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Guilt-Free Gourmet at Allium
Dine gourmet among gurgling fountains and plush chairs while watching your waistline and your wallet with Allium’s 500-calorie lunch. For only $25, you can treat yourself any day of the week to a three-course meal, starting with a Waldorf salad followed by a wild striped bass with lentils, celery root, and red wine, and ending with a decadent chocolate sorbet. Bonus points: The whole menu is gluten-free.

When: 11 AM–3 PM daily
Where: Allium Restaurant and Bar, Four Seasons Hotel Chicago, 120 East Delaware Place, Chicago IL, 60611
Telephone: 312-799-4900

Dine Like Industry on a Dime at Trenchermen’s Industry Night
In the style of comida and the popular staff meals that many restaurants are known to cook up for their employees, Chef Pat Sheerin is creating an entirely new prix fixe menu every Monday night that caters directly to friends and family in the business, but is available to anyone to order (in the Trenchermen bar only). For only $20, the meal includes a choice of vegetable, fish, or meat for two savory courses, plus a combination of sweet victuals and libations to finish, including the “Industry Discount”: a Schlitz and a shot for $5.

When: Mondays 5:30 PM–11 PM
Where: Trencherman, 2039 W. North Ave., Chicago, IL 60647
Telephone: 773-661-1540

Get Your Italiano on with Pasta Palooza at Piccolo Sogno Due
Sophia Loren once said that all you saw she owed to spaghetti; now you can pay homage with Piccolo Sogno Due’s “Pasta Palooza” prix fixe meal, in celebration of National Pasta Month. The three-course, weekly rotating menu from Chef Tony Priolo and Chef di Cucina Gabriel Hernandez will be paired with complementing Italian wines for $45 per person (exclusive of tax and gratuity). On the menu beginning October 5 is tortelli, buffalo milk ricotta and parmesan-stuffed pasta; paccheri con sugo di tonno, large, hollow pasta with stewed tuna, tomatoes, olives, and capers; and pappardelle di cinghiale, wide, flat pasta with spiced wild boar ragu.

When: Sun–Thu 5:30 PM–10:30 PM throughout October
Where: Piccolo Sogno Due, 340 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60654
Telephone: 312-822-0077

The $9 Manhattan at The Barrelhouse Flat
Known for slinging beautifully crafted cocktails, The Barrelhouse Flat in Lincoln Park is letting you in on its industry night special by offering their classic Manhattan: a smooth blend of Rittenhouse Rye, Carpano Antica, and Angostura. Normally priced at $12, on Monday nights they’re only $9. Stick around to rub elbows with some of Chicago’s culinary finest.

When: Monday nights until close
Where: 2624 N Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL 60614
Telephone: 773-857-0421

Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth at Bottlefork
At River North’s Bottlefork, every Thursday, they are serving the brownie brulée for their Hot and Gooey of the Day. Served in a cast iron skillet, it’s an intensely chocolaty brownie topped with caramelized crème brulée. The bad news: you’ll have to wait until Thursday to get it. The good news: Thursday nights will never be the same.

When: Thursdays 5 PM–11 PM
Where: Bottlefork, 441 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60654
Telephone: 312-955-1900

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