From the desk of Allen Penn, General Manager

I can’t believe it’s been a year! As the first employee of Uber Chicago, it’s been amazing to watch the growth from zero clients and zero drivers to Uber being a meaningful part of so many Chicagoans’s work and play lives. I’m incredibly proud of the work our team has put in to bring you high quality transportation options at any price you choose. We’ve helped make it ok awesome(!) to show up around town in a Black car and the Uber TAXI experiment is one we’re more confident in by the day (and, I assure you, one we’re continuing to add more drivers for!). Thanks so much for a great year and I hope you’re as excited as we are about what’s to come in Year 2!

Now for a little about my own play time…After 4 years of making the east to west trek to visit the growing array of awesome restaurants, bars, and coffee-shops around the Six Corners, I made the move to Ukrainian Village last summer. The hip (and yes, sometimes hipster), yet relaxed vibe is great for decompressing from the hectic life that is Uber. Come check out some of my favorites below on Thursday!

Use promo code CHIANNY12 to get 50% off your BLACK car ride to/from the Wicker Park/Bucktown area on Thursday from 6pm-Midnight!

Homestead on the Roof:

Homestead is in place to go for farm-to-table dining. This two-story interior and rooftop restaurant also features a 1,000 sq/ft organic food meadow, living wall, and two vertical gardens. Chef John Wayne Formica serves up awesome shareable plates and delectable cocktails.

Deal: Grab a free appetizer if you show your Uber app to your server on Thursday.

The Fifty/50:

2 full bars + 19 flat screen tvs + 3 stories = THE Fifty/50. Check out their full menu chockfull of secret sauces and recipes and you actually might just never leave. You can catch a game or sneak away to a private booth for a more secluded experience.

Deal: Grab a free appetizer if you show your Uber app to your server on Thursday.

Roots Handmade Pizza:

Is there anything better than handmade pizzas? Probably only when those pizzas are paired with 70 Midwestern craft beers, spiked sodas, and home brewed Roots Beer. You can grab all of this, plus build your own salads at Roots!

Deal: Grab a free appetizer if you show your Uber app to your server on Thursday.

Bangers & Lace:

Looking for a place to indulge in craft beer and sausage from around the world? You don’t have to travel any further than Wicker Park (and we’re getting you there in an Uber half off!) With a Midwestern lodge feeling, B&L serves 32 draft beers from around the globe in a program overseen by Certified Cicerone™ Ria Neri.

The Boundary Tavern & Grille:

The Boundary is a great place to catch a game this fall and relax. Chef Paul Katz serves up a contemporary menu of favorites and traditionals with a twist. The casual atmosphere and awesome staff will keep you here and coming back.