The 21 Best Deals For Chicago Restaurant Week
Here’s where to make reservations before the deals end on February 5th.
Chicago Restaurant Week is back from January 20th to February 5th. (Yes, the "week" lasts 17 days). There are over 300 participating restaurants this year, offering multi-course meals for either $25, $42, or $59 dollars. So to help you narrow things down, we made you a list of 20 participating spots that we love, in alphabetical order.
This Mediterranean restaurant is offering a $25 brunch and a $59 dinner. Brunch options include short rib shakshuka and a green falafel sandwich, and for dinner, there are things like hummus, kebabs, and leg of lamb. Plus, both prix fixe meals come with your choice of cocktail.
photo credit: Kim Kovacik
This (very) busy West Loop Italian spot isn’t going to blow your mind with creativity (it’s mainly pizza, pasta, and a handful of entrees) but the food is great. And this year, Alla Vita is doing a $25 lunch and a $59 dinner for Restaurant Week. Both menus have some of the best dishes here, like arancini, rigatoni alla vodka, and their magically crispy chicken parmesan. The space is huge and buzzing, full of people dining solo, staff scurrying around, and everyone from couples to large groups talking loudly and drinking wine.
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The three-course $59 dinner from this Greek restaurant in Logan Square has a lot of dishes we like. Like kataifi prawns, lamb with potatoes, seabream, and loukoumades.
Both locations of Avec have deals we like. The West Loop location is offering a five-course $59 dinner and $25 lunch. For dinner, you'll get olives, fattoush and sweet potatoes, chorizo stuffed dates, chicken shawarma, and donuts. River north has a $25 three-course lunch with lentil soup, your choice of roasted beet tartine or chicken, and nutter butter squares. Their five-course dinner includes a chocolate creme brulee tart and their famous dates.
Esmé in Lincoln park is one of our highest-rated restaurants in the city, serving a very expensive 12-course tasting menu. While their adjacent sister restaurant Bar Esmé isn't quite as fancy, it's still great, and is participating in Restaurant Week. Their deal is a three-course dinner for $59, where you can get fun things like a giant Flamin’ Hot Cheeto, and less-fun-sounding-but-still-great dishes like butternut squash soup and wagyu. Plus, you have the option to add-on from the regular menu.
This Southern Andersonville restaurant is offering a $25 three-course lunch and a $42 three-course dinner, with options like crawfish etouffee or gumbo fat fried chicken. One thing that’s not optional is the bread service at dinner—you’ll get their jalapeño cheese cornbread whether you want it or not (and, trust us, you want it).
photo credit: Jack Li
Bloom Plant Based Kitchen
One of our favorite restaurants happens to be vegan, and they're offering a $59 dinner for Restaurant Week. You get to choose from dishes like plum and celery ceviche, yuca gnocchi, tacos, and vegetable pot pie. Everything is gluten-free, many things are raw, and we've never had a bad dish, so go ahead and pick with confidence.
Chesa's Bistro And Bar
This gluten-free, Southern restaurant in Avondale serves the kind of comforting dishes that make us look forward to–or at least not hate—Chicago’s 30-degree days. They're offering a $25 brunch and $59 dinner option for Restaurant Week. Brunch has dishes like short rib and grits (a beefy change of pace from shrimp that we didn’t know we needed), and dinner has dishes like fried green tomatoes and lobster etouffee.
You can choose a $25 lunch, or a $42 three-course or $59 four-course dinner at Daisies in Logan Square. Lunch includes sandwiches like chicken parm, and we’d be happy with either dinner at this farm-to-table pasta spot—both menus have the delicious carrot rillettes, smoked sturgeon agnolotti, and raspberry pretzel pie.
photo credit: Kim Kovacik
The decision to go to Dell Rooster in West Town is always a good one. This isn’t just because this all-day Latin American restaurant has great food (and it really, really does) but because it works for all sorts of situations—date night, post-work dinner, or dining solo at the bar. They're doing a $59 dinner for Restaurant Week, featuring some of our favorite dishes. like oxtail sitting on fried sweet plantains is an example of a share plate that shouldn’t be shared, and short rib barbacoa on a bed of creamy grits.
This Uptown spot is one of our favorite Ethiopian restaurants in the city, and their injera, doro wat, and lega tibs are particularly excellent. They're offering both a lunch and dinner deal, and their Restaurant Week menu is coming soon. But no matter what you choose, ordering Demera is always a good decision.
Duck Duck Goat
Like everything in the goat empire, Duck Duck Goat is a fun spot with good food. Here, you’ll find Chinese food with twists. For Restaurant Week, they're offering two $59 six-course menus (vegetarian or regular) with a bunch of their greatest hits, like bone marrow jiaozi, glass noodles, and their shrimp toast. Plus, dishes from the dim sum menu will also be available to order separately.
HaiSous Vietnamese Kitchen
This Vietnamese restaurant in Pilsen is offering a $59 per person family-style dinner (minimum two people) with 3 shareable courses. You'll get to eat snacks like jicama salad, braised chicken curry, plus whipped banana cream with toasted banana crackers.
The best Italian restaurant in the city is offering a $59 four-course family-style dinner. You can choose from dishes like nduja arancini, gnocchetti, chicken parmesan, and ice cream and sorbet. And because it’s Monteverde, you can count on everything being excellent.
Rooh’s three-course $59 dinner has a lot of hits from their regular menu: green pea and goat cheese kulcha, tuna bhel, butter chicken, and seabass goan curry. And it comes with your choice of either naan or rice.
Saigon Sisters Restaurant
There are so many great dishes on Saigon Sisters’ $59 three-course Restaurant Week dinner that you should consider ordering from this West Loop spot several times. There's bun cha hanoi, whole branzino, bo luc lac, octopus with squid ink rice, banana brown butter cake, and butternut squash che.
The Restaurant Week menu is a perfect example of why we appreciate Siena Tavern so much. Sure, their Italian food is consistently great. But this is a restaurant that never f*cks around—they know what people want and they give it to them. They’re offering lunch, brunch, and dinner with all their best dishes, like the wagyu meatball and rigatoni alla vodka. They’re also offering add-ons in case you want to order off-menu.
There are a handful of restaurants that we visit during our “off” hours, and Sushi-san is on that list. They’re offering a $59 four-course dinner for Restaurant Week, which includes your choice of starter, maki, a main dish like wagyu gyudon, or some sushi and sashimi. There will be dessert too.
The $59 four-course dinner at this Peruvian restaurant in River North gives you a choice of tiradito, anticuchero, entrees like pork tenderloin, and Flor de Papa dessert.
The Publican is offering a $59 four-course dinner. You can get mussels, broccoli romanesco, and dishes like butchers steak and potatoes and skate wing with beans.
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One of our favorite Southern restaurants in the city has a great deal for Restaurant Week. Virtue in Hyde Park has a three-course dinner for $59, and you get to choose from things like fried green tomatoes, black kale salad, shrimp and grits, jambalaya, red velvet cake, and banana pudding. Which, frankly, are very hard choices to make.