Local restaurants and bars will be providing tax day relief on April 15 (or April 18 this year), by offering deep discounts and even giving away some free stuff. So, if you're not waiting in line at the post office at 7 pm, check out these stellar deals that will help ease the pain you're feeling from the fat check you just wrote. With deals this good, there will be no need for write-offs.
McCormick & Schmick's: If you're looking to catch a good deal, head over to McCormick & Schmick's and reel in the $10.40 dinner and drink specials at the bar on April 18, plus you'll get a gift certificate for -- you guessed it -- $10.40 that's good for your next visit. Taxes aren't due until April 18 this year, but early birds will also receive a tax relief gift certificate for $10.40 on April 15 during happy hour.
41 E. Chestnut St., 312-397-9500, check site for additional locations
Carnivale: Considering that your taxes are now finished, it may be time for a prickly pear mojito or a glass of homemade sangria. Cab it over to Carnivale on April 15 and take advantage of this tax day special: all diners get a $15 gift certificate that can be used during their next visit to this swank Latin hot spot.
702 W. Fulton Market; 312-850-5005
Cityscape Bar: Relax while you enjoy the view from 15 floors above the city (and post offices) on April 15, and sip themed cocktails that Cityscape Bar has created in honor of tax day, including IRS Blue Lemonade martinis for $4.15.
Holiday Inn Mart Plaza, 350 W. Mart Plaza Center Dr.; 312-836-5000
Chen's Chinese and Sushi: If you're looking for piping hot Chinese food to ease your tax troubles, you're in luck. Order Mongolian chicken or any other Chinese entrée on April 18, as Chen's will be pricing all of its non-Japanese dinners at $10.99, for dine-in only.
3506 N. Clark St.; 773-549-9100
Riva Restaurant: Sit by Navy Pier and let your tax troubles drift away. Riva will be offering any two martinis for $10.99 from its signature cocktail list on April 15. After a couple of these bad boys, tax day will feel like a breeze.
Navy Pier, 700 E. Grand Ave.; 312-644-7482
Cinnabon: Although Starbucks won't be giving away a free cup of coffee in honor of tax day this year (remember the lines last year?), the good news is that Cinnabon will be offering two free Classic Cinnabon Bites on April 18 from 6-8 pm as part of its "Tax Day Bites" celebration.
Check site for location information