The best strategy for Chicago Restaurant Week 2017 (January 27–February 9) is to check out some of Chicago’s best (and priciest) restaurants at a fraction of the cost of a normal 3- or 4-course meal. With hundreds of participants (many new!) in 2017 and with the inclusion of brunch for the first time ever, this year’s Chicago Restaurant Week is sure to be one for the books. Here are the best Chicago Restaurant Week 2017 deals to sink your teeth into.
As a category, French restaurants tend to be some of the most expensive dining—in any city. Therefore you should be excited to know that many of Chicago’s best French restaurants are participating in Chicago Restaurant Week 2017, including:
Many of these restaurants actually do offer similar specials during the annual French Restaurant Week in July each year. That said, the deals don’t tend to be as good as this one!
With soups that start at $11 on Siena Tavern's normal menu, it's easy to see how you'll save a lot of money with their $44 3-course dinner menu. As an added bonus, at either location you can see what the hype is all about regarding their bombolini (Italian filled donuts).
832 W. Randolph Street
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If you haven’t been to de Quay before, you’ll notice that they operate with a pretty limited menu—at least as far as food is concerned. However, this Dutch/Indonesian restaurant has an extensive wine menu to ensure the perfect menu pairings. Their Chicago Restaurant Week menu doesn’t match anything on their current menu, which means you have the opportunity to try something you might not be able to get the rest of the year.
2470 N. Lincoln Avenue
The beloved Chicago-based restaurant group Lettuce Entertain You is always well represented during Chicago Restaurant Week. Their newest concept, Ema, is just begging to be one of your reservations—see for yourself what the hype is all about.
If you bought just the lowest-priced menu items on the dinner portion of their Chicago Restaurant Week menu, it would cost $47.75. What’s so great about their offerings are that you actually get different 5 courses of food to choose from!
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74 W. Illinois Street
There are a number of excellent Chicago Restaurant Week choices in the Gold Coast. This Chicago neighborhood has a lot of excellent dining options, but usually they’re attached to a high price tag. Take advantage of the temporary price break and give Fig & Olive a try.
If you bought just the lowest-priced menu items on the dinner portion of their Chicago Restaurant Week menu, it would cost $51. Make sure to note that some of the additional appetizers and entree options cost more, but are still a significant savings from normal menu pricing!
Fig & Olive
104 E. Oak Street
Feed your inner foodie (both literally and figuratively) by adding this hip new upscale Chinese restaurant. People in Chicago are obsessed with their ramen-like la mian noodles, and Chicago Restaurant Week is the perfect time to give them a try.
In this case, the best deal will be lunch, with four courses for $22. Their signature la mian noodles aren’t included as a part of this menu (though they are with dinner), so order some on the side to split for an extra $12.
If you’re looking to knock out another new hotspot, you should also check out Joy District.
6 W. Hubbard Street
OK, OK. Kinzie Chophouse is already an amazing deal and you could come in at any time and save big bucks compared to many of the other steakhouses in Chicago. Regardless, it deserves a place on this list.
On their own, the non-chicken entree options for the Chicago Restaurant Week menu would set you back $30–40. Add in a salad, soup, and dessert, and it’s easy to see how good this deal really is.On the flip side, if you’ve tried Kinzie Chophouse and want to try something new—you’re in luck. There are a number of indulgent steakhouses with Chicago Restaurant Week deals!
400 N. Wells Street
This fancy Pugliese (Italian) spot is tucked away, almost hidden in the West Loop. Though the restaurant can draw big spenders (if they're ordering more than pizza), you can get a taste of the entire menu range at a fraction of the cost during Chicago Restaurant Week.
If you bought just the lowest priced menu items on the dinner portion of their Chicago Restaurant Week menu, it would cost $51 without considering your choice of any dessert (dessert pricing not listed). What a steal!
1235 W. Lake Street
With hundreds of participating restaurants, it’s hard to go wrong with your Chicago Restaurant Week choices. Visit EatItUpChicago.com for the complete list and all the menus. Which fine dining establishments will you be checking out?
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