Five fall food and drink specials that you just can't miss

Fall has officially begun — so says the calendar, if not the weather. The coming of autumn typically means that we kiss rooftop dining and summertime attire goodbye, while welcoming scarves and pumpkin spice lattes.

However, this fall, we can toast to the season with some awesome food and drink specials around town. Check out the list of the places to hit up as the leaves change color.

For affordable cocktails and a beautiful atmosphere....


Guests can enjoy a House Old Fashioned ($8), a Rotating Seasonal Mule ($6), or El Chingadera, a rotating and seasonal punch ($7). There are also plenty of tasty appetizers to accompany the cocktails — $5 flatbreads on Mondays, $6 crispy shrimp tempura tacos on Tuesdays, $8 Korean fried chicken on Wednesdays, and $7 shrimp and pork chả giò (fried spring rolls) on Thursdays. Arbella’s Happy Hour runs Monday through Thursday from 5pm to 7pm.

For a frugal Italian feast....

Dolce Italian

The River North spot inside the Godfrey Hotel Chicago offers discounted Margherita pizza ($8), tuna tartare ($8), and ricotta cappelletti ($8). Pair those delicious options with a signature cocktail or glass of wine for $8 per glass. Happy hour at Dolce Italian is available six days a week, Sunday–Friday, at the bar, 5–7:30PM.

For a casual evening...

Headquarters Beercade

Open 365 days a year and offering free arcade games, River North’s beercade adds a happy hour. Each day of the week, guests can enjoy a different special such as "Can You Dig It? Tuesdays" when all cans of beer are $4 between 5–8PM. 

For an evening on a budget...

Split Rail

Split Rail offers a value menu that is more than just fast food. The restaurant will be offering chicken nuggets that are just $1 each. A bottle of Rolling Rock is $2; a Crooked Tree IPA is $3; a deep-fried deviled egg with malt vinegar is $4,;and a cocktail made with bourbon, Benedictine and Amaro is $5. Guests can order off this special value menu both at the bar and in the dining room. The value menu is offered Monday–Thursday, from 5–7PM. 

For cheers with a beer...

The Boundary 

The Boundary offers an "apps and taps" weekday special. For $4, guests can grab a tap beer from the day’s rotating selection, or a red or white wine at half price. Pair your beer or wine with a $4 appetizer. The offerings include pretzel bites with sea salt and beer cheese sauce, cheese curds, mac & cheese squares, or baked spinach dip. The Boundary’s happy hour is available Monday–Friday, from 5–7PM.