December 17, 2013


Meghan Risch
(312) 567-8540

Chicago Restaurant Week, produced by Choose Chicago, returns for its 7th annual culinary celebration, featuring more than 250 restaurants throughout the Chicago area, including 40 new participating restaurants. Kicking off earlier, but with an additional four days than in years past, Chicago Restaurant Week will run for 14 days from January 24 through February 6. Chicago's favorite culinary celebration will feature prix fixe menus starting at $22 for lunch and $33/$44 for dinner, excluding beverages, tax, and gratuity, for all participating restaurants.

New to the Chicago Restaurant Week lineup this year are American Junkie, Beatrix, CH Distillery, Quartino, Stella Barra Pizzeria, The Boarding House, The Refinery, Siena Tavern, to highlight a few.  Chicago Restaurant Week offers the opportunity to try one of these new additions, and experience dining throughout Chicago's flavorful neighborhoods.  For a complete list of participating restaurants and to find listings via neighborhood, visit or download the Choose Chicago mobile app via  Be sure to make reservations early, and check back often as restaurants and menus will be added daily.

Choose Chicago is teaming up with Uber to bring FREE rides to Chicago Restaurant Week patrons for the ultimate dining experience!  The Chicago Restaurant Week team will donate $1 to the Greater Chicago Food Depository for each first Uber ride taken during the 14-day dining extravaganza.  Chicago Restaurant Week fans receive a FREE first ride up to $25 off by entering the code CHICAGORW when they sign up, so they can make it to their reservation on time and in style.

Hungry already? Don't wait for January 24 to sample what Chicago chefs are cooking up. Join Executive Chef Paul Kahan at First Bites Bash on Thursday, January 23, in Union Station's Great Hall. This official kick-off event for Chicago Restaurant Week will feature savory and sweet tasting portions from more than 50 participating restaurants in Chicago Restaurant Week.  To view of a list of participating restaurants and purchase tickets, visit  A portion of the proceeds generated by ticket sales will benefit two local charities, Gilda's Club Chicago and Kahan's own Pilot Light.

Stay up to date with menus and new restaurant additions to the Chicago Restaurant Week lineup: follow @ChooseChicago on Twitter, LIKE us on Facebook, and get social with #FirstBites and #CRW.

Chicago Restaurant Week is sponsored by 101.9fm THE MIX, American Express, Goose Island, Serious Eats, NBC5 Chicago, OpenTable, Terlato Wines, Michigan Avenue magazine and Uber.

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About Choose Chicago

Choose Chicago is the official sales and marketing organization responsible for promoting Chicago as a global visitor destination leveraging the city's unmatched assets to ensure the economic vitality of the city and its member business community. For more information, visit

About Uber

Uber is a mobile app on iPhone and Android that allows you to request reliable transportation such as black cars or taxis with the tap of a button. Your ride will arrive curbside in 5 minutes and payment is taken care of seamlessly through the app. Find out more about Uber by visiting, following them on Twitter at @Uber_CHI or emailing