Chicago Restaurant Week is something Chicagoans look forward to every year, but this year is extra special. With the city’s Covid-19 restrictions easing, this year’s Restaurant Week is geared up to be our first “normal” year in a while. For those who aren’t familiar, restaurant week is when dozens of popular Chicago restaurants of all cuisines and formality offer reasonably priced prix fixe lunch and dinner menus with specialty dishes. Each multicourse menu is $25 for brunch or lunch and $39 or $55 for dinner. If you’re still feeling a bit skittish about dining indoors, restaurants will be offering a to-go option as well. This year, the 17 day event will take place from March 25th to April 10th. Here are some of the top spots to be sure to check out!
Cabra Fulton Market
Cabra is the newest addition to Stephanie Izard’s long list of iconic West Loop restaurants, all of which have “goat” inspired names and many of which have critical acclaim or Michelin stars. This Restaurant Week, Cabra is serving up four Peruvian inspired courses like tuna tataki served with brown butter miso aioli and jicama slaw.
Daisies Wicker Park
Daisies’ dinner menu features innovative flavor pairings, like a black truffle ravioli with bacon and red grape entree or pretzel raspberry salad for dessert.
Avec River North
Avec will be offering both lunch and dinner prix fixe menus with contemporary Italian-fusion dishes like burrata toast with roasted squash, Chile honey, almonds, and mint.
Using Choose Chicago’s Restaurant Week menu search tool, you can find options to meet your preferences and dietary restrictions or sort by neighborhood.
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Chicago Restaurant Week begins this Friday (albeit, it may look a little different this year than in previous years). During Restaurant Week, over 250 participating restaurants in and around Chicago offer multi-course prix fixe menus for lunch ($25) and dinner ($39 or $55). This year, you’ll get to enjoy restaurant week through indoor or outdoor dining, carry out, and even delivery. Here are some of the notable additions to this year’s Restaurant Week roster in addition to tried and true favorites.
Avec River North
The new River North location of this beloved West Loop restaurant will be offering a five course dinner menu ($55). The tasting menu will include house-marinated olives and ciabatta to start, followed by chorizo-stuffed medjool dates with bacon and piquillo pepper-tomato sauce, a course of shaved brussels sprouts with calabrian chili and golden raisin, wood oven paella with confit chicken, escargot sausage, mussels and tangerine aioli, and lastly a raspberry rose tart. Enjoy dishes inspired by Greek and Spanish cuisine for indoor dining or on the outdoor patio.
Odyssey Chicago River
This dining experience is taking riverfront dining to a whole new level. Enjoy Chicago’s stunning architecture during a dinner cruise along the Chicago River. The menu ($55) includes a selection of soup or salad, an entree (with dishes like root vegetable fricassee, broiled salmon, grilled chicken, or scallop and shrimp scampi), as well as a dessert.
Aba is a West Loop favorite amongst many Chicagoans. This year, Aba’s $55 dinner menu will include a choice of a wide selection of appetizers (like charred eggplant, striped bass crudo, or house made stracciatella), an entree (like braised short rib, king salmon, or grilled cauliflower with dates and turmeric), a dessert (like pistachio or chocolate cake or creme brûlée), and even a craft cocktail (like a kiwi gin and tonic or a Mediterranean mule). Enjoy Aba’s Mediterranean fare from their stylish and intimate outdoor rooftop. Aba will also be offering a prix fixe brunch menu for $25 which includes two courses plus a choice of cocktail, beer, or wine.This definitely tops the list as one of the best Restaurant Week deals!
Girl and the Goat
Girl and the Goat is another tried and true West Loop favorite. In addition to the high quality food and experience, the world renowned restaurant rose to prominence because of it’s owner and chef, Top Chef winner, Stephanie Izard. This year’s menu ($55, dinner only) will offer contemporary dishes like brioche with goat liver mousse and relish, roasted bosu oysters with yuzu Harissa butter, shio kombu, and lime, and crispy short ribs with avocado and grape fruit chermoula. Don’t worry– we had to google a few of those ingredients, too. Girl and the Goat’s Restaurant Week menu will be exclusively available for indoor dining.
