Where to eat and drink for Memorial Day weekend in Chicago
MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND PARTIES AND SPECIALS
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MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND PARTIES AND SPECIALS
Memorial Day at aliveOne
After the Memorial Day barbecues, patrons can head to aliveOne at 5 p.m. for FREE pool all evening. Specials will include $3 Hamms, $4 shots of Four Roses and Fernet, and an Old Style draft with a shot of Old Grand-Dad whiskey for $7.
Castaways, the North Avenue Beach hotspot, will open to the public this Memorial Day weekend. To kick off the summer in true beach bar fashion, Castaways will feature live entertainment by DJ's from The DJ Firm from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday through Monday. Guests can enjoy lunch and dinner, served from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. (weather permitting), with menu items like fresh salads, wraps, sandwiches, and quesadillas.
Patio Opening Party at Chelsea Room
The recently opened Chelsea Room, a stylish art and music driven lounge and bar in The Loop, will celebrate Memorial Day weekend by debuting their new 75 seat patio. Guests will enjou beach vibes and 4 custom-built cabanas while sipping on drinks like a Watermelon Frosé with rosé, vodka, mint simple syrup and fresh watermelon for $10.
Memorial Day Weekend Brunch at Commonwealth Tavern
Commonwealth Tavern will open at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sunday and Monday of Memorial Day weekend for a family-friendly brunch available until 2 p.m. Weather permitting, guests can enjoy Commonwealth's dog-friendly patio with seating for 24.
Perfect for Memorial Day dining, Commonwealth's brunch features barbecue favorite like the Breakfast Burger (70% brisket, 30% bacon patty, tavern sauce, bread + butter pickles, fried egg on a brioche bun; $14), Buffalo or BBQ Wings ($10), and even a Kentucky Hot Brown (smoked turkey, bacon, tomato, parmesan, beer cheese, sourdough; $14). While dining, guests can enjoy a $3 Build-Your-Own Mimosa Bar and $6 Build-Your-Own Bloody Mary Bar.
Commonwealth offers a Kids Menu that ranges in price from $5 to $6 and features options like bacon and eggs, grilled cheese, mini cheese burgers and chicken fingers.
Easy Bar will open at 5 p.m. on Memorial Day with specials like a half-off everything happy hour from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., $6 glasses of wine, $2 PBR, and Tecate with a Jimador tequila shot for $6. Guests can enjoy their drinks on Easy Bar's intimate, dog-friendly sidewalk patio with seating for 15 to 20 guests.
For Chicagoans looking for a casual spot to wind down after Memorial Day weekend, Estelle's will open at 5 p.m. on Monday, May 29. Specials will include half-price burgers, $3.50 rotating draft beer and $4 Fernet Branca shots.
Half-price burger selections include the Patty Melt (Swiss cheese, grilled onions served on Texas Toast; normally $10), Surfer Rosa Burger (portobello, Swiss, red pepper; normally $12), Blue Velvet Burger (blue cheese, bacon, grilled onions; normally $12), Roadhouse Burger (spinach, roasted red peppers, black beans; $12) and the Point Break Burger (pepper jack, grilled jalapenos, guacamole; $12).
Chicagoans who stay in town this Memorial Day weekend can enjoy dining al fresco on the sidewalk patio at Hakka Bakka with seating for 12 guests. Available on Saturday and Sundays, Hakka Bakka will offer an authentic chaat menu, which are traditional Indian sweet and savory snacks.
Ranging in price from $3 to $5, Hakka Bakka's chaats include snacks like the Pani Puri (small fried crispy balls, stuffed with a tangy mixture of chickpeas and potatoes and topped with a tamarind, mint and cilantro sauce), and Jhaal Muri (puffed rice, onions, tomatoes, potatoes, traditional spices, topped with a house made sweet tamarind chutney).
Sunday Funday Memorial Day Weekend Rooftop Party at Joy District
Chicagoans who visit Joy District over Memorial Day weekend will enjoy a Sunday Funday Rooftop Party on Sunday, May 27 at 1 p.m. The party will feature a patriotic "Frozen Firecracker" red, white and blue pina colada cocktail for $14. Food specials will include $5 Hot Dogs with all the fixings served from a hot dog cart. Specials are available on the rooftop only.
Guests who visit Kizuki this Memorial Day weekend will enjoy the launch of their signature shaved ice. The shaved ice will be on special all weekend for 50-percent off ($4.50; normally $9) with a ramen purchase. Flavors will include strawberry, mocha and chocolate.
Memorial Day Weekend Happy Hour at MAK
Guests can enjoy happy hour all weekend long this Memorial Day at MAK, Wicker Park's modern Chinese spot. Weather permitting, guests can enjoy the following specials on MAK's dog-friendly patio with seating for 28 guests:
Friday, May 25 and Monday, May 28
5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
-$3 Beers (excluding Sapporo and Hitachino)
Saturday, May 26
5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
-Half-price Wine & Sake
-Wine and sake selections include Gekkeikan Cap Ace Dry Sake, Zipang Sparkling Sake, Bandit Pinot Grigio and Bandit Cabernet Sauvignon
Memorial Day Weekend at the Miller Lite Beer Garden
Guests can head to the Miller Lite Beer Garden on the East End of Navy Pier this Memorial Day weekend for a schedule packed with live music, part of Navy Pier's FREE music and dance series, Live on the Lake! With views of both Lake Michigan and the city skyline, guests can enjoy Chicago's lakefront while listening to the hottest local bands (Memorial Day Weekend live music schedule below).
Friday, May 25
5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.: SunFallen
9 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.: Hillbilly Rockstarz
Saturday, May 26
2 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.: Neil Turk & The Intentions
5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.: 3am
9 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.: Marvin Weathersby
Sunday, May 27
2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.: Sonex
4:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.: DJ Papa G
5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Gizzae
6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.: DJ Papa G
7 p.m. to 8 p.m.: Gizzae
Monday, May 28
2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Adrian + Meredith
5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.: Last Revel
Memorial Day Specials at Remedy
Remedy will open on Memorial at 4 p.m. and offer some post-barbecue specials like half-off everything happy hour from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and a Miller High Life bottle with an Evans Williams shot for $8.
Chicagoans who stay in town this Memorial Day weekend will enjoy Roanoke's signature breakfast and brunch menus. Breakfast is available Friday, May 25 from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Brunch will be available Saturday, May 26 through Monday, May 28 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Breakfast and brunch highlights include Brown Butter French Toast ($11), Griddled Lump Crab Toast ($14), Ribeye Hash Skillet ($15) and more.
Weather permitting, guests can enjoy their breakfast or brunch al fresco on Roanoke's new sidewalk patio on bustling Madison Street. The patio features seating for 25 and full food and drink menus are available for al fresco dining.
Guests who visit Weber Grill on Monday, May 28 will enjoy a $5 burger special available all day in the bar only. The $5 Classic Burger (normally $10.50) features a 1/3 pound certified Angus beef patty, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles and choice of cheese.