Here's a resolution for 2017: Make a point to expand your Chicago dining repertoire by exploring new restaurants during Chicago Restaurant Week 2017 (January 27–February 9). Over 350 Chicago restaurants are participating this year, including 50 brand-new additions, making this the perfect opportunity to give some new-to-you restaurants a try . . . while bringing the kids along too.
Here are five picks for family-friendly, fun and adventuresome dining with your kids during Chicago Restaurant Week.
During Restaurant Week, the $33 prix fixe dinner menu for two includes your choice of a salad, blue cheese fries or wings, and a personal pizza with your choice of up to 4 toppings, plus a sweet cupcake for dessert.
3215 N. Sheffield Avenue
Located in the heart of Wicker Park, Dove's Luncheonette is a sweet diner with a 1960's vibe. Don't let the casual atmosphere fool you: the menu here delivers inventive, Southern-inspired Mexican cuisine, alongside a mom-and-dad-friendly tequila and mezcal-focused bar program.
The $33 prix fixe Restaurant Week menu includes a ‘Back to Life Cocktail' (Dungeness crab, squid and shrimp lightly marinated in tomato, orange and lime juice and tossed with tomatoes, habaneros, avocado and cilantro) or black-eyed pea hummus; a first course choice between an arugula salad or chile verde; fried chicken or tamal de hongos for a main course; and a scoop of the ice cream du jour for dessert.
1543 N. Damen Avenue
Go for the Prince Geja's combination, which gives you a chance to try all the dip-worthy goods, offered for $44 during Chicago Restaurant Week. Schedule your family's visit on a night that features tableside classic guitar music.
340 W. Armitage Avenue
Chicago q offers a BBQ experience like no other, thanks to pit-master Art Smith. Expect the highest quality meats seasoned with house-made rubs served up Southern-style in a charming and family friendly dining room.
The $22 Chicago Restaurant Week is a big deal: Choose from smoked dry-rubbed wings or a house bacon cheddar hush puppies with a smoked corn, black bean and avocado salad; for your entrée—which comes with your choice of cornbread, coleslaw or fries—take your pick from pulled pork shoulder, sliced brisket, 1/3 slab of St. Louis or baby back ribs; carrot cake or homemade cookies make for a sweet finale.
1160 N. Dearborn Street
In addition to fabulous lunch and dinner menus for Chicago Restaurant Week, the bar and grill will be offering a Mity Nice weekend brunch special: $22 includes a Mity Nice bloody mary or any specialty cocktail; a choice between the delish fork-and-knife cinnamon roll. green chili chicken nachos or duck trap smoked salmon for a first course; for a main course, good luck deciding between huevos rancheros, sweet corn cake eggs benedict, a bacon, mushroom & havarti omelet or crispy chicken and waffles... they're all delicious!
835 N. Michigan Avenue
Take advantage of excellent prix fixe menus starting at $22 for brunch and lunch and $33 and/or $44 for dinner (excluding beverages, tax and gratuity) for the whole family. Get more insider recommendations for Chicago Restaurant Week on the blog and visit EatItUpChicago.com for the complete list of participants. Then share your dining adventures with @choosechicago #CRW2017 on Instagram and Twitter.
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