2022 Father’s Day specials at Chicago restaurants


While Mother’s Day celebrations traditionally involve breakfast in bed or brunches with flowing mimosas, figuring out what to do for Father’s Day can be a little trickier.

Fortunately, Chicagoland’s bars and restaurants make planning easier by offering a wide range of events and specialties with an emphasis on big steaks, beer and whiskey. Whether you think your dad would love a multi-course wine dinner with plenty of time to talk or a bowling outing where he can show off his skills, these 29 spots make it easy to spend some quality time together.

All events are on Sunday, June 19, unless otherwise stated.

Does your Chicago-area restaurant, bar, or food business offer holiday specials? Send them to food editor Ariel Cheung at [email protected].

Let your dad relax at this newly revamped restaurant and enjoy a three course French dinner including prawns baked in garlic butter topped with buttered choux, pepper tenderloin with sautéed soft shell crab and grilled asparagus, and a chocolate souffle with Bailey’s Ice Cream Truffle. The $69 menu is served from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. 64 Green Bay Road, Winnetka; 847-441-3100; georgetroisgroup.com/barking

Lasagna gets the luxury treatment, loaded with pork, veal, beef, ricotta and fior di latte, for Father’s Day weekend. Additional specialties include culatello ham with compressed melon and key lime pie. 18 S. Michigan Ave., 312-578-0763, acantochicago.com

This Andersonville eatery will be serving up specials all weekend, including baked ziti with traditional Bolognese sauce ($24), fire-roasted 18-ounce rib eye ($40), and German chocolate cake with Toasted Coconut Pecan Frosting ($9). 5101 N. Clark St., 773-942-7572, barromachicago.com

Grill enough burgers for a crowd with the Super Stacker Party Pack, which includes eight ½-pound burgers with all the fixings, plus queso dip, guacamole, tortilla chips and salad for $175. 1150 S. Michigan Ave., 312-988-0162, goodeatsgroup.com/burger-bar-chicago

Dads receive free entree with the purchase of any other meal at the chain’s Ohio Street and Lincoln Park stores. 200 E. Ohio St., 312-335-0668; 1000 W. North Ave., 312-846-6460; burritobeach.com

Thank dad for all those grass clippings and heavy loads with a whole fried lobster washed down with a lemon brandy remoulade. Or, opt for the peasant boil, with crab, gulf shrimp, garlic sausage, potatoes and corn on the cob. Finish things off with a dark chocolate turtle sundae. 730 W. Grand Avenue, 312-243-8955, the-dawson.com

Giveaways are made easy at this West Town brewery collective, which will give customers two engraved beer mugs with the purchase of six-packs of four until Father’s Day. 417 N. Ashland Ave, 773-295-1270, districtbrewyards.com

Zuccardi Family Wines owner Sebastian Zuccardi will lead a wine dinner featuring grilled beef and shellfish. The event starts at 6 p.m. and tickets are $200. 845 W. Washington Boulevard, 312-265-1130, elchechicago.com

To celebrate both Father’s Day and Juneteenth, this Wicker Park favorite will feature live music from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, featuring $5 Cigar City drafts and $10 Old-Fashioneds. 1415 N. Wood St., 773-360-8320, inamaetavern.com

Father’s Day weekend will bring a host of sumptuous specialties to this chic and laid-back restaurant on Michigan Avenue. Feast on barbecued short ribs marinated in Guinness, cold oysters and, for dessert, a crisp sea bass with malted milk ice cream. 24 S. Michigan Ave., 312-372-4243, thegagechicago.com

Take Dad on a trip to Spain with a deluxe lamb roast on the patio that includes cocktails, oyster shooters, lamb belly with Catalan greens, Basque hind leg roast with salsa verde and fernet slushies from 6 p.m. Dinner costs $300 for a table for two or $600 for four. 2700 W. Chicago Avenue, 773-661-9577, heritage-chicago.com

Share a family competition with a $50 Father’s Day package including a game of bowling, a burger, a pint of beer and a keepsake pin. 1500 N. Clybourn Ave, 312-973-4920; 5505 Place du Parc, Rosemont, 847-233-0099; kings-de.com

Learn all about the distillery’s new limited-edition bail-bottled rye whiskey during a 1 p.m. workshop. The $25 ticket includes a spirits tasting and a drink to go. 4241 N. Ravenswood Ave, 312-878-7988, distillerie-koval.com

Watch the US Open Championship and let dad show off his golf skills by putting a ball in a cup for a chance to win a $100 Golden Tee gift card or Hollywood Casino concert tickets. Enjoy specials like $10 Burgers, $4 Michelob Ultra, $6 Ketel One John Dalys, and $8 Old Fashioned Bulleit. 1925 W. Cortland St., 773-489-0738, lottiespub.com

