“I don’t cook for my ego. I cook to make people happy.” _Lee Wolen
Chicago Restaurant Week 2018 returns on January 26 and continues through February 8 with two weeks of dining deals. The Chicago food scene is as diverse as the people of Chicago. The restaurants participating span the Chicagoland area. Different Chicago neighborhoods including downtown and suburbs. The dining choices include Italian, French, Spanish, Chinese just to name a few. This is your time to go to your favorite spot or just new places like I am. The restaurants should provide you with their special Restaurant Week Menu. If the servers fails to give you one, simply request the special menu. The annual culinary celebration features special prix fixe menus starting at $22 for brunch or lunch, and $33 and/or $44 for dinner (excluding beverages, tax, and gratuity).
Since Chicago beats to it’s own drum Chicago’s Restaurant Week is not going to be just 7 days but being held over 14 days. Chicago Restaurant Week will be kicked off on January 25th with the First Bites Bash being held at Aon Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier. The First Bites Bash will be hosted by Lee Wolen executive chef and partner of Boka restaurant in Lincoln Park with a portion of the proceeds will benefit Greater Chicago Food Depository. with a portion of the proceeds will benefit Greater Chicago Food Depository. Organized by the city of Chicago’s official tourism organization Choose Chicago; Chicago Restaurant Week will be inviting visitors and locals to dine January 26th and continues through February 8th.
These two weeks will prove to be a foodie’s paradise. I’ve already made my reservations. I’m excited to review 6 new restaurants. I’ve chosen restaurants I’ve never visited and I encourage you to also. The 11th annual Chicago Restaurant Week will have many restaurants that are 4 or 5 stars participating. I’ve included a link to the full list here. Please look over the many locations and their special menus before making your reservations during Chicago Restaurant Week.
With over 370 restaurants taking part (including 115 new participants for 2018!), you can get a taste of Chicago’s restaurant scene: Italian, French, Spanish, Chinese and more! Between the neighborhood favorites and downtown hotspots, you can feast on delicious multi-course menus all across the city and suburbs.
Are you making a reservation for Chicago Restaurant Week?
ARE RESERVATIONS REQUIRED?
Reservations are not required but are highly recommended. There is no guarantee that walk-in guests will be accommodated, so please call ahead or book your reservation online at eatitupchicago.com.
To learn about other event’s happening in and around Chicago go to ChooseChicago.com. For example, did you know Chicago Theatre Week is taking place February 8th to 18th with tickets ranging from $15 to $30 for over 100 shows. Tickets are available starting January 9th. You can learn more about Chicago Theatre Week here.
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