5 Best Chicago Happy Hours to Hit Up For July

Are you stressed, overworked, or maybe just looking for a good time? Luckily, we have the solution for you! There is nothing better than getting off work early and having a sip of your favorite cocktail, right? Right. With Chicago now being fully open, it means that Happy Hour is back! There are so many specials going on right now, just in time for summer. But I have found 5 of the BEST Chicago Happy Hours to hit up for July. Trust me they won’t disappoint! 

Porter Kitchen & Deck

150 N. Riverside Plaza, Chicago, IL 60606

Porter Kitchen & Deck features two standout outdoor areas for guests to take in the city scenery. The restaurant spills out onto an expansive lower patio overlooking the river and the second outdoor space, known as the Deck, features lounge seating and tables. Their menu features classic American cuisine in an elegant and relaxed setting. Porter Kitchen & Deck is open Tuesday – Friday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Saturday from 4:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

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Happy Hour Special: $7 Svedka Mules, $8 Classic Margaritas, $9 Old Fashion, $9 Select Wines by the Glass

Time: Thursday & Friday | 3-6 pm

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80 Proof (Old Town)

1500 N Wells St, Chicago, IL 60610 

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Whether it’s brunch, happy hour, or dinner, dine at 80 Proof al fresco style on their sidewalk patio surrounded by greenery. Their patio is dog-friendly too! 80 Proof features a vegan menu, alongside a selection of classic items. The menu introduces a new take on fun vegan bar food, such as Nashville Boneless Cauliflower, Mac and Cheese, a vegan Gringo Burrito made with Beyond chorizo, and the Bahn Mi Mushroom Sandwich with crispy oyster mushrooms.

Happy Hour Special: $5 Jimador shot, $5 draft beer, $15 Bam! (Big Ass Mixers)

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Time: Wednesday-Friday | 5-7 pm

The Walk In 

2727 North Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL 60647

The Walk In is a Chicago cocktail lounge and bar located in Logan Square that is connected to the Red Star Liquor store by way of a walk-in cooler door. ‘Friendly as Fuck, with a nod to the ’60s and 70’s gritty funk, soul, & Rock N’ Roll, it’s impossible for you not to tap your foot while sipping your cocktail. Housed in a vintage building over 100 years old, this cozy watering hole pours beer and cocktails in a modern-industrial lounge setting with booths and drink rails, vintage speakers, and rolling garage doors that open to a seasonal patio.

Happy Hour Special: $6 cocktails, $4 select drafts

Time: Monday through Friday | 5-8 pm

Sparrow 

12 West Elm St, Chicago, IL 60610

Inspired by the great hotel lobby bars of Chicago,  Sparrow is iconic in its look, service, and offerings.  1930s-era rum-focused cocktails lead the offerings along with a rotating shortlist of classics, a small European-focused wine list, and 10 rotating draft handles. The classic art deco apartment building and its lobby bar are a true reflection of the sophistication and maturity of the surrounding Gold Coast neighborhood. This lobby bar has been restored after 75 years. They are open Monday through Saturday from 4 pm to 2 am and until 3 am on Saturdays. 

Happy Hour Special: $5 Drafts, $10 Wines by the Glass

Time: Monday through Friday | 4-7 pm

Beatrix 

Streeterville: 671 N. St. Clair Street, Chicago, IL

Fulton Market: 834 W. Fulton Market St, Chicago, IL 

River North: 519 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL

Beatrix is a neighborhood coffeehouse, restaurant, and meeting place in Chicago’s River North, Streeterville, Fulton Market, and Oak Brook neighborhoods. The menu features healthy meets delicious options and is known for its iconic coffee and bakery counter, including signature cookies and in-house pastry favorites. 

Happy Hour Special: $5 Select Beers, $7 Select Wines, $9 Select Hand-Crafted Cocktails

Time: Monday through Thursday | 3-5 pm

Featured Image Credit: 80 Proof Chicago on Facebook