Lambs Farm’s restaurant, which provides vocational training for adults with developmental disabilities, offers a brunch buffet from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for $28 ($12 for children). One must reserve. 14245 W. Rockland Road, Libertyville; 847-362-5050; lambsfarm.org

Treat your dad to decadent specialties including lobster and sweet corn chowder ($23) and a 16-ounce smoked rib eye with bone marrow stuffed short ribs ($72). 505 N. Michigan Ave., 312-321-8823, michaeljordansteakhouse.com/chicago

A Father’s Day special offered Friday, June 17 through Sunday, June 19 includes Hawaiian sticky back ribs cooked in mui smothered in unagi barbecue sauce and a vintage Old-Fashioned made with Amaro Lucano for $38. 3632 N. Clark St., 773-269-5410, mordecaichicago.com

A $39 Father’s Day package available from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. includes four beer tickets, a branded stemware, and a Pilot Project t-shirt. 2140 N. Milwaukee Ave., 773-270-5995, pilotprojectbrewing.com

Start celebrating early with cigars and whiskey on the patio from 5-7 p.m. on Saturday, June 18. For $65, you can try an exclusive maple rye from the Koval distillery as well as bourbon, rye and four-grain whiskey from the Ravenswood distillery. Bratwurst, hot dogs and Chicago-style cheeseburgers will be available for purchase. 1134 W. Washington Boulevard, 331-240-1914, newsroomchicago.com

A four-course dinner includes two Wolf Point Distilling cocktails, two Old Irving Brewing Co. beers, mussels with fries and smoked prime rib with bacon collard greens for $120. If you like whiskey, you can get a bottle for $40. 837 W. Fulton Market, 312-733-9555, thepublicanrestaurant.com

Pick up a ready-to-grill kit at this riverside spot known for its slow-cooked meats that can be pre-ordered and picked up from Friday, June 17 until Father’s Day. Toss your choice of burgers, a whole branzino, lobster burgers or cold-smoked chicken ($40-$80), and pair them with sides like chopped salad ($15), macaroni and cheese ($12 $) and grilled carrots with cilantro and yogurt dill ($12). 315 N. LaSalle Street, 312-822-0100, riverroastchicago.com

Treat dad to a $55 three-course tasting menu, with options like pan-fried chunk crab cake, steak fries and banana pudding. 201 N. State St., 312-239-9400, stateandlakechicago.com

Bring dad to brunch and he’ll be greeted with a free michelada topped with an oyster. 123-125 N. Green Street, suenoschi.com

A family-style meal awaits at this Peruvian mainstay, from the $26 oyster tria to the 42-ounce grilled porterhouse served with potatoes smothered in a spicy queso fresco sauce and sautéed vegetables ($160). For the pescatarian papa, go for the whole red snapper smothered in a creamy sauce and served with calamari, shrimp, clams and steamed rice ($95). 118 W. Grand Avenue, 312-222-9700, tantachicago.com

Give your beer-loving father figure the gift that keeps on giving with a monthly beer subscription from Hop Butcher for the World ($200 for one year), or treat him to great beers on a shorter term with special offers such as a 1-liter bottle of Bourbon Four Roses Yellow Label ($30), a four-pack of craft beers ($18), bottles of all Goose Island Bourbon County Stouts ($15-$25) or a whole keg of the annual Goose Island release ($400). Locations vary, timothyotooles.com

A special BBQ and bourbon menu includes $16 smoked pulled pork tacos with cotija cheese and an $18 dry-rubbed smoked brisket sandwich with jalapeño slaw, plus Jim Beam cocktails such as a mojito with Kentucky watermelon and a Bourbon breakfast, which includes dark chocolate syrup, espresso, and orange bitters (both $10). Dad’s first cocktail is free with the purchase of an entry. 5200 Pearl Street, Rosemont; 847-260-4774; thornrestaurant.com

Splurge with a $125 special featuring tenderloin medallions with Maine Oscar lobster and smoked salmon along with a twice-baked potato. 41 E. Chestnut St., 312-982-0050; 9860 Berwyn Avenue, Rosemont, 847 233-9404; Trulucks.com

Leave the grilling to someone else and order a $35 special that includes local draft beer and steak frites topped with Maitre d’Hotel butter served with Bearnaise sauce. 224 N. Michigan Ave., 312-777-9003, windychicago.com

Bring the whole family for a feast of a Slagel Family Farm Pig roasted by Chef Rodney Staton starting around 3 p.m. A $25 ticket includes sides and two drinks from WineStyles or Illuminated Brew Works and kids get soft drinks or juice for $15. 6182 Northwest Highway, 847-518-9463, winestyles.com/norwoodpark

Samantha Nelson is a freelance writer.

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