The Happiest of Happy Hours

In case you somehow haven't heard, the ban on happy hour in Illinois has been overturned, which means restaurants and bars throughout Chicago have been coming out of the woodwork with new happy hour specials aplenty. Amidst the frenzy, we sussed out some of our happiest happy hour specials worth checking out: 


Fried pickles on deck at Adamus

Osteria Langhe: Instead of plain old happy hour, Osteria Langhe in Logan Square is upping the ante with its new aperitivo hour. Every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, the Italian restaurant offers 50% off cocktails at the bar from 5:30 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Drinks include the Manhattan Piemontese made with Redemption Rye, Cardamora, vermouth, and bitters; the Ristoro made with gin, Cocchi Americano Rosa, and lime; and the Americano Negroni featuring Cappalletti, Cocchi Vermouth Di Torino, and soda. Additionally, Osteria Langhe features several signature cocktails half off on Mondays from 5:30 p.m. until midnight, which is a nice way to ease into the week. 

III Forks Prime Steakhouse: Through the work week, III Forms Prime Steakhouse gets in on the happy hour action from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. During this time, guests can partake in $1 oysters and half price draft beers and tap cocktails in the main dining room and on the rooftop patio. 

Carriage House: Happy hour specials abound at Wicker Park's Carriage House. The Southern accented restaurant features all sorts of discounted deals Tuesday through Friday from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m., including various Dixie cocktails for $5, rosé by the glass for $5, beer and shot combos for $5, and 50% off for snacks like pickles, pimento cheese, deviled eggs, and foie gras mousse. 

Adamus: Happy hour runs for three happy hours at Adamus, which features food and drink bargains Monday through Friday from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. On deck is $4 bottles and cans of beer, $5 glasses of house wine, and $6 Rail cocktails to drink. Food-wise, a slew of $7 appetizers include artichoke flatbread, bags of fried pickles, vegetable hummus, BBQ brisket sliders, and a duo of dips and chips. 

Bar Pastoral: Wine is the focal point of happy hour at Bar Pastoral, where the weekday deal goes a bit more upscale. Here, "Wine O'Clock" is a classy happy hour alternative available Monday through Thursday from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. During this time, glasses of wine go for $7 from the by-the-glass list, which normally goes for $10 a pop. 

- Matt Kirouac