Chicago Restaurant Week FAQs

March 19 - April 4, 2021

Whether you are a veteran or a brand new Chicago Restaurant Week (CRW) participant, we’ve outlined some FAQs to help you navigate the registration process and make the most of your CRW participation.

Overall program FAQs

  • Do I have to participate in CRW for the full length of the program?
    Yes, your participation in CRW is required during the full length of the program, all 17 days.
  • Will there be an extension of program dates this year?
    There will be no extension to the program dates this year. The promotion will officially end on April 4, 2021.
  • Can my restaurant participate for takeout/delivery only?
    Yes, restaurants can participate for takeout/delivery only.
  • Can I offer dine in if the current city/state restrictions are lifted during the Chicago Restaurant Week?
    Yes, restaurants can participate offer both dine in and take out/delivery during the Restaurant Week promotion.
  • If my restaurant is normally closed for service on one of the CRW program days, must I open in order to participate?
    No, you can keep your normal business hours. However, please clearly note the day(s) that you’re closed for service in your online partner listing as well as on your CRW menu(s).
  • Do I have to participate in lunch and/or dinner to offer brunch?
    Yes, you must offer a lunch and/or dinner menu throughout the full length of the program in order to participate in brunch.
  • When will diners begin to make reservations?
    The CRW website, eatitupchicago.com, goes live and reservations will begin in mid-February 2021 (date subject to change).
  • Why can’t I upload my CRW menu?
    Click here for details on how to upload your CRW menu and ensure all menu(s) requirements are met.
  • How many courses should I offer on my menu(s)?
    It is up to you, however, historically restaurants have offered a minimum of three courses. It is best to offer a few options for each course as well as include upsell items such as wine, beer or cocktail pairings. Please review the menu best practices.

Registration FAQs

  • What is the deadline to register?
    Registration and menu submissions are due Friday, Feb. 12, 2021. Register now. Optional gift card/certificate submissions are also due Friday, Feb. 12, 2021.
  • What are the CRW participation requirements?
    • Must be a Choose Chicago Partner 
      • If you are not a partner and would like to participate in CRW, please email partnership@choosechicago.com
    • If you are a Choose Chicago Partner, you must register to participate in CRW. Registration fee is waived for 2021.
    • Prix fixe menu(s) must be available for the entire program duration
    • Menu Pricing Per Person:
      • Brunch and lunch: $25 – (excludes beverage, tax, gratuity, and delivery fees)
      • Dinner: $39 and/or $55 – (excludes beverage, tax, gratuity, and delivery fees)
    • Optional: You can submit a $50 dining certificate/gift card per restaurant to be used for promotional purposes
    • Email partnership@choosechicago.com if you have any additional questions. 
  • How will I know when I’ve met all requirements for my CRW participation?
    You will receive a confirmation email once your registration has been completed and all requirements have been met.

Dining certificate/gift card FAQs

  • Why should we submit a dining certificate/gift card?
    Every restaurant has the option of submitting one $50 dining certificate/gift card that will be used for promotional purposes and giveaways throughout the promotion/year. Deadline to submit is Feb. 12, 2021.
  • How do we submit a dining certificate/gift card if interested?
    • Submit one $50 dining certificate/gift card per restaurant
    • Must be valid through December 31, 2021
    • Certificate must include a number and signature
    • Make certificate out to “Bearer of Certificate” or leave blank. Certificates made out to CRW will be returned
    • Scanned, emailed or handwritten certificates will not be accepted
    • All gift cards/certificates must be mailed or hand delivered to*:
      • Attn: Mayela Hobbs
        Choose Chicago
        72 E. Randolph St., 3rd Fl.
        Chicago, IL 60601

*We strongly recommend use of certified mail or FedEx to ensure safe shipment and timely arrival. Contact Mayela Hobbs at restaurantweek@choosechicago.com or 312-567-8462 for more information or assistance.


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