I often get asked by friends and family visiting Chicago (or a tourist walking around with a map) where they can quick grab a drink and a small bite to eat. So here are my favorite happy hour spots in Chicago:
If you're shopping with your best friend or mom downtown head over to Pops for Champagne on State Street for some bubbles and small plates. Pops has nearly 200 types of champagne and sparkling wines and an awesome cheese plate or dessert to share. *If you're in Chicago this Sunday (February 3, 2013) stop by for a Prosecco Party where you can buy one glass, get one free on three different Prosecco selections.
Frankie's Scaloppine & 5th Floor Pizzeria located in the 900 Shops on Michigan Ave. has been my go-to place for meeting friends after work. They recently brought back their 5 after 5 menu with a great selection of small plates and a wallet friendly wine list. I'm a huge fan of the fennel and rosemary pizza with Parmesan and extra virgin olive oil (I literally order this every time I'm there). *If you're in Chicago February 18-24 Frankie's is having a week long celebration for their 5th anniversary with $10 bottles of Frankie’s house Montepulciano & Pinot Grigio (can't beat that). Since their actually anniversary is Wednesday, February 20th you can also receive 50% off all food items all day long. See you there!?
Fleming's Steakhouse is an ideal spot to take your family or meet some friends after work downtown. They have a great 5-6-7 happy hour special in the bar that includes 5 cocktails, 5 wines by the glass and 5 appetizers that are $6 each and served at the bar until 7PM. The cedar roasted mushroom & artichoke flatbread is perfect choice to share with a glass or two of wine.
During the summer months the The Purple Pig is a great choice for sitting outside after work and enjoying a drink with friends. Located on Michigan Ave., the Purple Pig features some amazing housemade charcuterie, cheeses and classic Mediterranean fare plus an extensive wine list. If you want delicious food, a good glass of wine and a fun atmosphere the Purple Pig is the place to go.