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Category - Chicago Restaurant Week 2015

Level Two

Chicago Restaurant Week 2015 has been a booming success for the city's restaurant industry, and more restaurants than ever have participated this year. With just two days remaining in the annual culinary event, why not start your year off on a charitable foot with a delicious CRW lunch at Level Two, on the second floor of Hyatt Chicago Magnificent Mile?

Chris Marchino

Cafe Spiaggia is one of Chicago's crown jewels in terms of refined Italian fare (with a "magnificent" view, no less), so you'd be wise to prioritize it on your Chicago Restaurant Week dining itinerary. As the Michigan Avenue mainstay dives into CRW, I chatted with executive chef Chris Marchino about all things Restaurant Week to gauge some insider perspective and also learn which restaurant he's embarrassed about never having been to. 


Food and liquor go together like Mike Ditka and facial hair, but it's not as easy as slapping together a plate of food with a random boozy beverage. It takes a special artistry and precision to make a masterful pairing, and when done right it can really make a memorable meal. There are plenty of places in Chicago who have got pairing down to a science, many of which are participating in Chicago Restaurant Week.

A Restaurant Week Guide to Neighborhood Gems

Friday, January 23, 2015 12:00 AM by Matt Kirouac

Gemini Bistro

You've heard of Restaurant Row and celebrity chefs like Paul Kahan, Stephanie Izard and Rick Bayless. They're culinary keystones that help make Chicago the world-class food city it is today. But with thousands upon thousands of restaurants in Chicagoland, there's lots to explore beyond the famous and familiar.


In Chicago, we're able to travel the world via the many ethnic restaurants that dot our city. It's never too early to introduce your kids to the flavors of other cultures. Chicago Restaurant Week is the perfect time of year to check out some of our city's world culinary delights. From January 30 through February 12, you can take advantage of excellent prix fixe menus - starting at $22 for lunch and $33 and/or $44 for dinner (excluding beverages, tax and gratuity) - for the whole family. Here five picks for family-friendly, fun and adventuresome dining with your kids that will take you around the world during Chicago Restaurant Week 2015.


Let's face it. Dietary restrictions are a part of dining out. But rather than a cumbersome burden, restaurants in Chicago have risen to the occasion in recent years to assuage restrictions and offer exciting options for vegans, individuals with gluten sensitivity, and more. No better time to explore these options than Chicago Restaurant Week, kicking off its two-week run January 30, featuring more than 300 restaurants throughout Chicagoland.

Chicago Restaurant Week Newcomers

Thursday, January 8, 2015 12:00 AM by Matt Kirouac

Matt Kirouac

Like Beyoncé's career, Chicago Restaurant Week gets better with age. One of Chicago's preeminent dining draws, the two-week promotion boasts nearly 300 restaurants this year, providing more than 250 options for prix fixe deals throughout the city. In preparation for Chicago Restaurant Week's January 30 kickoff, let's take a look at some of this year's newcomers, shall we?

The Keys to a Great Chicago Restaurant Week

Monday, December 22, 2014 12:00 AM by Matt Kirouac

City Winery CRW

It's almost that time of year; Chicago Restaurant Week is coming up fast, taking place January 30 through February 12. You'd best save up an appetite now, because the best of the best in Chicago restaurants are slated to participate in this can't-miss lineup of dining supremacy. Of course, the surfeit of superb dining options can be a tad overwhelming, so to help you navigate the sea of deliciousness, here are some keys to a great Restaurant Week. Feel free to print it out, frame it, and hang it above your desk. Or whatever.

First Bites Bash

Chicago's favorite epicurean celebration is a little over a month away! Chicago Restaurant Week, Jan. 30 - February 12, is 14 days of dining heaven that showcases the city's finest culinary talent - more than 250 restaurants will be offering special prix fixe lunch and dinner menus this year.

Before chowing down next month, pick up a ticket to First Bites Bash, the official kick-off event of Chicago Restaurant Week. Join Choose Chicago inside the magnificent Great Hall at Chicago Union Station, January 29, where diners can enjoy savory and sweet tastings from more than 50 of Chicago's most celebrated chefs and restaurants.

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