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Veterans Day 2014 freebies, deals and discounts in Chicago area

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Veterans Day is Tuesday, Nov. 11,  and many restaurants and other businesses are celebrating by offering veterans free meals, discounted services and more.

NOTE: Most businesses require proof of military service, and the deals include participating locations only. It’s recommended you call specific locations to make sure they are taking part in the promotions.

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Applebee’s – Veterans and active duty military can receive a free meal from a special menu on Tuesday, Nov. 11. Click here for more details.

Bob Evans: Veterans and active military personnel can receive free all you can eat hotcakes on Nov. 11.

California Pizza Kitchen: Veterans and active military receive a a free pizza, full size salad, or pasta on Nov. 11. Dine-in only.

Chick-fil-A: Free entrée, side and beverage for all veterans and current service members at participating locations on Nov. 11.

Chili’s: Free meal from menu of 7 choices for military veterans and service members during the dinner hour or free lunch combo during lunch at participating locations.

Denny’s: Free Build Your Own Grand Slam for active, inactive and retired military personnel from 5 a.m. to noon Nov. 11 at participating locations. Calling ahead is recommended.

Einstein Brothers Bagels: Free coffee for all veteran and active-duty military service members at participating locations on Nov. 11.

Hooters: Free meal, up to $10.99 in value, with any drink purchase for all veterans and current service members at any location in the U.S. on Nov. 11.

Olive Garden: Free entrée for veterans and active duty military at participating locations on Nov. 11.

Red Lobster: Free appetizer with military ID or proof of service Monday, Nov. 11, through Thursday, Nov. 13 at participating locations.

Red Robin:  Free Red’s Tavern Double burger with Bottomless Steak Fries for all veterans and active-duty service members on Nov 11. participating locations. For more info, click here.

Starbucks: Free tall brewed coffee for active duty and veteran military members and their spouses at participating stores Tuesday, November 11, 2014. Call ahead to confirm participation.

Texas Roadhouse:  Free lunch from list of 10 entrees for active, retired and former U.S. military service members with proof of military service from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at participating locations. For menu and more information, click here. 

TGIFridays: Free lunch for veterans and active-duty military from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Nov. 11. For more info, click here.


Chuck’s Southern Comforts Cafe – Darien, Burbank, IL
On Tuesday November 11th, Chuck’s is offering a Free Pulled Pork or Pulled Chicken sandwich with 2 sides for free. It’s valid all day from 11am-9pm. Just show  an ID or if you are dressed in uniform you will receive the special.

ComedySportz Chicago – Chicago, IL
Any Armed Services member, past or present, gets a free ticket to the improv comedy show COMEDYSPORTZ at the Chicago theater. Tickets are usually $22-24. This offer is for all CSZ shows November 6-8.  Must show proof, most forms of proof accepted.

Joliet Slammers – Joliet, IL
20 perecent off merchandise and $75 for a reserved seat voucher pack (typically $99, includes 10 vouchers).  Must purchase in person at our office on Nov. 11 between 8-5 with proof of military service.

Massage Envy – Chicago, Illinois – 37 Chicagoland Locations
Free one-hour massages for military veterans, active service members who make an appointment for Veterans Day, Tues. Nov. 11, from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. at any of the 38 Chicagoland  Massage Envy Spas. Applies to veterans  and active-duty.  Must provide proof of service.

Tap House Grill – Des Plaines, Glen Ellyn, Highwood, Lemont, Oswego, Palatine, Plainfield, St. Charles, Westmonth
All veterans eat for free (dine in only) on Nov. 11.

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