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?
moto's river, part of its multi-course tasting menu
More than 30 restaurants are new participants of Restaurant Week in 2015, adding a myriad of different cuisines, dining styles, and locales for patrons. As with the veteran establishments, these spots are offering $22 prix fixe lunch menus and/or dinner degustations for $33 or $44. New options include Chicago classics like Gibson's Bar and Steakhouse (any place that Johnny Depp likes to patronize when in town has got to be worthwhile, right?), LUXBAR, and moto (above), the Fulton Market forebear world-renowned for its molecular gastronomy.
Executive Chef Richie Farina and Executive Pastry Chef Claire Crenshaw's moto has been so popular, in fact, that its Restaurant Week menu has sold out through the event. Don't let that stop you, however, from grabbing a future ticket to partake in this multi-sensory dining experience, a completely unique, detailed, extravagant world of riches.
Other additions are newer to Chicago's dining scene, like Michigan Avenue's Italian hit Acanto (above), or Rockit Ranch Productions' homage to bar food, Bottlefork. There's also FIG & OLIVE, the New York City- and Los Angeles-based Mediterranean sensation that made its Chicago debut on Oak Street.
If you happen to be grocery shopping at Mariano's (above) between January 30 and February 12, take note that several store locations are offering "lunch for two" options, just the incentive you need to go load up on groceries. Participating stores are Bucktown, Ravenswood, Lakeshore East, South Loop, and West Loop.
Even itinerant Chicago travelers can partake in the CRW glory, thanks to the inclusion of several airport restaurants to the repertoire. O'Hare visitors can swing by Wicker Park Sushi in Terminal 2, Stefani's Tuscany Cafe in Terminal 1, or Goose Island Brewery in Terminal 3 for some discount dining deals.
Be sure to visit EatItUpChicago.com to check out restaurant menus, reserve a table, and keep up with all the latest CRW news. Happy eating!
Photos: Gibson's Bar and Steakhouse, Acanto, Mariano's oyster bar