Dining out: Enjoy Memorial Day with craft beer, brunches, specials for veterans and more

There’s not much better than a long holiday weekend, and we’ve got plenty of ways to help you enjoy it with a craft beer celebration, bonus Monday brunch happenings and specials for veterans on Memorial Day.

Old Town Pour House locations in Naperville and Oak Brook are offering 70 different beer options as well as a special food and beer pairing until Tuesday, May 28. Courtesy of Bottleneck Management

Overtime for craft beer week

American Craft Beer Week officially ended May 19, but Old Town Pour House is sending the celebration into overtime with 70 unique beer options Wednesday through Tuesday, May 22-28. Guests can also enjoy a pairing of Italian Beef Mac N Cheese with a local Dovetail Vienna Lager. The limited-time dish features shaved rib-eye, sweet peppers, caramelized onions, housemade giardiniera and cavatappi pasta smothered in a beer cheese sauce. The beer week specials are available at the Naperville and Oak Brook locations.

Memorial Day dining

Monday is Memorial Day, when we honor men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. It’s also a day where family and friends gather for good company and good food. Many restaurants are offering specials for veterans on Monday, while others have added an extra day of brunch.

The Assembly in Hoffman Estates and West Dundee is offering veterans 50% off an entree when they dine in on Monday, May 27. The offer excludes other specials; must show military ID or dog tags.

Beatrix will be offering the weekend brunch menu on Memorial Day. Courtesy of Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises

Beatrix in Oak Brook has added an extra day to their weekend brunch for the holiday. Stop in Monday for a cold brew or honey cinnamon latte, along with new brunch dishes like chilaquiles and biscuits with chicken sausage gravy.

Hampton Social is extending its weekend brunch to Monday, when diners can order a Hampton Frose while enjoying the brunch menu from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Burr Ridge, Skokie and South Barrington.

City Works and Old Town Pour House locations are hosting a special Memorial Day Rock N Roll-themed brunch, including specialties such as the Jon Bun Jovi. Courtesy of Bottleneck Management

Old Town Pour House and City Works Eatery and Pour House locations are offering their Rock N Roll brunch on Monday, where diners can enjoy a Jon Bun Jovi cinnamon roll, Sweet Child O’ Mine stuffed French toast or Easy Like Sunday Morning breakfast flatbread.

• Head to Pinstripes for a grilling feast from Saturday to Monday with a summer spread of burgers, Italian sausage, grilled chicken and summer sides, as well as icy drinks and live music Saturday and Monday. Suburban locations are in Northbrook, Oak Brook and South Barrington.

Shaw's Crab House in Schaumburg is offering the oyster happy hour on Memorial Day with half-price bottles of wine. Courtesy of Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises

Shaw’s Crab House in Schaumburg is offering its oyster happy hour from 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., with half-price bottles of wine at the Oyster Bar for dine-in.

Twin Peaks is honoring veterans and first responders with 20% off entrees on Memorial Day. You can find suburban locations in Oakbrook Terrace and Warrenville.

New Jersey Mike’s

Jersey Mike’s is opening a new location in Huntley on Wednesday, May 22, and to celebrate they’re holding a fundraiser for Huntley-area schools. The sub shop at 12860 Route 47 has been distributing a special fundraising coupon through a grass-roots effort in the community. Anyone with a coupon (and you must have the coupon) can make a minimum $3 donation to their preferred Huntley school in exchange for a regular sub. The fundraiser runs Wednesday through Sunday, May 22-26. The new restaurant will be open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. (224) 655-3909.


You can take a break from the hustle and bustle and enjoy The Graceful Ordinary’s high tea for mental health Saturday, May 25, in St. Charles. Learn about mindfulness from Geneva-based mental health provider TriCity Family Services while indulging in craft tea blends and bites. The day starts at 11 a.m. with a short breath work meditation led by a RYT-certified yoga instructor, followed by a thoughtful selection of canapés and sweets from the TGO team, each paired with a unique leaf blend by The Irie Cup (or opt for coffee or a selection of N/A drinks if tea isn’t your thing). Proceeds from the event will support Tri City Family Services in their mission to provide quality mental health services that are accessible and affordable for residents in the Kane County area. Tickets are $66 for adults, $42 for kids 3-12 and are available at Resy.

  Take part in “Trivia Under the Stars” on the patio between Atlas Chicken Shack and Preservation restaurant in Geneva every Tuesday night. Rick West/

Question … do you like trivia?

The folks at Preservation in downtown Geneva do, and they want you to join them for “Trivia Under the Stars” starting at 6:30 p.m. every Tuesday with the Chicago Trivia Guys. Their large outdoor patio is situated between Preservation and sister restaurant Atlas Chicken Shack, so you can order food from either while sipping a craft cocktail, wine or beer. Also, there’s plenty of room for kids to run around in the back fenced-in area while you prove just how smart you are.

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