash Ave., website
In what must be the easiest deal to remember, you can get glasses of still wine for $5 and sparkling for $7 from 5 to 7 p.m.
Monday5-7 p.m.
Tuesday5-7 p.m.
Wednesday5-7 p.m.
Thursday5-7 p.m.
Friday5-7 p.m.
The Boarding House
720 N. Wells St., website
The vino temple offers half-price wines by the glass and $10 specialty pizzas in the bar area.
Monday4:30-6:30 p.m.
Tuesday4:30-6:30 p.m.
Wednesday4:30-6:30 p.m.
Thursday4:30-6:30 p.m.
Friday4:30-6:30 p.m.
Community Tavern
4038 N. Milwaukee Ave., website
There’s a different half-price deal each day: appetizers Tuesday, wines Wednesday, draft beers Thursday, cocktails Friday.
Monday
Tuesday5-7 p.m.
Wednesday5-7 p.m.
Thursday5-7 p.m.
Friday5-7 p.m.
Dove's Luncheonette
1545 N. Damen Ave., website
Paul Kahan’s Tex-Mex diner does $5 mezcal and tequila, tiny $2 beers, and $6 Bloody Marias (basic Bloody with tequila).
Monday3-6:30 p.m.
Tuesday3-6:30 p.m.
Wednesday3-6:30 p.m.
Thursday3-6:30 p.m.
Friday3-6:30 p.m.
GT Fish & Oyster
531 N. Wells St., website
Slurp and sip: Get draft beer, wines by the glass, and oysters for half price.
Monday3-6 p.m.
Tuesday3-6 p.m.
Wednesday3-6 p.m.
Thursday3-6 p.m.
Friday3-6 p.m.
The Radler
2375 N. Milwaukee Ave., website
This German resto marks down its entire draft list to $4 for a 10-ounce pour (and $3 for select cans) to go with $5 apps.
Monday
Tuesday5-7 p.m.
Wednesday5-7 p.m.
Thursday5-7 p.m.
Friday5-7 p.m.
Salero
621 W. Randolph St., website
Look for half-price pintxos and drinks (a selection of beers, cocktails, and white sangría).
Monday5-7 p.m.
Tuesday5-7 p.m.
Wednesday5-7 p.m.
Thursday5-7 p.m.
Friday
Sepia
123 N. Jefferson St., website
This sleek, spendy three-and-a-half-star lounge may offer the best deal of all: $6 cocktails, wine, beer, and nibbles.
Monday4-6 p.m.
Tuesday4-6 p.m.
Wednesday4-6 p.m.
Thursday4-6 p.m.
Friday4-6 p.m.

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