Memorial Day in Chicago is the perfect time to kick off summer. The weather is typically on the up and up, the beaches are open and the parks are freshly green. If you find yourself hungry, thirsty or in need of some entertainment this Memorial Day weekend, these specials and happenings around Chicago will most certainly do.


Memorial Day Specials in Chicago


Belly Up Smokehouse & Saloon

Beyonce Boozy Lemonade at Belly Up for Memorial Day Weekend

Friday, May 27 through Sunday, May 29 (CLOSED on Monday, May 30)
$10 lemonade cocktail special
Guests who visit Belly Up Smokehouse & Saloon in the South Loop this Memorial Day weekend will enjoy a Boozy Lemonade special in honor of Beyonce’s show at Soldier Field on Friday, May 27 and Saturday, May 28. The $10 cocktail features fresh house made lemonade, Aylesbury Duck vodka, Jumex peach nectar, Giffard Abricot du Roussillon and will be available Friday through Sunday.

1132 S Wabash,’Chicago, IL 60605

Castaways Bar & Grill

Saturday, May 28 through Monday, May 30
Located on North Avenue Beach, Castaways will open to the public this Memorial Day weekend with live entertainment Saturday through Monday and will serve lunch and dinner from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. (weather permitting). Menu items include fresh salads, wraps, sandwiches, and quesadillas accompanied by frozen cocktails and even Corona in a can (No bottles on the beach).

Private party space is available which can accommodate up to 400 people’perfect for corporate outings and special events. Castaways now offers Cabanas available for rent daily through Labor Day. The two cabanas are located on the North end of the Castaways upper deck with a capacity of 10 – 12 people (max) each. The cabanas are available for rent from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. ($1500 F&B minimum).

Saturday, May 28
1 p.m. to 7 p.m.: DJ Jem (Live 103.5 KissFM broadcast)

Sunday, May 29
1 p.m. to 7 p.m.: DJ Jem

Monday, May 30
1 p.m. to 7 p.m.: Click Entertainment/EDM DJ

1603 N. Lake Shore Drive,’North Avenue Beach,’Chicago, IL 60614

Clark Street Dog And Bar

Friday, May 27 through Monday, May 30
$7 to $9 summer cocktails
Chicagoans who visit Clark Street Dog and Bar on Memorial Day weekend will enjoy new summer cocktails including CH Vodka Lemonade ($7), Bulleit Bourbon Sweet Tea ($9), Lakeview Fizz (rum, lime juice, simple syrup, soda water; $7), Maker’s Mark Whiskey Sour (sugar rimmed glass, Maker’s Mark, orange juice, lemon juice, simple syrup; $9), Tito’s American Mule (Tito’s, lime juice, ginger beer; $7) and Red Sangria ($7).

Weather permitting, guests can enjoy cocktails, beer and menu items on Clark Street Dog and Bar’s patio with seating for 20 guests on the intersection of Clark, Barry and Halsted streets.

3040 N Clark St,’Chicago, IL 60657

Commonwealth Tavern Roscoe Village

Saturday, May 28 and Sunday, May 29
$3 to $14 brunch items
Commonwealth Tavern will open at 10 a.m. on Memorial Day weekend and feature brunch until 2 p.m. Brunch highlights include Brunch Schnitzel (herb aioli, smoked potatoes, pickled red onion, fried egg; $14), Pig Muffin (maple pig head, farm egg, American cheese, English muffin; $12), and Kentucky Hot Brown (smoked turkey, bacon, tomato, beer cheese, sourdough, $14). Featured drink specials include a $3 Build-Your-Own Mimosa Bar and $6 Build-Your-Own Bloody Mary Bar.

2000 W Roscoe Street,’Chicago, IL 60618

Dive Bar

Patio Opens: Saturday, May 28

The “crew” at Dive Bar is eager to announce the opening of their new nautical patio. This season, set sail for sunshine and sit back with tropical drinks served dockside beneath pink fringe umbrellas, colorful strung lighting, florals and more. Dive Bar’s enclosed, 50-person backyard patio and dog-friendly sidewalk cafe are located on Halsted street in the heart of vibrant Lakeview.

