Who is having teacher promotions and giveaways in the Chicago area this week?

Jennifer Geer

It's time to celebrate teachers. Teacher Appreciation Week is May 3rd through the 7th.

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There's no denying, this has been the strangest and most challenging school year we've ever seen. But thanks to some exceptional educators out there, our kids are getting through it. This week is time to honor the teachers that help make a difference in children's lives every day.

There are specials all week, but the best day for deals is on Tuesday, Teacher Appreciation Day. And don't forget your school ID. Many businesses require it for their specials. Some deals require you to download their app or sign up for email, and some vary by store location, so check ahead to confirm.

Here is your guide to local businesses around Chicagoland that have freebies and discounts for teachers this week.

Dining deals:

Buffalo Wild Wings

At participating Chicago area restaurants, take 20% off your order with a teacher or school staff ID from May 3 to May 7.


Check your local restaurant as this is not a national deal. But some participating Chick-fil-A restaurants are giving away a free entree on Tuesday, May 4th.

Insomnia Cookies

According to Thrillist, teachers, nurses, and moms get a free cookie this week, May 3 through May 9. Teachers and nurses must show ID. However, no such requirement for moms

McAlister's Deli

Teachers can snag a free sweet tea at participating Chicago area locations all week, May 3 through May 7, if you show a school ID.

Also, if you would like to nominate your favorite teacher (and nurses too) for free catering. Nominations end on May 6 and are announced on Friday, May 7.


It's not specifically for Teacher Appreciation Day, but on Tuesday, May 4th, Mcdonald's is giving away for free a regular size of their all-new Caramel Brownie McFlurry. Their website states it's at participating locations and you can only get it through their mobile app.

MOOYAH Burgers, Fries, & Shakes

Get $3 off a $10 or more purchase from Monday, May 3rd through Wednesday, May 5th. Use coupon code THANKS in the rewards app.

Sonic Drive-In

Use promo code TEACHERS in the Sonic app from May 2 to May 9 to unlock a free large drink or Slush.

Taco Bell

This is another one that is not specifically for teachers. The fast-food chain is offering free tacos on Tuesday, May 4th to celebrate "Taco Moon." Because, and why else, the moon looks like a taco that day. Get your free taco online, through their app, or in person.

Shopping deals:


There is no deadline on this. Amazon is offering anyone with a .edu email address (students and teachers) to sign up for a free Amazon Student membership for six months. It's like Amazon Prime with free 2-day shipping and other discounts. Also, check out their exclusive teacher deals.


Get special educator prices on Apple products. Find out the details here.


Teachers can get a $20 Costco Shop Card when they sign up for a new membership online. You must not have had a membership in the past 18 months to qualify. Sign up on their website here.


It's not just for Teacher Appreciation Week. Michaels offers teachers a 15% discount every day, including sale items. Teachers need to enroll online and get verified before using their discount.

Sheer ID

Sheer ID has some deals on their website for a variety of retailers. One of these deals is 15% off Crocs. As you may have heard and as surprising as it seems, Crocs are the fashion trend of 2021.

Before you go

Don't forget, bring your ID and check before you go as not every location is participating in every deal.

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