Best Chicago Food and Drink Specials for Inauguration Day

Natalie Frank, Ph.D.

Celebrate Inaugruation Day special food and drink deals from these restaurants.

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Like cities everywhere, Chicago has been under a number of restrictions because of the pandemic. No type of business has been hit harder than restaurants, many of whom have lost customers and wait staff or gone bankrupt and closed. Those that have survived however, have done so by tightening their belts and using creative solutions to continue to satisfy their customers.

As the nation watches the transfer of power on Inauguration Day, restaurants across Chicago are offering specials for you to enjoy. As always, it’s a good idea to call ahead as some of these are limited by supply or only offered at certain hours.

Fancy Plants Café 613 W. Briar Place, (773) 857-1588

According to owner and chef Kevin Schuder “Now we have a cafe, and a burger, and it only makes sense to have some kind of event to celebrate getting through it. Really, I think we all deserve a big raucous celebration, but in light of all the covid mess, the best I can do is set out some heat lamps, pump some music through a speaker, and give away burgers to my friends, and maybe make some new friends as well. We'll do it right with what we got. The cafe will be open, so you can get yourself some hot drinks or pastries if you like, and we can all chill outside, have a bite to eat, and nurse a warm beverage. I'll be here, and we hope to see you tomorrow at the cafe from 2:00 - 6:00”

This café in East Lakeview is 100 percent vegan. They will celebrate inauguration day be giving away hundreds of their new vegan burgers from 2:00pm to 6:00pm. You can dine outside at the café while staying warm under their heat lamps. Along with the burgers enjoy Dark Matter Coffee, Rishi Tea and a variety of other vegan daily specials.

Aba Chicago 302 N. Green St., 3rd Floor, Chicago (773)645-1400

You can enjoy a four-course Mediterranean dinner for two for pickup or delivery. The special includes Spicy Hummus, Village Salad, Crispy Brussels Sprouts, Chicken Kefta Kebab with Basmati Rice and Pistachio Cake for $24.95 per person, plus tax. Place your order by 4:00 pm today.

You can also enjoy their heated rooftop patio with light fare influenced by Israel, Lebanon, Turkey and Greece. They have special drinks Mediterranean-inspired wines and cocktails.

B Square Pizza – Downtown Chicago 620 N. State St., (312)642-6980

Known for their Detroit style pizza, this special is perfect to share. This meal for two comes with a classic Caesar salad, Boneless Chicken Wings, a choice of 12″ Pizza and Chocolate Chips Cookies. The family meal is also available for carryout and delivery. You can also order other items from their menu. They are open from 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

Beatrix Multiple locations: River North: 519 N. Clark Street, Chicago | Fulton Market: 834 W. Fulton Market, Chicago | Streeterville: 671 N. St. Clair St, Chicago | Oak Brook: 272 Oakbrook Center, Oak brook

Beatrix is a neighborhood coffeehouse, restaurant and gathering place in Chicago’s River North, Streeterville, Fulton Market and Oak Brook neighborhoods. Designed by the owners of Lettuce Entertain You, it offers healthy food options.

Beatrix is offering another upscale special for you to enjoy at home. This three-course dinner includes choice of one appetizer, an entrée and dessert. Place orders at least 2 hours before your planned pick-up or delivery time. The Beatrix three-course dinner is available for pick-up or delivery from your nearest Beatrix location from 4:30 PM – 7:00 PM.

If you’d prefer, you can enjoy your meal on their heated patio.

L. Woods Tap and Pine Lodge 7110 N. Lincoln Ave., Lincolnwood (847)677-3350

Their inauguration day special is a BBQ feast. It serves two so it’s perfect for sharing and includes Caesar Salad, BBQ Baby Back Ribs & Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, Macaroni & Cheese, Coleslaw and Key Lime Pie. You can have it delivered or pick it up two hours after you order.

L. Woods prides itself on American favorites in a nostalgic Northwoods Supper Club type atmosphere. You can order other meals that can be shared or select from specials such as 12 hour smoked prime brisket, buttermilk fried chicken, and Wisconsin fish fry.

They also have a heated patio if you would rather to eat out.

Smack Dab Café Chicago 6730 North Clark Street, 60626 (872) 241-9111

Smack Dab Café, a favorite local Rogers Park coffee shop, is so over the top thrilled about the Inauguration that it has scheduled a week of specials and discounts to celebrate the new administration. Wednesday has been designated “‘Holy Hell It’s Over’ Hump Day” with a sandwich, pastry, and coffee for $8. Thursday features a “Dirty Dozen” vegan cake doughnuts for $12.

Don’t miss out on their Black Santa Latte which is one of their most popular drinks. It is made from Italian green pistachios, Valrhona chocolate syrup, sea salt, a double shot of espresso and your choice of milk. There’s also my favorite, the Merry Mint Mocha, which has Valhrona chocolate syrup, peppermint, a double shot of espresso and choice of milk. It comes with a side of vegan marshmallows and a candy cane.

A full list of offerings is available on Facebook, and five percent of the week’s sales will go to social justice groups Rogers Park Food Not Bombs, The Love Fridge, Getting Grown Collective and FresherTogether. Orders for pick can be ready as soon as 10-15 minutes after you order. Delivery is also available.

Wildfire Locations: Chicago: 159 W. Erie St., Chicago, IL | Oak Brook: 232 Oakbrook Center Mall, Oak Brook, IL | Lincolnshire: 235 Parkway Drive, Lincolnshire, IL | Schaumburg: 1250 E. Higgins Rd., Schaumburg, IL | Glenview: 1300 Patriot Blvd., Glenview

Wildfire’s is offering a Wednesday night inauguration special. This is their popular Fire-Roasted Greek Chicken, a boneless half chicken meal which is served with roasted potato wedges, lemon, garlic & herbs. They are offering this for take- out and delivery after 3:00 pm. You can also eat at the Oakbrook location on their heated, tented patio.

What’s your favorite go-to meal or restaurant for celebrating? Share your answers in the comments.

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