Chicago Restaurant Week is the perfect excuse to head out to one of Chicago's vibrant, foodie neighborhoods. In locales from Albany Park to West Town, over 350 Chicago restaurants are participating in Restaurant Week from January 27 to February 9, 2017 — making this the perfect opportunity to taste test through neighborhoods you haven't yet had a chance to explore.
Here are a few places we recommend for Chicago Restaurant Week 2017, by neighborhood.
Ixcateco Grill brings the flavors of Southern Mexico to the table. Casual and BYOB, Chef/Owner Anselmo Ramirez, who trained under renowned chefs such as Rick Bayless and Sarah Stegner, keeps the focus on authenticity, using seasonal, locally sourced organic and sustainably raised ingredients when possible. Save room for the decadent Tres Leches cake for dessert, included on the prix fixe menu.
3402 W. Montrose Avenue
Perfect for date night or a girls/guys night out, Bucktown fave Izakaya Mita is a Japanese bar and grill featuring authentic, small plates. The $33 Chicago Restaurant Week prix fixe menu offers a taste of Japan and includes Sashimi Ko-moriawase Tuna (yellowtail, and scallop sashimi daikon, shiso, wakame); your choice of Binchotan Skewers (beef tenderloin and shishito peppers) or Kamo Misozuke and Tokyo Negi (cold-smoked, miso-marinated duck breast and Japanese green onion); Sofutu Sheru Kurabu and Ebi Tempura (soft shell crab and shrimp tempura); and Oyako-don ("Parent and Child" chicken and egg ko-donburi rice bowl with onions and sweet dashi sauce, togarashi). Be sure to check out the extensive saké list.
1960 N. Damen Avenue
Chicago Restaurant Week is the perfect motivation to check out Michelin-rated A10 in Hyde Park. This bright, casual-yet-elegant restaurant offers a taste of the cuisine and hospitality of the sunny Cote d'Azur. The special, $44 prix fixe Chicago Restaurant Week menu includes plates that are bound to surprise your tastebuds, including the smoked pork cassoulet (featuring root veggies, guanciale, flageolet beans, sage and beer mustard) and the beet soft-serve ice cream topped with coriander brittle, benne seed and chamomile honey. Be sure to reserve some time to explore the many sights of Hyde Park.
1462 E. 53rd Street
Logan Square has seen a restaurant renaissance in the past couple of years, with Osteria Langhe one of the glowing, foodie highlights. Chef Cameron Grant's menu offers seasonal and sustainable dishes that showcase the Italian region of Piemonte. The $44 Chicago Restaurant Week prix fixe menu highlights such northern Italian ingredients as winter black truffles, La Tur cheese and guanciale. A flight of wine, available for menu pairing, is a bargain at $18.
2824 W. Armitage Avenue
Located in the historic heart of Pilsen, in the storied Thalia Hall, Dusek's Board and Beer pairs gourmet pub grub and locally crafted beers. Both lunch and dinner prix fixe menus are available for Chicago Restaurant Week, each focused on soul-warming comfort food with surprising touches. Tie in a self-guided tour of Pilsen and be sure to check out this neighborhood's evocative murals and world-class National Museum of Mexican Art.
1227 W. 18th Street
During Chicago Restaurant Week (January 27–February 9), 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). Visit EatItUpChicago.com for the complete list of participating restaurants, and share your dining adventures with @choosechicago #CRW2017 on Instagram and Twitter.