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Kick off Thanksgiving celebratiNov. 21 with CON O’Prosecco cocktail Chief O’Neill’s Pub   Restaurant.

Kick off the Thanksgiving celebration on Nov. 21 with the CON O’Prosecco cocktail at Chief O’Neill’s Pub & Restaurant.

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Updated: November 14, 2012 5:48PM

From upscale to low-cal, the Sun-Times’ “Big Deals” column brings readers the dish on food and drink specials that will not break the bank.

Chief concerns

Chief O’Neill’s Pub & Restaurant, 3471 N. Elston. Kick off the Thanksgiving celebration on Black Wednesday (Nov. 21) with the CON O’Prosecco cocktail (Concannon Irish whiskey, Mi Waidi blackcurrant juice, bitters, topped with Mionetto Prosecco with a bruleed lemon twist garnish) $7. Visit .

Holiday specials

Koi, 624 Davis. Serving up select appetizers for $2.50, spiked hot chocolate with Kahlua gingerbread liqueur or Kahlua mint liqueur, $6 and regular hot chocolate, $2, during Evanston’s Holiday Bash and Tree Lighting, 4-9 p.m. Nov. 16. Visit .

Black Wednesday specials

Division Ale House, 1942 W. Division. Big specials include a Purdue vs. Illinois game pig roast noon to 3 p.m. Nov. 17; $25. Black Wednesday (Nov. 21) deals include Malibu Black and Stormy rum cocktails, $5; black and tan mac and cheese (rotini pasta, Cheddar cheese sauce, Harp Irish lager and Guinness stout), $7.99. Call (773) 384-6886; .

Give Thanks

Bridge Bar, 315 N. La Salle. Thanksgiving drinks include the Mayflower martini (Plymouth gin and hand-selected spices to create a pumpkin pie taste), $11. Call (312) 822-0100; .

Receiving line

Barrio Urban Taqueria, 714 W. Diversey. Bring in your Black Friday (Nov. 23) shopping receipts and receive a complimentary dessert. Call (773) 360-8316; .

That turkey’s Wild

O’Donovan’s, 2100 W. Irving Park. On Nov. 21 Wild Turkey shots will be $4; Wild Turkey cocktails, $5; and Wild Turkey balls (Maraschino cherries marinated in Wild Turkey and served in a shot glass) $1. Food deals include Philly cheese and French dip sandwiches with choice of fries, chips or Yankee slaw, $5.95 each. Call (773) 478-2100; .

Say, cheese — cake

Cheesecake Factory, participating locations. Pumpkin and pumpkin pecan varietiesare available, by the slice ($6.95-$7.50) or whole ($25.95-$47.95) through Thanksgiving. Visit .

Taste test

Timothy O’Toole’s, 622 N. Fairbanks. Black Wednesday (Nov. 21) specials include Bucket of Balls (deep-fried turkey testicles with choice of dipping sauces), $6.99. Call (312) 642-0700; .

Drink of the week

Renaissance Schaumburg, 1551 N. Thoreau, Schaumburg. “It’s “dessert in a glass” — pumpkin pie martini (Absolut vanilla vodka, RumChata liqueur, cinnamon and vanilla-flavored spirits and pumpkin spice, garnished with an orange), $12). Visit .

Deal of the week

Rockit Burger Bar, 3700 N. Clark. Chef Amanda Downing’s Thanksgiving Gobbler (turkey patty topped with sage stuffing, spiced cranberry sauce and roasted turkey gravy on a harvest wheat bun, served with sweet potato fries, $12) will be available through Nov. 18. Visit .

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