The full dining and drink menus will be available outside Monday-Thursday, 5-11 p.m.; Friday, 5 p.m.-midnight; and Saturday, 3 p.m.-midnight. Sunday Bingo’Brunch service will be offered outdoors starting at 11 a.m. and the patio will remain open until 11 p.m. Menus may be viewed’here.

The seafood-centric restaurant boasts a bevy of nautical delights, including lobster bisque, calamari, crab cake, boom boom shrimp, grilled oysters, seared tuna nachos, shrimp po’boys, lobster roll, seafood boils (clams; mussels; peel and eat shrimp; snow crab; king crab; crawfish), fish ‘n chips, bourbon-infused seared salmon, Asian black bean sea bass and grilled lobster tail. Land lubbers may choose the new Dive Bar burger, kale salad, grilled ceasar salad, steamed and fried chicken, cajun mac ‘n cheese, teriyaki chicken po’boy, sausage and steak. Side dishes (smashed potatoes, curly sea salt fries, sailor slaw, corn on the cob, szechuan green beans, brown ride) and sweet treats (fruit pie and specialty pies, available a la mode) round out the dining menu.

Dive’Bar’s extensive cocktail menu features an array of tropical drinks (Walking The Plank; Lava Flow; Summer Lei), blended beverages (Blue Lagoon Banana Daiquiri; Mango Raspberry Pina Colada), Mojitos, Hurricanes and “Drunken Sailor Bowls”, perfect for group gatherings (The Volcano; Captain JD’s Skull).’If burly beers and coastal wines and are more your speed,’Dive’Barhas you covered with pints and pitchers of draught brews (Dogfish Head Namaste; Anchor Steam; Scrimshaw), canned beers (Revolution; Tecate; 21st Amendment) and wine by the glass and bottle.
Channel your inner pirate and knock back a few “Smokin’ Shots” made with dry ice (Bayou Juice; Peach Lemon Drop; Captain Coconut; Pear-ly Alive).

3445 N. Halsted Street,Chicago, IL 60657


Saturday, May 28 & Monday, May 30
Chicagoans who celebrate Memorial Day weekend at Flagship will enjoy brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. To take advantage of nice weather, Flagship features a 10′ x 16′ retractable garage door leading to an intimate sidewalk patio on Belmont Avenue with seating for 14. Full food and drink menus are available for al fresco dining.
A sample of the brunch menu is available below.

Eggs Benedict, $12
(Choose any three)
Poached egg, Black Forest ham, hollandaise sauce, buttermilk biscuit
Poached egg, creamed spinach and artichoke, hollandaise sauce, Parmesan, buttermilk biscuit
‘Nola (featured on Chicago’s Best)
Poached egg, sauteed shrimp, Black Forest ham, peppers, onions, tomatoes, Cajun hollandaise, buttermilk biscuit

Crunchy Banana French Toast, $10
Thick-cut egg-battered brioche bread rolled in almonds and corn flakes and served with caramelized bananas and a rum butter sauce

Hangover Hash, $10 (served with a Bloody Mary shot)
Savory blend of slow cooked pork belly, applewood smoked bacon, sauteed potatoes, mushrooms, onions, garlic, spinach, roasted red peppers, tomatoes, white cheddar cheese, toast and two eggs any style

1622 W Belmont Ave,’Chicago, IL 60657

Forno Rosso

Memorial Day Al Fresco Dining at Forno Rosso

Friday, May 27 through Monday, May 30
This Memorial Day weekend, guests can enjoy authentic Neapolitan-style wood fired pizzas on Forno Rosso’s new patio, which offers an outdoor Italian cafe experience in the West Loop. The patio spans the exterior of the restaurant on Randolph street with seating for about 60 guests. The full food menus are available on the patio as well as fresh and light Italian handcrafted cocktails and refreshing summer wines.

1048 Randolph Street,’Chicago, IL 60607


Friday, May 27 to Monday, May 30
From getaways and barbecues to warm weather activities, IVme can help guests prep for and recover from Memorial Day weekend fun. Designed for those who are suffering from dehydration due to jetlag, hangover, exhaustion or cold or flu symptoms, IVme offers patients expedited hydration therapy through IV delivery of fluids, nutrition and medication. Depending on their needs, patients can also opt for a B12 shot for an energy boost or oxygen therapy to help alleviate spring allergy symptoms.
The complete list of services is available on their website.
Appointments required.

