By Angela Hazen
You’ve worked hard all day, and you don’t want to head straight home after leaving the office. Instead of jumping onto the expressway and getting stuck in traffic, take a detour to a place that serves happy hour specials. You’ll find quick bites of popular favorites like buffalo wings and beef filets, but also more obscure items like sushi and tapas. You can use this list to make your plans for each day of the workweek and give yourself a break without waiting for the weekend.
Café Ba-Ba-Reeba – Monday
2024 N. Halsted
Chicago, IL 60614
If you want to skip the expressway rush hour, spend a while after work at Café Ba-Ba-Reeba’s happy hour. Lincoln Parkers have long loved this tapas restaurant, but if you are new to the whole idea of tapas dining, a great way to start is at the happy hour. On Monday through Sunday nights from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., the cafe offers tapas plates along with Bud Light and Pintxos, which are bit-sized tapas. So if you’ve never tried tapas, this would be a great place to expand your taste range.
Devon Seafood Grill – Tuesday
39 E. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
If you love amazing seafood appetizers, come to Devon Seafood during its happy hour where it does not disappoint. Choose from appetizers like the small shrimp sushi rolls, roasted duck flatbread and steamed curry mussels. Signature drink specials include Tuesday night’s choice of martinis. So don’t wait for the weekend to try out this delightful seafood place — come for the happy hour and experience why many other locals and visitors insist on eating at Devon.
English – Wednesday
444 N. LaSalle Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60654
Take a break on a Wednesday and enjoy a daily special at English on LaSalle. While there, you and your crew can enjoy burger sliders, half-priced wine bottles and pints of 312. This popular spot offers happy hour specials Tuesday through Friday, and each day it has different choices, so you and your friends may have found a new meet-up place.
Sidebar – Thursday
221 N. LaSalle St.
Chicago, IL 60601
You’ve almost made it through the workweek, so treat yourself by spending an early evening at Sidebar Grille. You’ll fit right in with the crowd of after-work guests all while having some delicious appetizers. Along with a Miller special, you can also get inexpensive mini burgers, nachos barbacoa and buffalo chicken wings. Sidebar has a down-to-earth crowd and great staff that you’ll want to visit with long after happy hour is over.
Union Sushi and Grille – Friday
250 W. Erie St.
Chicago, IL 60654
Regulars speak glowingly of Union Sushi and Grille. From 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., you can help yourself to very inexpensive oysters, beef filet skewers and shrimp tempura sushi rolls. This is a special running Monday through Saturday, so if you love this deal, you can come back on other evenings to enjoy the special and soak up the ambience of a truly eclectic crowd.
Angela Hazen lives in Oak Park, IL. She has worked as a model in Chicago and studied broadcast journalism at Columbia College Chicago. She has traveled to Europe on several occasions, and keeps her readers up to date with local and international style, shopping, fashion and beauty trends. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.