Labor Day 2022 promotions at Chicago restaurants and bars


Labor Day marks the unofficial end of summer with a three-day weekend offering one last chance to enjoy the warm weather with grills, refreshing drinks and music.

Chicago-area restaurants and bars are extending their weekend brunches through Monday, offering patriotic specials and throwing parties to provide a bit of late-season fun in the sun. However you prefer to celebrate, here are 14 options for 2022.

You’ll have an extra day to enjoy a Mediterranean-inspired brunch on Monday, featuring homemade berry labneh, smoked salmon spread on a Jerusalem bagel, and bloody mary harissa. 302 N. Green St., 773-645-1400,

Take a trip to Spain for the long weekend with an extended brunch including a paella breakfast for two with Spanish sausage and scrambled egg crust and a pitcher of vodka-based pomegranate and rosemary spritz at fishing and Aperol. 2024 N. Halsted St., 773-935-5000,; 441 N. Clark St., 312-985-6909,

The village pays homage to Nashville’s Honky Tonk Highway with its fifth annual Nashwood Music Festival Friday through Sunday, featuring free performances of country, bluegrass, blues, and Southern rock music indoors and outdoors. Bars and restaurants offer Southern-inspired food and drink, and there will be a dedicated family area. Locations vary,

Grab brunch on the beach from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Mondays with Crab Cake Benedict with fried green tomatoes, or snack on the decadent Sparkling Seafood Tower that includes a half bottle of sparkling rosé and a selection oysters, snow crab claws, ceviche and shrimp. cocktail. Locations vary,

Let someone else do the cooking and feast on BBQ Shrimp with Roasted Corn and Tomato Salad ($25) and Strawberry Pie with Whipped Cream ($8.95) available until September 7. 7110 N. Lincoln Ave., Lincolnwood; 847-677-3350;

Savor a last taste of summer with specials offered Thursday through Monday, including $4 watermelon vodka lemonades and $12 cucumber mules and smoked bacon cheddar brats served with caramelized onions, German mustard and house chips. 1801 Division Street West, 773-782-4400,

Drink patriotically with Matcha Red, White, and Bluetiful made with Vanilla Almond Milk, Collagen, Blueberry, and Beet Powder ($8.95) available 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday. 1017 W. Lake St., 312-785-9597,

Place an order by Thursday to pick up a Saturday-Monday seafood pack that includes andouille sausage, corn, potatoes, and shrimp, lobster, or a mix of the two ($29-$49 ). Locations vary,

Feast on more than 15 East Coast lobster dishes at the seventh annual Great American Lobster Fest. The party also features craft vendors and a wide variety of other food, kids’ activities, and live music. Admission is free, but if you want a whole lobster, you must sign up for a dining experience, which includes reserved seating. 600 E. Grand Avenue,

A rock ‘n’ roll brunch served from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. all weekend features themed dishes like Jon Bun Jovi, a big hot cinnamon bun with orange cream cheese frosting, and Breakfast in America, a sausage patty and aged cheddar scrambled eggs served on a cheddar and green onion biscuit accompanied by a cheesy potato casserole. Locations vary,

Satisfy your sweet tooth with a cherry-dipped donut topped with red, white and blue star-shaped sprinkles available Thursday through Monday. Locations vary,

The Loop spot is extending its brunch through Monday, offering dishes such as Bailey’s Cream Cheese Stuffed French Toast and Spicy Carrot Cake Pancakes with Orange Cream Cheese Frosting from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. h. 225 N. Michigan Ave., 312-698-7111,

The brewery hosts the Out of Space festival in its parking lot from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday through Sunday with performances by Houndmouth, Car Seat Headrest, Neko Case and Steel Pulse. Enjoy the music with some of their craft beers and food truck dishes. Tickets cost between $35 and $40. 2000 Dempster Street, Evanston;

The boutique’s sommeliers and guest winemakers host a late-summer rosé wine tasting at 3 p.m. Saturday, which includes four 4-ounce pours for $35. 5553 N. Clark St., 773-654-1432,

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