If we just ignored February 29th (or, Leap Day), we probably wouldn't notice at first. Then, after a number of years went by, we'd be confused by Christmas showing up in July, and the fact that summer would start taking place when we used to have winter.

We could probably get used to those differences in the calendar, but would we ever get used to not getting free stuff and discounts on Leap Day every year? Of course not.

Freebies and discounts on Leap Day are as traditional as....well...okay, they're not traditional at all. As a matter of fact, I didn't even know that celebrating Leap Day was a thing at all until I read about the offers being put forth by various Illinois businesses and chains.

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Memorial Day, Veterans Day, Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, Father's Day, And Various Other Calendar Dates Throughout The Year Often Feature Freebies And Discounts, So Why Not Leap Day, Too?

Knowing how much everyone loves to get their hands on something free or discounted, why would we say no to cashing in on this year's extra day? The answer is we won't. Bring it on.

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Here Are The Illinois Businesses With Special Offers For You To Celebrate Leap Day

Since everyone likes to eat, let's get started with the restaurants:

  • Buffalo Wild Wings: On Leap Day, buy one order of boneless wings at Buffalo Wild Wings and get another order free.
  • Chipotle: Rewards members get free guacamole with orders on the Chipotle app and Chipotle.com on Feb. 29 using the code EXTRA24.
  • Chuck E. Cheese: Children under 52 inches get a free All-Day Jump Pass at Chuck E. Cheese locations with a Trampoline Zone. Find the coupon on their website.
  • Dunkin'Rewards members can get a Cinnamon Vanilla Coffee for just $2 via the Dunkin' app.
  • Hooters: HootClub Rewards members with the app downloaded and a Hooters location favorited will receive a select appetizer for $2.29.
  • Jersey Mike's Subs: MyMike's members can buy a sub in the Jersey Mike’s app and get a free sub later through Feb. 29.
  • Krispy Kreme: Buy any dozen Krispy Kreme donuts and get an Original Glazed Dozen for only $2.29 more on Feb. 29.
  • Noodles & Co.: Noodles rewards members can get 29 percent off on orders of $29 or more on Feb. 29.
  • Panda Express: Rewards members can get an order of Firecracker Shrimp for free.
  • Wendy's: Get a free Cinnabon Pull-Apart. No purchase is necessary.

But wait, there's more:

Art Institute of ChicagoThe museum is offering free admission to Illinois residents. An ID is required to obtain admission and reserve tickets online.

Shedd AquariumIllinois residents will also be able to stop by the Shedd Aquarium without paying a penny. IDs are required.

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