Smack Shack giving away free cider and chowder at happy hour today

Patio season jump start

Patio season jump start

The sun is out. Our cars are starting on the first try. Winter, while far from over, seems to have backed off a little bit. The folks at North Loop's Smack Shack are ready to throw off those icy shackles and celebrate the incredible temperature swing by opening up their patio for a special event today -- complete with some complimentary food and drink.

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Restaurant workers have shoveled off the Smack Shack patio and will invite guests to toast a warmer happy hour from 4 to 6 p.m. tonight. Not only will the full menu be available out there, they will also be serving some complimentary cups of steaming mulled cider and bowls of their luscious shrimp corn chowder.

Seating will be limited to a few high tops outside, but once that sun dips below the horizon and happy hour ends, head inside for a warmer seat and the legendary Smack Shack lobster roll.

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