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CHICAGO – Veterans and active-duty service members will receive extra gratitude for their service this Veterans Day.

Several restaurants and fast food chains across the nation, including Chicagoland, are offering discounts and/or freebies in honor of Veterans Day, which is Friday, Nov. 11.

Most offers require a military ID or DD-214 as proof of service and are limited to Friday.

A list of the available Veterans Day deals for this year is listed below:


Free entree from a special menu. Dishes include:

  • Classic bacon cheeseburger
  • Chicken tenders platter
  • Fiesta lime chicken
  • Oriental chicken salad
  • 6 oz. top sirloin
  • Double crunch shrimp
  • Three-cheese chicken penne

Bar Louie:

Free Craft Burger of their choice for active duty members and veterans. Dine-in only

Buffalo Wild Wings:

Free boneless wings and fries

Bonefish Grill:

Free order Bang Bang Shrimp to all veterans, service members, and first responders


Free entrée from a select menu. Dine-in only

  • Soup & Salad
  • Chicken Bacon Ranch Quesadillas
  • Oldtimer with Cheese
  • Boneless Wings (6 count)

Cracker Barrel:

Complimentary slice of Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola® Cake with any purchase

Dunkin Donuts:

Free doughnut of their choice


Free grand slams from 5 a.m. to noon

Einstein Bros. Bagels:

Free hot or iced coffee (any size) with a purchase

Famous Dave’s:

Free Georgia Chopped Pork Sandwich & fries


Free tall (12-ounce) hot or iced coffee – one per military service member and military spouse at participating stores

Hard Rock Cafe:

Veterans receive a free Legendary Burger


Free entrée from the Hooters Veterans Day Menu with the purchase of a beverage


Free stack of red, white and blueberry pancakes from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Insomnia Cookies:

Veterans and active military can enjoy a free six-pack in-store with any purchase

Jet’s Pizza:

Veterans and active-duty military get 50% off Detroit-Style Pizzas at menu price with a military ID

Krispy Kreme:

Free doughnut and a small hot or iced brewed coffee

Little Caesars:

Free Lunch Combo at participating stores from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Olive Garden:

Free entrée from their Veterans Day menu. Dishes include:

  • Never-ending soup
  • Cheese ravioli
  • Salad and breadsticks
  • Spaghetti and meatballs
  • Fettuccini alfredo
  • Chicken Parmigiana

Outback Steakhouse:

Free Bloomin’ Onion and a drink

MOD Pizza:

Buy one MOD-size pizza or salad, get one MOD-size pizza or salad free

Red Lobster:

Free Walt’s Favorite Shrimp, fries and coleslaw for dine-in and to go from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Red Robin:

Free Red’s Tavern Double Burger and bottomless steak fries


Free burger or sandwich with valid military ID for participating locations: Chicago, Oak Lawn, Schaumburg, Orland Park and Naperville

TGI Fridays:
Free from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. from a select menu at participating locations

Free breakfast combo participating locations from 6:30 to 10:30 a.m.

White Castle:

Free Combo Meal or Breakfast Combo Meal when dining at a participating restaurant