Happy Hours make me happy
I'm new to chicago and love to dine out. Unfortunately, I'm still a student and like to watch my budget so I'm looking for some solid happy hours that offer good deals on food as well as drinks! Where/when are your favorite happy hours?
Chicago by law is not permitted to have happy hour drink specials. I am not sure what neighborhood you are in, but if you are in or near Lakeview, Socca has some outstanding pizettes for just $5 at the bar from 5pm to 7pm (not sure if this applies on Saturday and Sunday, but definitely is available weeknights). They are on Clark street about a half mile south of Wrigley Field. They have excellent bartenders and reasonably priced cocktails and wines to enjoy with the pizette as well as some outstanding food that is a great value. Nice way to have an upscale, high quality meal without breaking the bank. Great ambiance there as well.
Like Gonzo70 said, the city frowns on dynamic drink pricing -- but that only apples to changing the price during the course of an evening or whatever. Many places offer day-specific deals (1/2 bottles of wine on Tuesday, $2 off draft beer on Thursday, etc.). I think Metromix/Red Eye runs a list of bars with nightly specials.