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November 17, 2017

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Reminder: Tax Day Freebies in the Chicago Area Through April 18

April 15, the traditional tax return deadline, falls on a Saturday this year. Then, the Monday after that, April 17, is Emancipation Day in Washington, D.C., so government offices are closed. So that leaves Tuesday, April 18 as Tax Day 2017.   That day is almost here and that means freebies and discounts for all of us.  Some are action-oriented, some give you a discount….  Sing your favorite song on stage at the Hard Rock Cafe and get a free legendary burger. That’s a good one providing you’re willing to take the stage. If not, plenty of other food and drink freebies, just because — no purchase necessary!

 

Great American Cookies is offering free birthday cake cookies (this is its 5th year running); Kona Ice is giving away free tropical shaved ice; Arby’s is offering an order of curly fries free of purchase; some Cinnabon locations are giving away free Cinnabon bites.   Many of the deals are a play on the numbers related to taxes — like $10.40 (for the tax form) or $4.18 (for this year’s tax return deadline). For example: Bruegger’s Bagels is offering a baker’s dozen (and two tubs of cream cheese) for $10.40; small pizzas at Bertucci’s cost $4.18; Boston Market has a $10.40 meal special.  We’ve rounded up a bunch of worthy giveaways and deals below.

 

Office Depot/Office Max (ODP) is offering up to five pounds of paper shredded, while H&M wiil have mix-and-match tops and bottoms for kids up to 10 years old for $9.99 (offer good in store and online through 19th).

 

tax day freebies in chicago 2017

 

Take note that some are valid well before and sometimes after the last day to file taxes, which is Tuesday, April 18, this year.

  • Select Arby’s locations will be giving customers a free order of curly fries on April 18 without them having to order anything else.
  • Bruegger’s Bagels: From April 12 to 19, a Big Bagel Bundle—including a choice of 13 bagels and two tubs of cream cheese—costs $10.40, or about $3.50 off the normal price.
  • Bertucci’s: On Tuesday, April 18, small pizzas are priced at $4.18 during lunch hours (normally $8.49), and cheese, margherita, or pepperoni dinner pizzas are priced at $10.40 each (normally around $19).
  • Boston’s Restaurant: This Dallas-based sports bar chain offers a free single order of wings to anyone registered with its MyBoston’s Rewards program. The freebie is available only on Tuesday, April 18—which the company has bizarrely dubbed as Gilmorgan Day.
  • Corner Bakery Cafe – Get two full size items for $9.99 with this coupon. Valid April 17 to 19.
  • Firehouse Subs: Look for a coupon on this chain’s website or Facebook page for a free medium sub with the purchase of another sub, chips, and a drink, from April 18 to 20.
  • Great American Cookies:   is giving out free Birthday Cake cookies on April 18.
  • Hot Dog on a Stick: All customers get a free Original Turkey Dog, no purchase necessary, on April 18.
  • Hungry Howie’s: When you buy a one-topping large pizza at normal price, you can get a one-topping medium pizza for just 18¢ by entering the code TAXDAY with orders. The promotion is valid for online orders only at participating locations from April 17 to 19.
  • Kona Ice: The company’s shaved ice trucks will be parked near post offices and tax prep centers for its annual “no taxation without relaxation” giveaway, on April 18 this year. Trucks will hand out free shaved ice cups for everyone.
  • McDonald’s: Note that this is not a national promotion, but customers at McDonald’s in select regions—can buy a Big Mac or Quarter Pounder for just 1¢ when they purchase one at regular price on April 18. Buy One Get One Big Macs and Quarter Pounders with Cheese for 1 cent, 15 cents or 25 cents + free small fries and 59-cent hamburgers. Check deals with local McDonald’s locations.
  • Noodles & Company: From April 12 to 18, use the code TAXDAY17 with online orders and you’ll get $4 off a purchase of $10 or more.
  • Office Depot: Use this coupon and you can shred up to 5 lbs. of documents at Office Depot for free, now through April 29.
  • P.F. Chang’s – Get 20% off takeout at P.F. Chang’s with promo code: TAXDAY.  Offer valid April 17 & 18. Enter the promo code online or reference when ordering by phone.
  • Planet Fitness: Look for a coupon at the website starting this Saturday for a free HydroMassage good between April 15 to 22.
  • Schlotzsky’s: On April 18, customers who purchase a medium drink and bag of chips get a free Original Sandwich at Schlotzsky’s.
  • Sonic – Half price cheeseburger, locations vary.
  • Sonny’s BBQ: The Irresistible Ribs Special (IRS—get it?) offers rib orders, which come with two sides and homemade bread, for half price all day on April 18.
  • Staples: Use the linked coupon to shred up to 2 lbs. of documents for free, but only through Saturday, April 15.
  • Tavern62: This bar and restaurant in the Upper East Side of Manhattan has a 50% discount on all alcoholic beverages throughout the day on April 18.
  • Whisper Restaurant and Lounge: From 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. on April 18, martinis are priced at just 18¢ with the purchase of each entrée at this Los Angeles establishment.
  • World of Beer: Customers age 21+ are welcomed to a free draught beer or $5 off your check at participation locations on April 18.

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