Veterans Day events and deals in Chicago
There are a lot of restaurants and other businesses that want to thank our veterans and active military members on Veterans Day by offering them FREE or discounted food or services on Wednesday November 11 (unless another date is noted). Always call to check that a location is still in business and participating before you head out for a deal. Many offers say “Dine-in only”. You should call your location to see if the offer is available for take out if dining is restricted in your area.
How the deals work
Some deals are available for veterans only, while others are valid for both veterans and active military personnel. In addition, proof of military status requirements vary at each location, so be sure to click on the links below and review the details of each offer or call before making a special trip. Always call to check that a location is participating before you head out for a deal.
November 11, 2020 the Adler Planetarium, 1300 S Lake Shore Dr., 312-922-7827 is free for active duty military and veterans with a valid ID and for Illinois residents. Adler is closed until furhter notice. 2020 Free Chicago Museum Days
November 10-11, 2020: The Pritzker Military Museum and Library104 S. Michigan Ave., (312) 374-9347. Free admission. Confirmed
Free events CANCELLED
Soldier Field, politicians and veterans will gather inside near the Doughboy Statue for Chicago’s official wreath laying ceremony. When : Monday, November 11, 2019, 11:00 am
Where : Soldier Field, Gate O, 1410 Museum Campus Dr. FREE parking is available at the Waldron Parking Deck; exit at 18th Street from Lake Shore Drive. Business attire or service dress uniform. Free.
Free admission CANCELLED
Brookfield Zoo , 8400 W. 31st St., Brookfield, IL 60513, (708) 688-8000. On Veteran’s Day admission to the zoo is FREE for all guests (parking fees still apply). Ceremony Honoring U.S. Veterans November 11, 2018 11AM-2PM. To honor the men and women who have proudly served our nation, the Chicago Zoological Society invites the public to a special Veteran’s Day ceremony at Brookfield Zoo’s Discovery Center. Schedule of events .
Free food and drink
Participation may vary, so be sure to check with your local restaurant to confirm that they’ll be offering the Veterans Day special. Always call to check that a location is still in business and participating before you head out for a deal. Many offers say “Dine-in only”. You should call your location to see if the offer is available for take out if dining is restricted in your area.
BIBIBOP Asian Grill: On November 11, veterans and active military FREE bowl
Bob Evans: Veterans and active duty military can enjoy a FREE meal from a special menu.
Brick House Tavern + Tap: Save 20% on your bill (up to four people per table). Excludes alcoholic beverages and retail. Dine-in only.
Buffalo Wild Wings: Veterans and active duty military can enjoy a FREE order of 10 boneless wings and fries. The offer is available for dine-in or takeout and proof of service must be shown for redemption.
California Pizza Kitchen – Veterans and active duty military receive a FREE pizza, pasta or full-size salad from select menu.
Chili’s – Veterans receive a FREE entrée from select menu.
Cracker Barrel: Nov. 11, offering all U.S. military veterans a complimentary slice of Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola® Cake when dining at any Cracker Barrel location nationwide.
Denny’s : FREE Build-Your-Own Grand Slam from 5 a.m. to noon on Nov 11. This offer is for dine-in only.
Dunkin’: Veterans and active duty military can enjoy a FREE donut of their choice.
Golden Corral: Active or former military members who have served in the U.S. Military can pick up a promotional card during the month of November redeemable for a FREE “Thank You” Meal from Nov. 1 to May 31, 2021.
Joe’s Crab Shack: Save 20% on your bill (up to four people per table). Excludes alcoholic beverages. Dine-in only.
Little Caesar’s Pizza: November 11, 2020 between 11:00:00 a.m-2:00:00 p.m. all veterans and active members receive one FREE $5 HOT-N-READY Lunch Combo.
McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood & Steaks – Veterans of the U.S. Military, National Guard, Gold Star Parents and Gold Star Spouses are invited to enjoy a select half priced entrée on Nov. 8.
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery: FREE entrée from select menu.
Red Lobster: FREE appetizer or dessert to veterans, active duty military and reservists.
Red Robin: FREE Tavern Double Burger and bottomless fries is back for 2020. However, this year, you must be a member of its loyalty club and registered by Nov. 5.
Starbucks: On Veterans Day, the ubiquitous coffee chain is offering veterans, military service members and their spouses a FREE tall hot brewed coffee.
Yard : FREE appetizer.
Big Lots: A year-round 10% “Always On” discount for active military personnel and veterans who are members of the company’s Big Rewards program.
Great Clips: Veterans and active duty personnel can get a FREE haircut on Nov. 11 or pick up a card for complimentary cut for a later date (valid through Dec. 11.) Others who get a service on Veterans Day will get card to give a veteran for a complimentary cut.
Sport Clips: Participating locations offering a FREE haircut to active duty U.S. service members and veterans on Veterans Day, with valid proof of service.
Target: Between Nov. 1 and 11, all U.S. active-duty military personnel, veterans and their families can receive 10% off their full basket. Some exclusions apply. To receive the offer, you must first register here. After eligibility has been verified, an exclusive, one-time Target Circle offer will be available for the customer to use in-store or online.