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It's National Coffee Day on Wednesday: Find out the deals and freebies in Chicagoland

Jennifer Geer

Time for coffee lovers to rejoice and drink free coffee.

I'm not sure I could survive each day without coffee. It goes beyond the enjoyment of drinking it. I need it. Clearly, I've got an addiction.

If you're addicted like me, or you just want to score a good deal on a cup of java, read on to find out all about this special day and where to get some freebies.

What is National Coffee Day, and when did it start?

The first National Coffee Day began in Japan on September 29, 1983.

Not to be confused with International Coffee Day, celebrated on October 1st, National Coffee Day is observed around the world to raise awareness about the issues facing coffee farmers and to promote fair trade coffee.

What is Fair Trade Coffee?

Fair Trade Coffee must be certified as Fair Trade. It ensures that coffee farmers are paid a fair trade price for their product.

Where to get coffee deals around Chicago on Wednesday?


With any baked purchase, 7Rewards loyalty members can get a free coffee.

Dunkin Donuts

You have to be a DD Perks® member or sign up as one to get a free medium hot or iced coffee with any purchase on September 29.

Fairgrounds Coffee and Tea (Vernon Hills, Hoffman Estates, Bucktown, and Millenium Park)

Order a breakfast sandwich on September 29, and you can get a free 12-ounce cup of specialty coffee.

The Godfrey Hotel Chicago’s rooftop lounge (127 West Huron Street, Chicago)

It's not coffee, but coffee lovers still might enjoy this deal. From now until Friday, October 1, on the fourth-floor rooftop customers can get happy hour specials celebrating coffee. Espresso-Martinis are $8 and Tiramisu is $6.

Krispy Kreme

Rewards members get not only a free cup of coffee on September 29 but also a free donut.

Panera Bread

If you're a parent or caregiver, you can get free coffee all day on September 29 at Panera Bread. (Panera knows parents are tired and they need lots of coffee.)

Peet's Coffee

With the code GOODSTUFF, get 25% off coffee beans, K-Cup pods, and espresso capsules through September 29 in-store or online.

Pilot Flying J

On September 29, using the myRewards PlusTM app, customers can get a free dispensed hot, iced, or cold brew Pilot coffee.


Starbucks is not only celebrating National Coffee Day but also its 50-year anniversary. Bring in a clean, reusable cup (not more than 20 ounces) and get a free hot Pike Place Roast brewed coffee.

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