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MAX's Wine Dive by Maggie Matuszewska

MAX’s Wine Dive Happy Hour
Don’t let the name fool you—this is no dive. Besides, when was the last time you hung out at a dive with great wine? MAX’s Wine Dive’s happy hour special menu includes honey roasted peanuts, truffle-Parmesan popcorn, pork-stuffed piquillo peppers, Nacho Mama’s oysters, and a good old-fashioned bowl of chicken wings with your choice of sauce. The deal is available at classic happy hour times during the week, but for Fridays and Saturdays they flip it to a late night “reverse happy hour,” from 11 PM to 1 AM.

When: Mon–Thu 4 PM–7 PM; Fri–Sat 11 AM–1 AM
Where: 1482 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60622
Telephone: 773-661-6581



Mott Street's Weekend BBQ
Recently named one of Bon Appetit magazine’s Best New Restaurant nominees, Mott Street is celebrating summer weekends with a bounty of barbecue and music in their intimate beer garden space. It includes marinated kalbi (Korean shortribs), lamb belly ribs, or miso buttered shrimp—all grilled to order—along with kimchi slaw, campfire beans, and a grilled bao, for $16 per plate. And there’s plenty more to go around: blistered shishito peppers, grilled corn on the cob, and chili-lime salt watermelon are also available at $3 a pop.

When: Sat–Sun 1 PM–5 PM
Where: 1401 N. Ashland Ave., Chicago, IL 60622
Telephone: 773-687-9977



Burger + Beer Tuesdays at Unite Urban Grill
Tuesday means burger night in Chicago, and Unite Urban Grill is throwing their hat into the ring with a $16 burger and beer combo. Their signature burger features beautiful Painted Hills pasture-raised beef, sharp and tangy Cheddar cheese, and sweet grilled onions, all on a brioche bun. Wash that back with a beer and relax on a good old Tuesday, in West Town on Chicago Avenue.

When: Tuesdays 5 PM–10 PM
Where: 1450 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60642
Telephone: 312-455-8900



$1 Oysters at Mercadito Fish
Located in the former Little Market Brasserie space, Mercadito Fish is described as “New England with a twist.” If you’re looking for seafood-based comfort fare like fish and chips, lobster rolls, and clam chowder, Mercadito Fish has you covered. Their special deal, always available, is $1 oysters with the purchase of a bottle of wine over $30. And if you’re ordering oysters, aren’t you having a nice crisp glass of wine already?

When: Sun–Mon 5 PM–10 PM, Tue–Thu 5 PM–10 PM, Fri–Sat 5 PM–midnight
Where: 10 E. Delaware Pl., Chicago IL 60611
Telephone: 312-640-8141



Wine Tastings at Lush Wine & Spirits
The two favorite words of any self-respecting wine connoisseur are “complimentary tasting.” At both Lush Wine & Spirits Locations—in West Town and Roscoe Village—specially curated tasting sessions are designed to expand your knowledge—and your palate—in a particular subject. Known for their expertise in all forms of wine, beer, and spirits, Lush’s staff will show you the ropes, from your favorite fermented grape beverages, to the ol’ adult malt soda, to spirits, widening your world from the glass up.

When: Sundays 2 PM–5 PM
Where: 2232 W. Roscoe St, Chicago, IL 60618 and 1412 W. Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60642
Telephone: 773-281-8888 and 312-666-6900



Ceres’ Table's Trio
Ceres’ Table has actually been around since 2009; its original location was in Uptown. Now in Lakeview, its refreshed Italian menu is still pleasing diners that are searching for that perfect bite of Italy. The featured $22 Trio, available Sunday through Thursday, is one of the best deals in town, from start to finish. Begin with a signature pizza, like their Capricciosa, topped with a luscious fior di latte, basil, artichokes, prosciutto cotto, and black olives. Match it with any wine by the glass, or a draft beer, and you also get a sweet dessert to finish off the meal.

When: Sun 5 PM– 9:30 PM, Mon–Thu 5:30 PM–10 PM
Where: 3124 N. Broadway Street, Chicago, IL 60657
Telephone: 773-922-4020

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