The 1040 EZ from Seasons
Whether you're looking to mourn your tax day debt or relish in your refund, these cheap food and drink specials will help ease the pain (or prolong the triumph). Specials are applicable on April 15 only unless otherwise noted.
Your happy hour will be extra special tonight, as this River North Mexican restaurant offers a three-course menu for just $15. You'll get to choose an appetizer, an entree and a dessert from among a menu including guacamole, four different types of tacos and vanilla-and-white chocolate flan. The regular Thursday-night "Dine at Nine" promotion will also be in effect, including half-price food after 9 p.m. (reservations required, and you must mention the promotion) and $20-$25 pitchers of margaritas. DJs David Chavez and Mwelwa Musambacine will spin global beats from 6-11 p.m.
The River North bar's lower-level lounge, SUB 51, will erase any lingering tax-day troubles with half-price bottles and champagne all day long. DJ Konsept will spin all night.
O'Donovan's is rewarding its loyal patrons with plenty of tax day specials, including $1 off Harp, Guinness and Smithwick's, $13 22-ounce cocktials, $5 Stoli cocktails and $5 Jager Barrels. If you're looking for something to soak up all that cheap booze, try the Friday Fish Fry for just $7.95.
Cityscape will offer a complimentary appetizer buffet including hot wings, cheddar-jalapeno poppers and grilled veggies with aged balsamic from 5-7 p.m. on Tax Day. Specialty cocktails include the IRS Blue Lemonade martini (Skyy Citrus, blue curacao and lemonade) for just $4.15.
10pin Bowling Lounge
Want to bowl away your bureaucratic frustrations? You can do it for just $4.15 a game at this River North lounge (Svedka cocktails and Sam Adams drafts can be had for the same price.
For a taste of something different on Tax Day, try a classic shawarma or falafel sandwich at this Northwest Side eatery. The fee for this culinary journey? $4.15.
Special $4.15 cocktails at this OTB bar include the Green Meenie with vodka, Midori melon liqueur, triple sec, tonic water and sour mix, served in a pint glass over ice.
Double your pleasure with your choice of a spicy tuna or California roll plus a glass of house wine or domestic beer for just $10.99 on Tax Day at this Streeterville sushi spot.
The South Loop spot keeps it simple with $4.15 glasses of red or white sangria available from 4-10 p.m.
Carlucci (Downers Grove)
Not only can you get $4.15 martinis at this Italian eatery, but you can also enjoy select bottles of wine for that absurdly low price, as long as you purchase an entree. Limit one bottle per table.
The Lucky Monk
After all that work filling out forms, you probably won't feel like cooking. A large, 16-inch pizza will run you just $10.40 (like the tax form, get it?) all day at this South Barrington bar and restaurant.
Meson Sabika (Naperville)
Glasses of red and white sangria are just $4.15 all day at this tapas restaurant.
Both the Northbrook and South Barrington locations of this multi-purpose funhouse will offer all gaming, food and beverages "Tax Free" (meaning a 10-percent discount) from Tuesday, April 13 to Thursday, April 15.
The list of tax-free "Tax-Tinis" at this lounge in the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago includes the 1040 Easy (Absolut Mandarin, Apple Pucker, Triple Sec, homemade sweet and sour and 7-Up) and the Stimulus Check (Crown Royal, Peach Schnapps, Chambord and cranberry juice). You can also write off your woes with the blueberry flavored Exemption or submit yourself to scrutiny with the fruit-fueled Auditini. All tax-free martinis are $13.
Lobby Lounge (ShowPlace Icon Theatre)
Thinking of catching a movie to dull your tax-inspired pain? Make sure to stop into this cinema lounge beforehand for $4.15 bottles of domestic beer and $10.40 12-inch pizzas.
In honor of tax day, Koi and its sister restaurant, Chen's, will offer all Chinese Plate entrees for $10.99. Specials include General Tsao's, Szechwan and sesame plates.
Hopla drafts will be available for $4.01, along with complimentary tarte flambees in the bar area.
Guests who dine at the restaurant will receive a $15 gift certificate for use on their next visit. Complimentary gift certificates will be valid through May 31.
Taco Del Mar
Print out a coupon from the website and get a free taco at this Uptown Mexican spot.
Print out this coupon and bring it in to get a buy-one-get-one free offer on individual plates (valid through April 18).
Visit this Chinese chain on Thursday and receive 15 percent off all food purchases.
Get your food and drink tax-free at the following restaurants: Dunlays on Clark, D.O.C. Wine Bar, Dunlays on the Square, Frasca Pizzeria & Wine Bar and D.O.C. Wine Bar (Lombard).
The Arboretum of South Barrington offers the opportunity to shop tax free at a number of participating retailers (you must print this coupon for the 10-percent discount), including Ann Taylor Loft, Coldwater Creek, DSW, Jos. A. Bank, L'Eiffel Bistro & Creperie, Pinstripes, Sur La Table and more.