Holiday deals in the Near West Side

Anne Marie Gunn

Consider making the conscious choice to support the local businesses that make our Near West Side community special. Buying local goods is one of the best ways to spread holiday cheer. Learn more about deals and must-visit places in the Near West Side from Anne Marie Gunn, Marquette alumna and commercial corridor manager for Near West Side Partners, Inc.

1. Ambassador Hotel

The Ambassador Hotel is offering an exclusive deal on restaurant gift cards. If you purchase a gift card with a value of $100 or more, you’ll receive a complimentary $25 card. Additionally, contribute to their non-perishable food drive to support The Hunger Task Force. By donating five or more items, you get a 25% food voucher to use at any of their restaurants.

2. Pabst Mansion

The Pabst Mansion is welcoming visitors from now until Jan. 7 for holiday festivities. This event series is fun for the whole family. Father Christmas makes special appearances every Sunday afternoon. Twilight Tours are also available on Thursday through Saturday evenings for those seeking a remarkable festive experience. To learn more about the Pabst Mansion, click here.

Gray Jett Cafe, which specializes in vegan and vegetarian meals, is located right on Marquette’s campus.

3. Five O’Clock Steakhouse

The Five O’Clock Steakhouse holds the well-deserved title of being recognized as “One of the Top Steakhouses in America” by Food Network, Travel Channel, Thrillist and seasoned chefs and celebrities worldwide, such as Chef Matty Matheson, Rachel Ray and Charles Barkley. For the holidays, with every $100 gift card purchase, restaurant-goers are eligible to receive a $25 promo certificate (subject to stipulations). Enjoy their complimentary valet parking and live music on Thursdays through Saturdays. 

Black-Owned Businesses

Be sure to check out the several Black-owned establishments in the Near West Side, including The Academy of Skin & Beauty, Daddy’s Soul Food & Grille, Gray Jett Cafe and Buffalo Boss. Through the end of the year, Buffalo Boss extends a 10% discount on orders for anyone who mentions the Near West Side Partners. Supporting these businesses not only checks items off your holiday to-do list but also contributes to supporting local Black entrepreneurs.