Chicago Restaurant Week runs March 19th through April 4th. Click here to make reservations and see a list of participating restaurants.
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A record breaking 430 restaurants, 16 of which are in South Loop, will offer special prix fixe menus during Chicago’s annual Restaurant Week, from January 24th to February 6th. Here’s where to dine during Restaurant Week in the South Loop.
CheSa’s at the Bureau Bar & Restaurant
724 W. Maxwell St
CheSa’s at the Bureau, in the heart of University Village, stands out on the list because of it’s dietary restriction friendly menu and kitchen. Whether you’re looking for vegan, vegetarian, nut allergy or gluten free options, all are served up in the allergy friendly kitchen at CheSa’s. (Of course, be sure to check with your server if you have any dietary restrictions or allergies). The $24 brunch menu includes an omelette bar, chicken and waffle station, fruit and pastries, shrimp and grits bar, and other southern favorites like collard greens, buttermilk biscuits, and country sausage gravy. The $48 three course dinner menu includes modern twists on classic southern meat, fish, and pasta dishes.
Grant Park Bistro
800 S. Michigan
Take in the stunning views and lively energy of Grant Park at this contemporary American bistro. The $36 dinner menu includes three courses. Choose from wild mushroom soup, burnt endive salad, or ceviche for your first course, duck breast, seared scallops, roasted butternut squash, or celeriac steak for your entree, and either a teurgoule tarte or dark chocolate entremet for dessert. Grant Park Bistro also features a selection of desserts from local bakery, Vanille Patisserie.
Mercat a la Planxa
638 S. Michigan Ave
Enjoy modern, Catalan style tapas, meats, seafood, vegetarian fare, and charcuterie at Mercat a la Planxa for either the $24 3 course brunch menu or $48 4 course dinner menu. Mercat a la Planxa is located just across from Grant and Millennium parks and is perfect if you’re looking for a trendy, semi-casual spot in a lively location.
Check out the complete list of participating South Loop restaurants here.
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With the holiday season behind us, lights and decorations disappearing, and social calendars calming down, January can seem cold, dark, and uneventful. Fortunately for Chicagoans, there’s restaurant week, a bright light in the Chicago winter. Each year Chicago foodies (and really anybody who likes going to restaurants) look forward to restaurant week when over 400 Chicago restaurants will offer multi-course prix fixe menus and specials to diners over the course of 17 days. Here are some of the top places to eat in the Loop during restaurant week!
Atwood- 1 W Washington St
Atwood serves all day upscale American cuisine. Diners enjoy the imaginative menu, lively location off State Street, and modern decor juxtaposed with the 19th century historic Reliance building it’s located in. Atwood’s restaurant week menu includes appetizer, entree, and dessert courses for both lunch ($24) and dinner ($36).
Cherry Circle Room- 12 S Michigan Ave
This James Beard Award winning concept is located on the second floor of the Chicago Athletic Hotel and is a hidden gem with an old time Chicago ambiance. The three course meal offers a choice of soup or salad, a fish, burger, or chicken entree, and apple tart by pastry chef, Angela Diaz and is available both for lunch ($24) and dinner ($48).
Prime and Provisions- 222 N Lasalle St
For a classic steakhouse dinner, satisfying lunch, or a more extensive brunch menu than you could imagine, Prime and Provisions has it all. Choose between the very wide selection of brunch options ($24), a 2 course lunch menu ($24), or a 3 course dinner menu, complete with a starter, entree, side, and dessert ($48) while you enjoy views of the Chicago river and skyline off Wacker Drive.
Restaurant week begins January 24th and runs until February 9th. Click here for a list of all participating restaurants in the Loop.
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