Shoppers visit stores along a section of Michigan Avenue known as the Magnificent Mile.  (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Shoppers visit stores along a section of Michigan Avenue known as the Magnificent Mile. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

“Let me tell you how it will be, There’s one for you, 19 for me,” said the taxman via The Beatles. The IRS may taketh away but these Chicago businesses are giving back to ease your monetary pain on Tax Day 2016.
900 North Michigan Shops
900 N. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 915-3916

The eighth annual “tax-free” event at 900 North Michigan Shops takes place between Friday, April 15 and Sunday, April 17, 2016 and promises  a “more than ‘tax-free’” discount in celebration of Tax Day. Select shops not only cover the cost of sales tax but also offer an added percentage off for being stellar customers. The once-per-year promotion will save you 15 percent on merchandise at retail establishments like J.Crew, MaxMara, L.K. Bennett, Mezlan, Glasses LTD. and others. In addition, there’s cheap (for Chicago) $10 parking through Sunday, April 16. Just get your parking ticket validated with purchase on same-day receipts. If you have questions, head to the concierge desk.

Clark St. Dogs And Bar
3040 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60657
(312) 281-6690

Perhaps the taxman’s evil ways mean you won’t be a MaxMara or J.Crew store for the rest of the year. A guy and girl’s gotta eat, so head to the place with the prices of peasants and food fit for a king and queen at Clark St. Dogs and Bar. Tax relief specials for five bucks and under on Monday, April 18 include: $2 Bud Lights, $5 pickle backs, $3.50 drafts, $5 vodka lemonades and a $3.50 beer of the month. Since 1977, the Velliotis family has been filling local bellies with Vienna Beef Chicago-style hot dogs ($3.39), an exceptional Philly steak sandwich plus beef and burgers at low prices.

Chicago Mariott Magnificient Mile
540 N. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 836-0100

The  special “Tax Day Menu” on Monday, April 18 will allow you to feel as though your wallet is Trumpian in size. Bites will be priced at $4.18 so you and your friends can cry in your beer (Rush Rooftop Honey Wheat brewed in-house with honey from the rooftop beehives for $4.18) and chomp on elevated apps like beer nuts made with Eugene porter and bacon, house olives in gin marinade, market vegetables that are pickled in-house and kettle chips for dunking into smoked onion and whiskey dip.

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The Pony
1638 W. Belmont
Chicago, IL 60657

After you pony up to the IRS agent, get to The Pony for Tax Relief Happy Hour on Monday, April 18. The Lakeview bar and eatery is known for great beer, Pony punches and comfort food, retractable roof to let the sunshine in and a friendly atmosphere. All of which you’ll need on Tax Day. From 5 to 7 p.m. specials will include $4.18 burgers, $4.18 Bulleit Bourbon and $4.18 local pints (Half Acre, Lagunitas, Revolution, Goose Island). Hoof it over.

Hard Rock Cafe Chicago 
 63 W Ontario St.
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 943-2252

Internal Revenue Agents generally won’t win any Miss Congeniality sashes and tiaras, but that doesn’t mean you can’t inject a little levity and the chance to win a juicy burger into your Tax Day. On Monday, April 18, Hard Rock Cafe Chicago brings back its “Sing For Your Supper” between 6 and 8 p.m. You’ll have the chance to climb up on stage and warble along to live band karaoke in exchange for a free Original Legendary Burger. This substantial disc of meat is a Certified Angus Beef patty topped with smoked bacon, cheddar cheese, golden fried onion ring, cool and crisp lettuce and a nice slice of ripe tomato. Go ahead and have a glass of liquid confidence before your turn on stage!

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Jacky Runice has been a columnist with the Daily Herald Chicago since grunge music and flannel was the new black. Her fingers and gray matter have been busy as travel editor of Reunions Magazine; penning a column that was syndicated around the nation via Tribune Media Services. Her work can be found at