1347 N. Wells St.,’Chicago, IL 60610

Kanela Breakfast Club

In conjunction with Memorial Day weekend, Kanela will debut a new summer cocktail menu available at all five locations including the newly opened Andersonville location. Highlights include the Perks of being an Elderflower (Russian Standard vodka, St. Germain, muddled cucumber, lemon-lime soda, served on the rocks; $9), Sofiemosa (Goose Island’s Sofie Belgian-Style Farmhouse Ale with fresh-squeezed orange juice; $7), and Rosemary’s Bubbly (gin, fresh squeezed grapefruit, lemon and orange juices, rosemary syrup, a splash of prosecco, served on the rocks; $9).

Kanela Breakfast Clubs also offers alfresco dining at four locations, including Lakeview, Old Town, Streeterville and Wicker Park.

This charming enclosed patio seats up to 28 guests. Full food and drink menus are available for al fresco dining.

The flower-lined sidewalk patio features seating for 14 guests, and full food and drink menus are available.

The sidewalk patio features seating for 42 guests, and full food and drink menus are available.

The sidewalk patio on Milwaukee Avenue features seating for 14 guests, and full food and drink menus are available.

Visit the website for location addresses and information:


Kick restaurant and lounge, located in North Center, will hold a Memorial Day Brunch on Monday, May 30. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., dining guests may enjoy the weekend brunch menu (green chile pork chilaquiles; silence of the hams; Cap’n Crunch battered challah french toast; biscuits and gravy; lobster omelet; salads, sandwiches, burgers and more) in addition to two holiday specials: Red, White and Blue Pancakes (red velvet, blueberry, buttermilk $10) and The Stars and Stripes cocktail (Denizen white rum, lime and simple syrup daiquiri served over ice with a red, white and blue sugar rim $8).

The new, block-long patio will be open, weather permitting. Reservations may be made by calling or by visiting the wesbite.

1943 W. Byron Street,’Chicago, IL 60613

Kizuki Ramen & Izakaya

Monday, May 30
$4.50 (normally $9)
In celebration of Memorial Day, guests who visit Kizuki on Monday, May 30 will enjoy half-off Shochu Sake flights for only $4.50 at both lunch and dinner. The sake flight features Sudachi (distilled with juice from the sudachi fruit, sweet), Kakushigura (oak barrel-aged, round and rich, slightly sweet), and the Shimauta Awamori (savory, mushroomy, earthy, but smooth).

1482 N Milwaukee Ave,’Chicago, Illinois


Hogwash, California:
Green apple, medium body, floral
Chateau Revelette, Provence:’
Strawberry, basil, medium acid, floral
CVNE, Rioja, Spain:’
Red berries, higher acid, balsamic oak
Vinho Verde Ros’, Portugal:
Slight’bubbles, caramel, strawberries
Le Paradou, France:
Mineral, pepper, red berries
Fattoria Sardi, Italy:
Musty noise, silky soft fruity finish

All wines are priced at $10/glass and $40/bottle, making it easy to sample a variety of options or share a bottle with friends. ‘I’d love to work with you on a story around LUXBAR’s unique Ros’ Cart, highlighting this patio offering as one of the most unique ways to get your ros’ on this summer.

18 E Bellevue Pl, Chicago, IL 60611

Mak: Modern Asian Kitchen

Friday, May 27 to Monday, May 30
Perfect for outdoor Memorial Day dining, MAK offers casual al fresco dining, weather permitting. The patio features seating for 28 guests and full menus are available. MAK offers the dynamic flavors of traditional Chinese cuisine with a healthy and modern twist featuring flavorful food based on recipes handed down from generations.

1924 W. Division,’Chicago, IL 60622

Navy Pier Beer Garden

Friday, May 27 to Monday, May 30
The Navy Pier Beer Garden, on the East End of Navy Pier, is a great place to unwind during Memorial Day Weekend and enjoy Chicago’s lakefront while listening to the hottest local bands (Memorial Day Weekend live music schedule below). At the center of the action by day or night, The Navy Pier Beer Garden is the perfect backdrop for fun social gatherings and casual corporate events.

