If there’s anything Chicagoans love more than trying a hip new restaurant, it’s exploring Chicago neighborhoods, and Chicago Restaurant Week is a great way to get out and fall in love with new pockets of the city. Chicago Restaurant Week 2023 features 335 restaurants in 34 Chicago neighborhoods as well as 37 restaurants in the Chicago suburbs and runs through February 5th. During Chicago Restaurant Week each participating restaurant offers one or multiple prix fixe menus to give patrons a sample of their best featured dishes, often for a great value. Here are some of the top Chicago Restaurant Week fan favorites.
With its eclectic decor and creative, fully vegan menu, Bloom Plant Based Kitchen fits right in with the character of Wicker Park. Their $59 Chicago Restaurant Week menu includes four courses. Diners will have a choice between the plum and celery ceviche or cashew requeson for their appetizer, an aguacate or choice of taco as their second course, yuca gnocchi, spatzle, or forest pot pie as their main course, and a dessert trio to finish.
Chez Joel serves up traditional French fare (including coq au vin, steak frites, escargots, and an exceptional wine list) with ambiance that will make you forget that you’re not in a bistro in the south of France. For restaurant week, their $42 prix fixe menu includes three courses: a choice between French onion soup or a goat cheese salad to start, steak, ravioli, salmon, or roasted chicken as a main course, and chocolate mousse, creme brûlée, or profiteroles for dessert.
Beatrix is the perfect spot for any time of day or night. Their coffee bar, brunch menu, and lounge area are popular for morning meet ups and their bar, dinner menu, and trendy ambiance make it the place to be after the sun sets. Beatrix’s Restaurant Week lunch menu is $25 for a starter (like whipped feta with truffle or avocado ceviche), an entree (like a prime burger or craft salad), and a dessert (as healthy as chia seed pudding or decadent as chocolate lava cake). They’re also offering brunch a ($25) and dinner ($42) menus with a wider selection of dishes and a cocktail.
Even better, Beatrix is a Lettuce Entertain You concept so you can download the Lettuce app to earn rewards and get your first reward just for signing up.
See all participating restaurants here.
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If you’re looking for Chicago New Years Eve events near you or where to celebrate New Years Eve 2023 in downtown Chicago, here’s our guide to some of the top festivities in the city!
New Year on the Pier at Navy Pier
Head to the Aon grand ballroom for dancing, craft cocktails, catering, live music, and a DJ. New Year on the Pier goes from 8pm to 1am and offers a prime location for enjoying Navy Pier’s midnight fireworks.
Hilton Chicago’s New Years Eve Party 2023
This formal soiree, hosted by KISS FM, is the place to be when it comes to downtown Chicago New Years Eve events. With 7 party areas, 12 acts, top shelf cocktails, hors d’eouvres, a casino style gambling set up, celebrity DJs, live video mixing, a midnight confetti storm, and more, there’s little to be desired. Tickets also include discounts on hotel rooms.
London House New Years Eve – Two Events
London House is offering an event on their rooftop and another in their ballroom. Both events will include a live DJ, open bar, a photo booth, light bites, and more. There will also be a firework display on the river at midnight and London House’s rooftop is the perfect place to see them.
Central Park Bar – Avondale
If you’re looking for Chicago New Years Eve events to keep your evening a little more low key, this new neighborhood tavern is offering a package that includes drinks, a buffet with catering from the Gilty Pig, and a DJ set. Hang out in the bar area or head out to their heated and covered patio. Tickets are available through Eventbrite. Central Park Bar is normally a dog friendly on their patio, but you’ll want to confirm that applies to their New Years Eve event if you plan on bringing your furry friends.
Kicks and Confetti Ball West Loop
The Kicks and Confetti Ball is a great New Years Eve event in Fulton Market, hosted at Time Out Market. Through on your coolest sneakers and get ready for live music, DJ sets, confetti, a champagne toast, an LED wall countdown, and a huge dance floor. Tickets also include a dining credit at any of the 15 restaurants in Time Out Market.
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With Halloween activities galore, it’s no mystery why Chicago was rated one of the top 10 Halloween cities in the country. There are so many options in each neighborhood, the hardest part of choosing your Halloween plans will be narrowing down the list. Here are some ideas!
Haunted Halsted Halloween Parade
If you’re looking for Halloween activities and festive fall things to do near Lakeview or Lincoln Park, Haunted Halsted is the place to be. The event will include a parade, live music, fire performers, and a costume contest starting at 6pm on Halloween, followed by an afterparty.
Meander through the stunning landscapes at the Chicago Botanic Garden as over a thousand hand carved pumpkins light up the path. The evening will also include live carving demos, costumed entertainers, and seasonal fare for purchase. Be sure to get your tickets ahead of time online!
On Hallowseve-eve (October 30th) head to State Street in the Loop for Arts in the Dark. Arts in the Dark is a parade and showcase of Chicago’s vibrant and diverse cultural and creative scenes. There is no charge to attend and the event will run 6-8pm.
Tour Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood and all its most haunted places on the Chicago Ghost Tour Pub Crawl. With stops at festive bars and spooky stories along the way, this tour is a great way to spend Halloween! You can also reserve a private tour with your group.
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