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5 Super Sensory Chicago Dining Experiences

Monday, January 8, 2018 9:00 AM by Judy Giannetto

The food scene in Chicago is adventurous, award winning, exuberant and ever changing. It surprises the senses, tantalizes the taste buds, and says everything about the city’s vibrant spirit. Here are five among the many extraordinary dining experiences to be had in Chicago.

Ukrainian Village is one of those Chicago neighborhoods that you’ve probably heard about and have been meaning to visit, but maybe never got around to it. It’s simple to plan a fun, budget-friendly day in this West Town neighborhood. Read on for the best and most affordable eats, shops and more in Ukrainian Village.

Top Deals for Chicago Restaurant Week 2017

Tuesday, December 27, 2016 12:00 AM by Maddy Osman

Imperial Lamian

The best strategy for Chicago Restaurant Week 2017 (January 27–February 9) is to check out some of Chicago’s best (and priciest) restaurants at a fraction of the cost of a normal 3- or 4-course meal. With hundreds of participants (many new!) in 2017 and with the inclusion of brunch for the first time ever, this year’s Chicago Restaurant Week is sure to be one for the books. Here are the best Chicago Restaurant Week 2017 deals to sink your teeth into.

The Florentine

As the weather grows colder—and quickly!—rich, hearty flavors beckon us inside from the chill. The bright colors of autumn's harvest—think roasted delicata squash, pink-red pomegranates, pumpkin seeds, swiss chard and more—warm and delight us. This time of year, many of Chicago’s top restaurants transition to new fall menus, which means you'll reap the bounty of eating seasonally, plus you may get the opportunity to find new favorite dishes at old favorite spots!

Gene & Georgetti

Since the restaurant first opened in 1941, Gene & Georgetti have been serving up some of the best steaks the city has to offer. Help Chicago's oldest steakhouse celebrate its 75th anniversary with an order from their special menu. From the Filet Mignon to the Chicken alla Joey, taste why this steakhouse has been a sizzling success!

Taste of Chicago
Get a true taste of Chicago in Grant Park July 6 - 10. Enjoy a variety of food, lively music and the scenic lakefront at this free, five-day festival. Sample Chicago's diverse dining scene with 69 vendors made up of the city's top restaurants and chefs. Although the opportunities for fun at the 36th annual Taste of Chicago are countless, here's a few highlights of the festivities by the numbers:

Kendall CollegeChicago is a rich training ground for chefs and the culinary milieu remains one of the finest in the world, with something to please any palate at any price point. A number of these fine culinary masters working in the Loop, River North, and parts beyond received their training at Kendall College, which has been training people in the hospitality arts for decades.

Taste of Iceland at Cite Restaurant

While Chicago and Iceland may be far apart, a special series taking place next week is about to bridge the gap in delicious new ways. Taking place March 17 through March 20, Taste of Iceland is a food festival like no other, showcasing the country's cuisine at legendary Cité Restaurant via a special tasting menu.

Chicken Shop Chicago

Chicago Restaurant Week is the perfect time of year to check out some of our city's culinary delights. From January 16 through February 4, 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.

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