where to dine for chicago restaurant week
Chicago Restaurant Week is coming! You will want to make some reservations and get this on your calendar now. Here you’ll find information to help you decide where to dine for Chicago Restaurant Week 2020. This guide will direct you to explore participating restaurants, view menus and book your reservations. You should check back regularly since new restaurants are being added daily.
You won’t want to miss this 17-day celebration of Chicago’s award-winning culinary scene. It starts on January 24 and runs through February 9, 2020. The 13th annual event includes over 400 hundred of the city’s top restaurants.
Here’s your chance to try a few new places with special prix fixe multi-course menus ($24 for brunch/lunch, $36/$48 for dinner but doesn’t include beverages, tax & tip). Participating restaurants are located throughout Chicago and nearby suburbs.
Here are my recommendations: Artango, Atwood, avec, Big Jones, Big Star, Bistro Campagne, Bluebird, Cafe Spiaggia, Carnivale, Cochon Volant, Coco Pazzo, Dove’s Luncheonette, Farmhouse Chicago, Frontera Grill, Geja’s Cafe, Gene & Georgetti, GT Fish & Oyster, Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse, Las Tablas, Mango Pickle, Mon Ami Gabi, Nacional 27, Nico Osteria, Oceanique, Piccolo Sogno, Riva, River Roast, Sunda, Terzo Piano (The Art Institute of Chicago), The Publican, Topolobamo, Trattoria No. 10, Volare & Wildfire. I marked my current favorites in bold.
Please leave me your recommendations & share your photos in the comments of where you end up for Chicago Restaurant Week.
While we are on the subject of eating and you are figuring out some new places to try, here is a great opportunity to eat soup & give back.
Soup & Bread is a multi-city weekly affair hosted here in Chicago at the Hideout. You can enjoy some delicious soup with your neighbors, listen to music all while raising money for hunger-relief.
The Chicago series occurs on Wednesday evenings from 5:30 to 8 pm from January 8 through April 1, 2020. This is their 12th year & they have raised approximately $90,000 in donations for Chicago’s neighborhood food pantries and hunger-relief organizations.
Besides Soup & Bread, the Hideout is worth checking out for so many other reasons. It is one eclectic bar featuring obscure bands, an anniversary block party and hosts one-of-a-kind events like Veggie Bingo & The Interview Show.
The Interview Show hosted by Mark Bazar features guests from every walk of life — musicians, authors, comedians, community activists, chefs, CEOs, etc., both local and passing through town — sharing their world views and talents in a laid-back, intimate setting. Quoted from The Hideouts website.
Located in a precarious, once-industrial enclave between Lincoln Park & Bucktown it’s hard to get to (at least by public transportation), has an interesting history but well worth the trip. Bonus, it has lots of street parking. Check out their calendar of events.
Last March, some friends & I went to check out a storytelling event there called “Badass Women of Chicago History”. It was informative, empowering, provocative & frankly BADASS! Here’s a synopsis.
I hope you discover some new favorite places to dine for Chicago Restaurant Week 2020 & some more uniquely Chicago things to do.
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