Chicago Restaurant Week is a great excuse to finally try those restaurants you've had on your dining bucket list forever - and you've got one week left to do it! But at some restaurants, it's also the chance to try new dishes from some of the city's best kitchens. We've put together a list of four spots serving up special menus. If something catches your eye, make a reservation, because after February 6th, there's no guarantee you'll find it on the menu again.
Henri is serving up a curated Chicago Restaurant Week menu for lunch and dinner. Variations occur between the two menus, but the blood orange salad (with roasted carrots and spiced pear puree) and the chestnut gnocchi (with roasted apple chutney, pickled apples, roasted chestnuts and creme fraiche) appear on both. (Lunch and Dinner, $22/$44)
Deviating from their regular menu, Ada St. has put together a three-course meal inspired by women of the restaurant industry, with each course paying homage to the likes of April Bloomfield, Alice Waters, Julia Child and more. To start, choose between bagna cauda with fresh mozzarella, scrumpets with crispy fried lamb shoulder and moroccan carrot salad. Options for the main include bouillabaisse, roasted pork loin and soft polenta with wild mushrooms. Dessert is citrus pound cake with vanilla creme fraiche. (Dinner, $33)
With two distinct menus, go at lunch for the Amenian "Lahmajoon" lamb pizza and the twisted noodles with wood grilled calamari. Standouts on the dinner menu include the apple and pork belly tarte tatin served with quince marmalade, and the aged moulard duck breast with wild rice, broccoli rabe, cranberries and port. For a lighter end to the meal, the almond financier with preserved local blueberries is a good choice. (Lunch and Dinner, $22/$44)
Sepia is offering a special lunch menu, along with two dinner menus (3- and 4-course options) for Restaurant Week. Menu highlights include the pig's foot croquette with black truffle gribiche, braised pork collar with apple cider and rutabaga, and the ancho chocolate mousse tart with whiskey caramel and candied bacon. (Lunch and Dinner, $22/$33/$44)