NEWS from Choose Chicago

Al Orendorff
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(CHICAGO – December 13, 2017) – Chicago’s world-class culinary scene will once again be in the spotlight during the 11th annual Chicago Restaurant Week, January 26-February 8, 2018. 

Produced by Choose Chicago, reservations for the annual 14-day culinary celebration are now open at, featuring menus for participating Chicago area eateries.  More than 370 Chicago restaurants are expected to take part in CRW.

Chicago Restaurant Week gives visitors and local foodies an opportunity to enjoy specialty prix fixe menus from the participating Chicago restaurants. For 14 days, customers can enjoy dining deals throughout the city and surrounding suburbs and experience Chicago's rich, culinary diversity. The multi-course dining experience starts at $22 for brunch and lunch, and $33 and/or $44 for dinner (excluding beverages, tax and gratuity). 

“Chicago is home to legendary hospitality,” said David Whitaker, Choose Chicago President & CEO. “That hospitality is at the heart of our annual Restaurant Week celebration. Chicago’s 14-day program showcases the city’s diverse food scene like no other event can, attracting diners with the opportunity to enjoy a great deal on amazing food, while finding new and exciting places to explore new tastes and menu items, all at an amazing value."

Chicago Restaurant Week kicks off with First Bites Bash, featuring Lee Wolen, executive chef and partner at Boka restaurant in Lincoln Park, as First Bites Bash emcee, on Thursday, January 25, from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. in the Aon Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier. More than 60 of Chicago’s most famous chefs and restaurants will be represented at the event, which allows participants to preview tasting portions from their respective Restaurant Week menus. For a complete list of participating restaurants and to purchase tickets to First Bites Bash, visit

New in 2018, diners can make an impact on our neighbors in need throughout the duration of Restaurant Week. Text CRW to 41444 or visit to donate any amount with your credit/debit card to the Greater Chicago Food Depository.

More than 648,000 diners were served during CRW 2017, and the celebration continues to expand with 115 new restaurants participating in CRW 2018. New restaurants as part of the lineup for CRW 2018 include Bar Lupo, Carlucci Restaurant, Chicago Firehouse Restaurant, The Duck Inn, Eataly, HaiSous, Mahalo, Pearl Brasserie, ROOF on theWit, Shanghai Terrace, Upstairs at The Gwen and Vie.

Chicago Restaurant Week is sponsored by 100.3fm WSHE;101.9fm THE MIX; American Airlines; American Express; Michigan Avenue Magazine; NBC 5 Chicago; Telemundo; OpenTable and Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits.

A complete list of participating restaurants and the multi-course menu offerings is posted on Follow @ChooseChicago on Twitter and Instagram, LIKE us on Facebook, and get social using #FirstBites18 and #CRW18.


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 Follow @ChooseChicago on Twitter.  Like us on Facebook.


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