Chicago Restaurant Week

Get ready for Chicago's most anticipated culinary event of the year! Chicago Restaurant Week returns Friday, January 22, 2016 - Thursday, February 4, 2016 for its ninth year, fresh off this year's record-breaking 333 participating restaurant partners.

The annual culinary celebration features special prix fixe menus starting at $22 for lunch and $33 and/or $44 for dinner (excluding beverages, tax and gratuity).

Get a taste of the city's rich, culinary diversity: Italian, French, Spanish, Korean, Thai and more! Between the neighborhood favorites and downtown hotspots, you can feast on delicious multi-course menus all across the city and suburbs.

We look forward to working with our dining partners and sponsors to make Chicago Restaurant Week 2016 the best yet!

Be sure to also join us for the annual First Bites Bash, the official kick-off event for Chicago Restaurant Week taking place on Thursday, January 21, 2016. This display of sweet and savory samplings welcomed more than 1,300 guests to Union Station in 2015, so don't forget to save the date!

Registration for dining partners will begin later this month. Additional event information and sign up instructions will be communicated shortly. If you have questions regarding the Restaurant Week program, please email us at

Those interested in sponsorship opportunities for Chicago Restaurant Week 2016 and/or the First Bites Bash should contact Nina Winston, Vice President of Strategic Partnerships, at or 312.567.8561. 

To further connect with us regarding Chicago Restaurant Week, we encourage our partners to join our Choose Chicago Partners Facebook Group.



Chicago Architecture Biennial

The inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial, Oct. 3, 2015 - Jan. 3, 2016, will be the first ever and largest international survey of contemporary architecture in North America. Free and open to the public, the Chicago Cultural Center will be devoted to the Biennial, with exhibits and programming taking place throughout the building.

Be inspired and celebrate architectural, cultural and design advancements with an eclectic mix of exhibitions, film screenings, symposia, performances and tours. Other primary venue locations include Millennium Park, Stony Island Arts Bank, EXPO72, Water Tower Gallery and the Graham Foundation.

As part of this groundbreaking architectural celebration, exclusive partner hotel deals are being offered for bookings between Oct. 1, 2015 and Jan. 4, 2016. We greatly thank our hotel partners for their participation during the Chicago Architecture Biennial. To view the list of participating hotels and their exclusive offers, visit

For more information, visit



Rohini Dey

Rohini Dey is owner of Indian-Latin restaurant Vermilion and is a former economist and management consultant. Dey spoke about joining Choose Chicago as a partner and how the industry network has benefited her business.


How would you describe your position with Vermilion? What do you do?

Vermilion is an Indian-Latin restaurant that I founded and own. While I started it in Chicago which is home for me, I also opened Vermilion in New York City six years back exporting a little bit of Chicago to the Big Apple!

What are your current projects?

I run Vermilion restaurants across both New York and Chicago and am deeply involved in their evolution. We recently relaunched both restaurants and this was captured in a CNBC restaurant reality docuseries "Consumed." I'm active in the restaurant industry - I worked with the Illinois Restaurant Association closely (I am on their Advisory Council) across the years to showcase Chicago's culinary riches (programming, dinners, Taste of Chicago, Chicago Gourmet, workshops for potential investors in Chicago).

I've worked actively with the National Restaurant Association every year at their annual convention hosted in Chicago and am a Trustee of the James Beard Foundation. Given my prior background (McKinsey, The World Bank), I also write on being entrepreneurial and on being a restaurateur (op-eds for Crain's, HuffPo, Chicago Sun Times, and for McKinsey) and continue working with Business Schools.

What are some of the goals of your organization?

My goals are twofold: I'm a zealot about Indian cuisine and breaking it out of the "curry in a hurry" mold it's been boxed in for decades in the U.S. As an avid world traveler who sees how cuisines all over are transforming with global influences and the explosion of the restaurant industry, I enjoy bringing Vermilion's unique Indian-Latin blend to our guests.

As a woman, I'm also committed to promoting women in the culinary industry and have founded the Women in Culinary Leadership (WICL) program with the James Beard Foundation to actively do so. Four of our eight 2015 WICL mentors who are training and sponsoring women in their restaurants this year are Chicago-based, so it's wonderful to see Chicago help us lead the charge on this.

