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The tea-smoked duck Benedict bellyQ.

The tea-smoked duck Benedict at bellyQ.

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Updated: March 13, 2013 5:46PM

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.

“Mac” is back

Rockit Bar and Grill, 22 W. Hubbard. The Fourth Annual Mac Madness tips off March 18 with jerk chicken (pulled jerk-seasoned chicken, blistered habaneros and Monterey Jack). Visit .

Beer banter

Wickets Bar and Grill, 601 N. Martingale, Suite 100, Schaumburg. March Madness specials, through April 8, include Sam Adams Seasonal Draft beer, $4; Sam Adams Lager, Double Agent IPA and White Lantern bottles, $4 each. Visit .

New brunch plates

bellyQ, 1400 W. Randolph. Chef Bill Kim’s creative brunch plates, available 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays, include fried chicken with donuts and pork sausage gravy ($14) and tea-smoked duck Benedict ($15). Visit .

Hub, Bub

Hub 51, 51 W. Hubbard. Mixologist Paul McGee, who’s been doing double-duty at Bub City, stirs up a new “mainstay” cocktail — Biscayne Buck (Bacardi rum, Velvet Falemum, lime juice and Goslings ginger beer), $9. Visit .

Whiskey trio

Porkchop, 941 W. Randolph. Whiskey flights, available with a slider trio for and additional $6, include the “Luck of the Irish” (Jameson Black Barrel; Tullamore Dew and Powers, $15). Visit .

Irish twist

Socca, 3301 N. Clark. St. Patrick’s Day specials, available March 16-17, include braised corned beef and cabbage with ryegnocchi, $21, and Guinness-baked cipollini onion soup with soda bread, $8. Visit .

Island hopper

Greek Islands, Greek town and Lombard locations. The restaurant celebrates 42 years with new “heart-healthy” menu items that include seafood croquettes made with baby Greek octopus with a horseradish dipping sauce, $6.95. Visit .

Moonshine madness

Moonshine Brewing Company, 1824 W. Division. St. Patrick’s Day specials, March 15-17, include $2 corned beef sliders, or a trio of sliders with fries for $7. Visit .

Drink of the week

Chicago Cut Steakhouse, 300 N. La Salle. A new mixology program, featuring cocktails made from house-made syrups, fresh fruits and top-shelf liquors includes the Tequila Mockingbird (tequila, Lillet Blanc, fresh lemon juice, simple syrup with a Mezcal rinse), $12. Visit .

Deal of the week

Cantina Laredo, 508 N. State. A Partida tequila dinner, with entree choice of duck confit in a Oaxaca mole negro or salmon with guajillo ginger glaze, is 7 p.m. March 21 ($49.99) Visit .

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