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 Monday, November 11 (unless another date is noted). Always call to check that a location is participating before you head out for a deal.
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, 2019 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.
November 10-11, 2019: The Pritzker Military Museum and Library 104 S. Michigan Ave., (312) 374-9347. Free admission.
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.
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.
Applebee’s – FREE signature entrée from select menu.
California Pizza Kitchen – FREE pizza, pasta or full-size salad from select menu.
Chili’s – FREE entrée from select menu.
Denny’s – FREE Build-Your-Own Grand Slam from 5 a.m. to noon.
Dunkin’ – FREE donut of your choice.
Fogo de Chão – Vets receive 50% off their entire meal from November 8 to 11. Plus, up to three guests (for each vet) save 10% on their meal.
Golden Corral – FREE buffet from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Hooters – FREE meal from select menu, with the purchase of a beverage.
Little Caesar’s Pizza – FREE $5 Hot-N-Ready Lunch Combo from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood & Steaks – FREE lunch or dinner from select menu Sunday November 10, 2019.
Noodles & Company – 15% off on orders every day — in-restaurant only.
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery – FREE entrée from select menu.
Romano’s Macaroni Grill – FREE Mom’s Ricotta Meatballs + Spaghetti.
Red Robin – FREE Red’s Tavern Double Burger and Bottomless Steak Fries.
Red Lobster – FREE appetizer or dessert from select menu.
Ruby Tuesday – FREE appetizer — up to $10.
TCBY – FREE frozen yogurt and toppings for first 6-oz.
Yard House – FREE appetizer.
Great Clips – FREE haircut. (Vets not in need of a haircut on November 11 can pick up a card good for a FREE haircut through December 31.)
Planet Fitness – Work out for FREE from November 8 to 15, including complimentary HydroMassage and chair massages. Vets can bring along a workout buddy at no additional cost.