How has your relationship with Choose Chicago benefited your business directly?

As an entrepreneur across both New York and Chicago, I have a lens on how vital it is to have allies that actively market your city and boost business and traffic. Massive events and conventions and tourism impacts my industry very directly. Being a culinary destination is a huge tourism and traffic draw, so it's a deeply symbiotic relationship with Choose Chicago and restaurants.

This year in particular, as a James Beard Foundation Trustee, it was a privilege and fun for me to work with Choose Chicago to bring the legendary James Beard Awards to Chicago for the first time in their 25-year history putting Chicago squarely and visibly on the national platform. Choose Chicago has also been amazing at putting out our news on their social media platforms to help us market ourselves and I see them do this across the board.

What would you say to a business owner or organization that is considering joining Choose Chicago?

There's no question that we have to back the organization that backs us. I also think as business owners we can reach out directly to Choose Chicago to get more involved and be a deeper part of the fabric of our own city.

Why did you join? What were your expectations?

Initially it was to be listed in the directory and participate in Chicago Restaurant Week, but now it's evolved to a much deeper relationship. I see how vested the entire Choose Chicago team is in taking our city to new strides, I see the statistics and results, I've attended the annual meeting celebration, I've seen some of the fabulous milestones (NFL Draft, James Beard Foundation, etc.).

In the last few years Choose Chicago has worked with the City amazingly and the results are very tangible. I see a new vitality and optimism.



Matt Kirouac

For one glorious weekend, indulge in 90 artisinal food, wine, beer and spirits purveyors in Chicago's iconic Lincoln Park. The Chicago Food + Wine Festival, presented by FOOD & WINE Magazine, will bring together acclaimed chefs, wine & spirits experts and winemakers from across the nation, as well as from Chicago's own acclaimed restaurant community for an unforgettable experience.

For its inaugural year, August 28-30, join world renowned chefs such as Rick Bayless, Graham Elliot, Jose Garces, Stephanie Izard, Fabio Viviani, Jimmy Bannos, Jr. and many others as they host a Grand Tasting in the heart of downtown Chicago. 

Featuring culinary demos, expert panels, tasting sessions and more, this is sure to be an outstanding debut culinary event. We are thrilled to be hosting the Chicago Food + Wine Festival later this month.

For more information, as well as to purchase tickets, visit the Chicago Food + Wine Festival website.



Chicago Golf Classic 2015

Thank you for your continued support of Choose Chicago, and most recently the 2015 Chicago Golf Classic. We hope you enjoyed your day at Cog Hill Golf and Country Club. It was highlighted by some friendly competition out on the links, as well as great food, drinks and entertainment. Thank you to all partners who purchased foursomes, were hole patrons, donated their products and services, as well as the countless volunteers who contributed to the success of this outstanding event. Your efforts were greatly appreciated!

Special thanks to Bank of America, Freeman and Goose Island.

Discussions are already underway for next year's event and we welcome any feedback you might have.  Please email Lori Adlesick at with any suggestions.



McCormick Place West

In July, the City of Chicago and McCormick Place welcomed a host of annual conventions and other major shows, along with thousands of attendees. Please join us in congratulating them on their successful shows, and we look forward to welcoming them back to Chicago soon.

2015 NIKE National Invitational, Tournament of Champions, Inc. (July 10-12)

The Tournament of Champions and its associated events are among the most competitive and prestigious interscholastic and club tournaments in the world. The NIKE National Invitational housed 60 courts under one roof, hosting more than 600 of the most competitive club basketball teams in the world. Estimated attendance was 13,500.

Institute of Food Technologists (IFT15) (July 12-14)

The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) is a nonprofit professional academic society with approximately 18,000 members working in food science, technology, and related professions in academia, industry and government. As the authoritative voice of food science and technology, IFT contributes to public policy, opinion and research on a global scale. IFT exists to advance the science of food and the long-range vision is to ensure a safe and abundant food supply contributing to healthier people everywhere. IFT is a Chicago based organization. Over 22,000 people attended this year's event.

