Category Archives: Frugal Eats

Free Happy Hour Buffet – Kitsch’n – Thursday, April 2

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Some free eats deserve double posting. Looking for a happy hour with real food? Delicious food? Enjoy your Thursday by making it down to Kitsch’n in River North for their free Thursday (and Friday) evening buffet.  It’s a very very good thing.

“Kitsch’n River North is considerably larger than the original Roscoe Village location, complete with a couch-filled lobby and a large outdoor patio, but the decor is similar, with kitschy furniture, shag carpet, and quirky ’70s accents. The menu features comfort food such as fried chicken and waffles, puff pastry pot pies, green eggs and ham, and a weekend “hangover brunch” menu. Signature cocktails include the Tang martini and the electric green huggie bear cocktail. There is also a gourmet coffee bar area with grab-and-go pastries for commuters on the run. The cocktail lounge features a large projection screen TV and additional seating.”

Free Happy Hour Hors D’Ouevres Buffet – Thursday & Friday Afternoon Customers can enjoy free appetizers with friends in our cocktail lounge every Thursday and Friday night after work from 4:30-6:30pm. Enjoy daily drink specials.

Cost:  Frugal Free!
When: Thursday,  April 2, 2009 (and Friday, April 3rd)
Where: Kitsch’n River North,  600 W. Chicago Avenue, Chicago
Neighborhood: River North
Time: 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Contact: 312-644-1500
Website: Kitsch’n River North
Duration: Until 6:30 p.m.

Free Eats Sunday – Buffet – Big Chicks – Sunday March 29

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Uhm…whenever someone says buffet I’m there. Whenever someone says free buffet, I’m two steps ahead. Music, free buffet on a snowy Chicago day. You better believe I’m going. Are you?

*Cost:  Frugal Free! (with the purchase of one drink)*

When: Sunday, March 29, 4 p.m.
Where: BIG CHICKS, 5024 N Sheridan Rd (on the west side of Sheridan. Look for a beautiful Art Deco terracotta building, Chicago
Neighborhood: Uptown/Edgewater – Argyle Chinatown
Time: 4 p.m.
Contact: 773-728-5511
Website: Big Chicks
Duration: Until the eats are gone.
Getting There:Take the RED LINE train to the ARGYLE STATION, (5000 N), walk east 2-1/2 blocks, go north on Sheridan Rd for 1/4 block .. BIG CHICKS, 5024 N Sheridan Rd (on the west side of Sheridan. Look for a beautiful Art Deco terracotta building. Or, take the SHERIDAN 151 BUS, to the ARGYLE stop. Walk 1/4 block north to BIG CHICKS on the west side of Sheridan.  Or, (less frugal option), if you drive there is usually street parking south of Argyle on Sheridan Road and on Argyle Street. Sunday day you can park in the Chinatown parking lot for under $5.00 until 7pm.

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Free Food Wednesday- Cityscape Bar, Wednesday March 25

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Enjoy this Wednesday night complimentary appetizer buffet before heading out to  downtown Chicago frugal events. It’s a good thing.

Cost:  Frugal Free!

When: Wednesday,  Mar 25 (5 – 7p.m.)
Where: Cityscape Bar (Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza), 350 W. Mart Center Drive,  Chicago
Neighborhood: River North
Time: 5 – 7 p.m.
Contact: 312-836-5000
Website: Holiday Inn, Chicago City Mart Plaza
Duration: 2 hours.
Getting There:

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Free Food & Conversation – Tuesday, March 24

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Can you spare a little social change with that gourmet meal? For those of you who eat with a conscience, enjoy a meal a conversation at Hull-House’s “Free Soup and Organic Conversation.” This ongoing free event includes a meal and conversation with a leading food activist. Enjoy.

