Chi-Town Chow Down (Weekdays Edition)

By: Nicole Kucharski

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No matter what day of the week it is, Chicago has something for everyone. Deals and specials are plentiful — for those who know how to look. Luckily, we take the tedious job of searching for good-but-cheap food off of your hands. Just for you, Cheap Eat$ for College Peeps has created the go-to guide dedicated to good Chicago eats at outstanding prices.


Let’s start with a lazy, crazy, hazy, or as The Bangles would say, “manic Monday.” No one likes Mondays. With 678,983,234 things to do in order to try and get ahead for the week, it’s no wonder many Chicago peeps don’t have time to cook.  Fortunately, you don’t have to because Chicago has many Monday specials for those who like satiating eats on the quicks. Stopping by Ukranian Village? Check out Cleo’s to try their 25¢ wings. Driving through Wrigleyville? Stop in for Bar Celona’s $2 burger and fries. Planning on being in the Lincoln Park area? Take advantage of $1 tacos at Bird’s Nest.


Moving on to slightly-better-than-Monday-Tuesdays. Since Tuesday is pretty much Monday’s evil step-sister, it’s no wonder that cooking is not an option on those days either. Don’t fear, Chicago Cheap Eater$ are here, and we’ve got a few Tuesday suggestions for ya. Planning on spending some time at Cafe Ba Ba Reeba? Check out their happy-hour special: $3 tapas (4-6pm). Still craving tacos? Go to Wrigleyville for Bar Celona’s $1 tacos. Thinking you’ll be in River North? Get your cheap eat on at Howl at the Moon, when Tuesdays mean $1 burgers and tacos.


Middle-of-the-week-Wednesday is another day that leaves many cheap peeps feeling dazed and confused. By this time you should be on top of your game, but as many of us know, Wednesdays can bring headaches worse than Tuesday and Monday combined. This is where Wednesday food specials come in. Planning on spending your Wednesday with a friend? Check out Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club in Boystown, for its Tuesday entree special: buy 1 entree get 1 free (excluding steak). Swinging by River North? Stop in to Theory for their $2 burger sliders and $3 crab-cake sliders. Thinking you’ll be in Lincoln Park instead? Crossroads Public House offers $1.50 mini sandwiches of your choice.


So it’s Thursday. The weekend is almost here, and for some, this is the weekend. Burwood Tap in Lincoln Park  gives other pubs a run for their money, hosting weekday free-buffet nights after 8:30pm. Cheap Eat$ for College Peeps does not guarantee the quality for the food, but with an additional $4 you-call-its, it’s worth looking into. Driving through Lakeview? Stop in to Duffy’s Tavern for $1 burgers. Passing through the West Loop? Check out the ultimate Cheap Eat$ deal: $9 for appetizer, soup, salad and entree at Dragonfly Mandarin (lunchtime).


T.G.I.F. Time to let loose, since the weekend is finally in full force. In case you feel like munching on some hearty bar food, we recommend checking out Holiday Grill & Bar in the West Loop for their “Free Wings & Things” mini-buffet (4:30-6:30pm). Thinking you’ll be in the Loop this Friday? Check out Plymouth Restaurant and Bar for the $6.99 fish fry, and $5 nacho supreme. For free wings with any beverage purchase, stop at Lion Head Pub in Lincoln Park to get your munch on.

Things to remember: We don’t post food deals and specials without double-checking our sources (usually via the food spot’s home page or by calling directly). We don’t like deals and specials that are finicky or unclear so we stay away from those. Of course, Chicago is an ever-changing city, so keep in mind that food specials and deals are subject to change.

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