Mar 4, 2024 - Things to Do

Where to get the best birthday discounts in Chicago

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Illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios

Nothing says: "Happy 187th" like free stuff!

The big picture: Milking your birthday for free stuff is a tale as old as, well, Chicago, which turns 187 years old Monday.

Here are some good Chicago freebies you can use on any birthday:

🍕 Food

Superdawg: Free Supersandwich and large soft drink

Lettuce Entertain You restaurants: $15 or $20 off for dining rewards members

Home Run Inn: Free personal pan

Levy Restaurants: $15 off during your birthday month

Pizzeria Uno: $10 off $25

🍰 Sweets

Portillo's: Free piece of chocolate cake

Lou Malnati's: Free dessert with $10 or more

ğŸŽŸï¸ Activities

RedBox: Free movie rental

Waveland Bowl: $5 for reward members.

🥃 Drinks

Basically any bar will give you a free shot. Just don't be annoying about it.

And if you're looking for a freebie on Chicago's birthday, check out this event about the city's rich architectural history.

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