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Leap Day roundup: freebies and deals in Chicago

Not every year includes a February 29, so take advantage of it

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February 29, 2012|By Katie Karpowicz, for RedEye

It's a beautiful Leap Day out there, Chicago. With temperature highs nearing 60 degrees, it seems like Leap Day William is set on getting you in the mood to celebrate the 29th of Februrary. RedEye put together a list of events and deals going on in Chicago today that you should take advantage of.

 - Navy Pier has a slew of freebies and deals that it's offering today. Free parking and ferris wheel rides for everyone! You can also slam a $2.90 draft beer at Harry Caray's Tavern or a $29 lunch or dinner package at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., both located on the Pier. Then sale away (if only for a few hours) on Spirit of Chicago's dinner cruise for $29.

- Sprinkles Cupcakes (50 E. Walton St.) is giving away a dozen donuts to anyone with a Feb. 29 birthday...for free. You'll need some proof, so don't forget your ID.

- All Subway locations are turning Leap Day into "Free Cookie Day."

- Munch on 29-cent doughnuts from Dunkin' Donuts all day long.

- Leap Day can be about learning too...so get to the Museum of Science and Industry for free admission today.

- There's an old tradition of women proposing to their men on Leap Day. Tula Yoga Studio (2827 W. Belden Ave) is playing off that by proposing that ladies bring their men in for a session and receive free admission.

- Perk your Leap Day up with a BOGO deal from Caribou Coffee by using this coupon.

- Mexican spot Mercadito (108 W Kinzie St.) is spicing things up for Leap Day by rewarding a free meal (up to $50) for one in every ten diners.

- Groupon is getting in on a Leap Fun and encouraging you to use this extra day to try something new by offering a full page of Lots of Exciting Adventures to Partake In.

- City Swarm is throwing a Leap Day bash at The Hidden Shamrock (2723 North Halsted St.). Chips, homemade salsa and two cocktails for $10.

- Since this Leap Day weather seems to be alluding to a start of the next season, this might be the perfect time to put a little spring in your step (get it?) with some new shoes courtesy of City Soles. Enter code LEAP29 to take advantage of the store's "$29 Off Everything" promotion. 

- And if you're not shoe-shopped out by then, online shoe store Zappos is extending its 365-day return policy until the next Leap Day (1,461 days from now).

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