Three Must Try Happy Hours on Michigan Avenue

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There is something truly special about a great happy hour. Listening to good music, eating great food at an amazing price, and enjoying the afternoon with friends. Happy hour creates the perfect way to unwind from a long day in the office. For us working adults here in downtown Chicago River North neighborhood, happy hour is an essential part of our weekday. If you’re looking for a new after-hours spot to try, here are three highly recommended happy hours to try near Michigan Avenue. 

Beacon Tavern

While our first stop on this happy hour menu excursion may not be directly on Magnificent Mile, Beacon Tavern is just a quick jump away to Wabash Avenue. This happy hour is sure to impress locals and travelers alike, with a quaint atmosphere and friendly staff, bring your work friends down for a well-priced snack. We recommend the Mini Shrimp Burger and a classic Old-Fashioned cocktail. 

Happy Hour is from 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm every Monday – Friday 


Across from the Crown Fountain in Millenium Park is our next stop, where you’ll find authentic Italian food at Acanto. With a great vibe inside and an even better atmosphere outside on their patio, this little Chicago Italian restaurant and bar will have you wanting to return. Their happy hour menu provides half-priced wine and the highly acclaimed prosciutto bruschetta, it’s so good you will want to order two! 

Happy Hour is from 2:30 pm – 5:30 pm every Monday – Friday 

About Last Knife

Our last stop is a great place for anyone looking for quick bar bites to eat before seeing a show at the Chicago Theatre. Located just two blocks away from the theatre, About Last Knife provides good music, a lively atmosphere, and of course great happy hour specials!  While people-watching out on Michigan Ave, enjoy the steak sliders or the grilled cheese paired with a glass of prosecco or half-priced bottles of select wine.

Happy Hour is from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm every Monday – Friday 

While this is only three of the countless varieties of cuisine available on Michigan Avenue, these are the best of the best happy hours. Whether you are continuing the day with your coworkers or meeting an old friend for drinks downtown, any of these spots for happy hour in Chicago are sure to be a hit! 

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