“Please bring your hunger for free soup and conversation every Tuesday. Hull-House Kitchen: Rethinking Soup is a communal event where we will eat delicious, healthy, soup and have fresh, organic conversation about many of the urgent social, cultural, economic and environmental food issues that we should be addressing. We will meet in the historic Residents’ Dining Hall, where Upton Sinclair, Ida B. Wells, W.E.B.Duboise, Gertrude Stein and other important social reformers met to share meals and ideas, debate one another and conspire to change the world. Activists, farmers, doctors, economists, artists, and guest chefs will join us each week to present their ideas and projects. In the tradition of the Hull-House Settlement’s commitment to free speech and Chicago’s Bug House Square, the third tuesday of every month will feature a “Soup Soap Box.” Anyone and everyone is invited to take the stage for 2 minutes each to share their projects, opinions, and visions for the future of food. Hull-House Kitchen: Re-thinking Soup Every Tuesday, 12-1:30pm Jane Addams Hull-House Museum Residents’ Dining Hall 800 South Halsted FREE (donations from $.01 to $1,000,000 gladly accepted)”

Cost:  Frugal Free!
When: Tuesday, March 24, 2009 12 PM
Where: Jane Addams Hull-House Museum Residents’ Dining Hall, 800 South Halsted (MC 051), UIC Campus.
Neighborhood: UIC
Time: 12 – 1:30 p.m.
Contact:312-413-5353, jahh@uic.edu
Website: Jane Adams Hull House
Duration: Meal and Conversation, until done.

Friday Free Food Happy Hour – Kitsch’n River North – March 13

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Stylish and delicious.

“Kitsch’n River North is considerably larger than the original Roscoe Village location, complete with a couch-filled lobby and a large outdoor patio, but the decor is similar, with kitschy furniture, shag carpet, and quirky ’70s accents. The menu features comfort food such as fried chicken and waffles, puff pastry pot pies, green eggs and ham, and a weekend “hangover brunch” menu. Signature cocktails include the Tang martini and the electric green huggie bear cocktail. There is also a gourmet coffee bar area with grab-and-go pastries for commuters on the run. The cocktail lounge features a large projection screen TV and additional seating.”

Free Happy Hour Hors D’Ouevres Buffet – Thursday & Friday Afternoon Customers can enjoy free appetizers with friends in our cocktail lounge every Friday night after work from 4:30-6:30pm. Enjoy daily drink specials.

Cost:  Frugal Free!
When: Friday,  March 13, 2009

Where: Kitsch’n River North,  600 W. Chicago Avenue, Chicago
Neighborhood: River North
Time: 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Contact: 312-644-1500
Website: Kitsch’n River North
Duration: Until 6:30 p.m.

Free Food – Saturday Night Buffet – Cleos – March 14

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Feeling the munchies after attending a free late night concert? Find your way over to Cleo’s on West Chicago and enjoy an all-you-can-eat free buffet.  It’s a good thing.

Cost:  Frugal Free!
When: Saturday,  March 14, 2009
Where: Cleo’s, 1935 W. Chicago Avenue, Chicago
Neighborhood: East Village/Ukrainian Village
Time: 11 p.m. – 1 a.m.
Contact: 312.243.5600
Website: Cleos on West Chicago
Duration: Until 1 a.m. Enough to cover all the munchie hours.
Getting There: Cross streets are Chicago and Damen. CTA Bus: 50-Damen, 66-Chicago.

Free Food Tuesday, March 10 – The Map Room

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You don’t want to miss The Map Room’s International night.  Tonight’s free-food-Tuesday comes courtesy of  Fat Willy’s Rib Shack. BBQ as far as the eye can see.  Pssst…come an hour early this free food feast tends to fillup fast.   Next week, stop by The Map Room’s International night for Mexican night. Free food from El Tapatio.

*Cost:  Frugal Free Food!* (Note: There is a two drink minimum.)
When: Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Where: The Map Room, 1949 N. Hoyne, Chicago
Neighborhood: Buckertown/Wicker Park
Time: 7 p.m. Food service begins.
Contact: 773-252-7636
Website: The Map Room, International Nite
Duration: 7 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.
Getting There: Located one block west of Damen on Hoyne and Armitage. CTA : #50 Damen bus; get off at Armitage or, #73 Armitage bus; get off at Damen.

Note: First 100 people get the free food. Arrive an hour early. It gets crowded quickly! *Note, there is a two drink minimum. International Nite drinks start at $4.00. Well, that’s what they said. Hmm…so, free food, but a drink minimum.