Friday, May 27

5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.: Ian & The Dream
9 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.: Stache

Saturday, May 28

2 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.: Mer
5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.: Love Cannon
9 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.: No Alternative

Sunday, May 29

2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.: Swamp Heat
5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.: Brooke & The Nice Things
9 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.: The Congregation

Monday, May 30

2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.: Corey Dennison
5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.: Creedence Revived

Navy Pier
700 E. Grand,’Chicago, IL 60611

Oyster Bah

‘Half Fried Chicken, served with Bad Seed hot sauce ($17)
‘Baby Back Ribs (half slab- $18, full slab- $27)
‘Combo with ‘ Fried Chicken and half slab of Baby Back Ribs ($24)
‘Steamed Lobster ($42.95)

All specials will come with sweet corn on the cob and coleslaw, the sides no BBQ is complete without.

And of course Oyster Bah will be serving up one-of-a-kind bottles of wine by the glass as part of the restaurant’s Magnum Mondays deal. Drink a little, eat a lot, sit back and stay a long time!

1962 N. Halsted,’Chicago, IL 60614

Riva Crab House On Navy Pier

Friday, May 27 to Monday, May 30
This more casual version of Riva Crab House, Chicago’s premiere seafood restaurant, is the perfect stop for visitors and locals alike on lively Navy Pier this Memorial Day weekend. Riva Caf’ accommodates guests with a superb seafood menu, gourmet sandwiches, soups, and salads. The caf-s outdoor seating area provides a beautiful view overlooking Lake Michigan as well as access to all of Navy Pier’s fun and excitement. (Patio Capacity: 150 – 175).

700 E. Grand Ave.,’Chicago, IL 60611

Shaw’s Crab House

This Memorial Day, Monday, May 30, 2016, Shaw’s Crab House will celebrate the day of remembrance and the traditional start of summer at both Chicagoland locations!
Loyal customers and new Shaw’s diners alike will enjoy a landmark ‘ Priced Oyster Deal in the Oyster Bar, the entire day.
Guests will have the option of both an East Coast and West Coast Oyster variety. Because Shaw’s opens all its oysters upon request, kindly limit per-person orders to two dozen at a time, so our shuckers can keep up!

Upping the ante further, the Schaumburg location will be hosting an all-day Happy Hour in the Oyster Bar! From 11:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., select oysters, appetizers, and drinks will be half-priced.

For more info, call 312.527.2722 (Chicago) or 847.517.2722 (Schaumburg)
or visit their website:

Stretch Bar & Grill

Monday, May 30
$5 to $14 food and drink specials
In recognition of Memorial Day, Stretch Bar & Grill will offer 25-percent off to all Veterans with proof of Military ID, and they will also receive a free Stretch koozie.

With the Cubs vs. Dodgers game at 4:05 p.m. on Memorial Day, Stretch will also feature Cubs game day specials including $20 buckets of Miller Lite and Coors Light, $15 buckets of Rolling Rock and $5 shots of Fireball and Dr. McGillicuddy’s. Food specials will include The Rizzo (Parmesan crusted chicken fillet, homemade marinara sauce, melted provolone and mozzarella cheese, arugula, grilled ciabatta bread, Parmesan fries; $12), and The Schwarburger (two grilled patties, American cheese, applewood smoked bacon, lettuce, tomato, grilled onion, Stretch burger sauce, toasted old fashioned bun, $14).

3485 N. Clark Street,’Chicago, IL 60657

Tavern On Little Fort

Saturday, May 28 & Sunday, May 29
$3 to $15 brunch items
Tavern on Little Fort will open at 10 a.m. on Memorial Day weekend and feature brunch until 2 p.m. Brunch highlights include the Breakfast Burger (70-percent brisket and 30-percent bacon patty, tavern sauce, bread and butter pickles, fried egg, New England bun; $15), Breakfast Bagel (ham, scrambled egg, beer cheese; $12), and Vegetable Frittata (asparagus, tomato chile relish, aioli, parmesan; $12). Featured drink specials include a $3 Build-Your-Own Mimosa Bar and $5 Build-Your-Own Bloody Mary Bar.

4128 North Lincoln Avenue,’Chicago, IL 60618


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