ASI Show Chicago (July 14-16)

ASI is the largest media and marketing organization serving the advertising specialty industry. The ASI Show Chicago offered a full education conference, networking opportunities and exhibits. Exhibitors were supplier firms who market their imprintable advertising and marketing products to distributors. Attendees were distributors who market services to end-buyers (promotions and advertising buyers). ASI Chicago is one of five annual shows held by ASI around the country. Additional locations include Orlando, Long Beach, Dallas and New York.

The show featured hundreds of leading suppliers, including 150 new to ASI Chicago and nearly all of the industry's Top 40; more than 50 free education sessions, and two well-attended keynotes. Final attendance was 6,647.

Origami Owl O2 Experience 2015 (July 23-27)

Origami Owl National Convention, the O2 Experience  provides training for their home-party jewelry distributors. This special event is about making connections, telling their story, and growing their businesses. The O2 Experience includes training, product previews and announcements, and inspiration





Radius Events - Independent Garden Center Show
August18-20 6,500 Navy Pier IGC is the world's largest trade show and conference for independent garden center owners, managers and buyers. It is not open to the general public. It presents an expansive and carefully selected showcase of garden center products available at wholesale from around the world. In addition to the trade show, IGC offers the industry's most comprehensive educational program, with 30-plus seminars, workshops, tours and keynotes led by the brightest minds in business. 
Ace Hardware Corporation - Ace 2015 Fall Convention & Exhibits
August 20-22
 15,000 McCormick Place South
This event is designed for Ace Hardware store owners to see new products and place orders. Exhibitors are suppliers of materials sold in the hardware industry. The Convention and Exhibits are open to Ace retailers, invited exhibitors, prospective Ace retailers, invited guests and Ace staff.



As a Choose Chicago partner, your employees and immediate family members receive exclusive tuition scholarship benefits for Kendall College's degree programs in Culinary Arts, Hospitality Management, Business and Education. Don't wait! There is still time to enroll in the fall quarter; classes begin on September 30.

Learn more how your organization and employees can benefit from partnering with Kendall College, who welcomes you to unlock your potential. Or, contact Jeremy Tibbels, Field Recruitment & Partnerships Manager, at for more information on these valuable benefits and to schedule a visit by one of their field representatives to explain this exciting opportunity to your team.


Drop by and see us during our monthly office hours! Choose Chicago will offer one-on-one walk-in hours for our partner organizations at our downtown office located at 72 E. Randolph. Office hours provide an opportunity to meet with the Choose Chicago Partnership team to discuss:

  • Questions regarding your partnership
  • Benefits and resources available to help grow your organization
  • How to enhance your online profile including a tutorial on the Partner Extranet
  • Choose Chicago's educational and marketing opportunities
  • Ways to build stronger relationships with the Choose Chicago team and the industry

Date: First Thursday of every month:

  • September 3, 2015
  • October 1, 2015
  • November 5, 2015
  • December 3, 2015

Time: 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Place: Choose Chicago Loop Office Conference Room
72 E. Randolph Street - 3rd Floor
Please sign in at the security desk

For more information about Choose Chicago office hours:
Please contact


Join us in welcoming the newest partners this year to Choose Chicago:



Air & Water Show

The largest free show of its kind in the U.S. returns August 15-16 with thrilling sky and lake performances visible across the lakefront. Head to North Avenue Beach for front-row seats of the action, including the U.S. Navy Blue Angels and the Breitling Jet Team, making its debut this year. 



Chicago Jazz Festival

The 37th annual Chicago Jazz Festival is a favorite Labor Day Weekend tradition in the city. The oldest of Chicago's free lakefront music festivals boasts a diverse linup of carefully-curated artists and musicians for four days of incredible music. Don't miss it! 



Magnificent Mile Shopping Festival

The nation's first shopping festival celebrates its fifth anniversary, Sept. 4-7, 2015, with stylish events, fashion shows, culinary demos, concerts and more. You can also register for the Women's Half Marathon & 5K race, which includes the iconic Magnificent Mile as the course's centerpiece.