If you needed reminding, Election Day is on Tuesday, November 3rd. To encourage people to get out and vote, some restaurants in Chicago are offering discounts to those who show up with an “I Voted” sticker, while others are running meal specials so we have something to distract us while the results roll in. From places giving away free tamales to others with deals on booze, these 16 restaurants are here to help.
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Santa Masa Tamaleria
This tamale-focused Avondale spot is giving away free tamales (rojos, verdes, rajas, and vegan) on Election Day with proof of voting. Just check online before heading over - Santa Masa’s tamales occasionally sell out even when they’re not offering specials.
Carnivale’s $250 “Election Eats” special is perfect if you have a large quarantine bubble. It serves up to 12 people, and includes guacamole and chips, elote empanadas, baja and ropa vieja tacos, charred corn and maduros with corn and flour tortillas, pico de gallo, queso fresco, crema, and house-made hot sauce. Orders must be placed by phone by Monday at 5pm. Call (312) 850-5005 to order.
If you want to treat Election Night like the Superbowl, consider Frontera’s snack package ($55). It comes with queso fundido, two orders of guacamole, fresh chips, salsa, ceviche, and chocolate pecan pie bars.
Lexington Betty Smoke House
Present your “I Voted” sticker at either location of Lexington Betty’s (there’s one inside Dr. Murphy’s Food Hall in the Medical District or at One Eleven food hall in Pullman), and you’ll get a free bourbon-pecan bread pudding.
Remember good ol’ Joe Six Pack from a few elections ago? No? Those were simpler times. Either way, that’s what Alinea is channeling with their “American”-themed election night. It costs $85 per person and comes with pigs in a blanket, soft pretzels, fried chicken, pork ribs, and loaded tater tots. It also comes with an apple pie for dessert, and a baseball stress squeeze ball.
OK we lied, this is the Joe Six Pack special, because it includes an actual six-pack. Jake Melnick’s “All American” package comes with four cheeseburger sliders, a dozen wings, BBQ chips, two slices of apple pie, and a six-pack of High Life.
Ina Mae is offering 15% off their New Orleans-inspired family meals. Specifically a fried chicken dinner (it comes with eight pieces, collard greens, mac and cheese, and biscuits), fried catfish plate (which includes fries and hushpuppies), and the boiled shrimp platter with corn, potatoes, and french bread. Do yourself a favor and get an order of beignets while you’re at it.
If you order a pizza from this brand new Logan Square spot on election night, you can get 50% off one of their 32-ounce half-growlers. They call it a “howler,” which is pretty cute.
This Korean bar has two meal packages available for election night, with each feeding up to five people. The $50 “Bang Bang Basket” (which comes with five sliders or Korean Red Hots, K-Pop chicken, fries, and banchan) and the $40 Buddha Basket (vegetable dumplings, salad, vegetarian bibimbap, fries, and banchan). You can also add a red, white, and blue cocktail kit for $30.
Smoke Daddy in Wicker Parks is offering a $60 “All-American Dinner” for carryout. It feeds four and includes wings, ribs, sliders, mac and cheese, coleslaw, cornbread, and s’mores bites. Yes, that’s a lot of food, but it’s going to be a long night.
The Publican is doing an Election Night Survival Dinner Kit for $30. It includes a honeycrisp salad, entree (like braised pork belly or grilled chicken thighs), mac and cheese (with handmade noodles) and dessert.
Because Funkenhausen suspects the election won’t be decided by Wednesday, they’re offering an election week survival kit that’s available until Saturday, November 7th. Called “Funk Facism”, each package costs $150 and feeds four. You’ll find things like smoked spare ribs with crispy potatoes, or pork shank with pretzel bread pudding, apple cobbler, and a choice of bottled wine or 64-ounce beer growler.
The Dearborn has an election night dinner package for $75. The meal includes two thin-crust pizzas, an order of mac and cheese, 12 buffalo-style chicken wings with celery and blue cheese dressing, and six USA-decorated cookies. There’s also an option to add two “election-themed” cocktails (unclear if “despair” is a theme) for $25. Must order by 3pm on November 2nd.
Saigon Sisters understands that when it comes to election day stress-eating, two sandwiches are better than one. That’s why they’re offering a BOGO banh mi special on Election Day. Just order online and use the promo code FREEBANHMI at checkout.
Rather than relying on food to get us through election night, River Roast’s deals are all about alcohol. Their “Red, White & Booze” special includes a $10 bottle of wine or 50% off cocktail kits, like the Moscow Mule or Old Fashioned.
Osteria Via Stato
This Italian restaurant in River North is offering carryout family meals starting at $15.95 per person. You’ll find dishes like chicken parmesan and braised short rib, plus a pizza, pasta and gelato to go with it.
RPM Seafood’s election night family meal feeds four, and costs $115. It includes a chopped salad, crab cakes, tuna au poivre, hen of the woods mushrooms, whipped potatoes, and pecan pie.