River North, Chicago, Italian

Friendly Service Announcement: Chicago Restaurant Week is One Week Away!

Chicago Restaurant Week : January 24 - February 6, 2014

Do you have a growing list of restaurants that you want to try? Now is your chance to cross many of them off your list and still stay within your monthly allowance! Beginning January 24 and running through February 6, 2014, 290 Chicago-area restaurants will be participating in the fourteen-day foodie extravaganza known as Chicago Restaurant Week. Each restaurant will be featuring prix fixe menus starting at $22 for lunch and $33 and/or $44 for dinner, depending upon the number of courses, and excluding beverages, tax and gratuity. Many restaurants book up quickly during this time, so make your reservations today!

Where will I be dining you ask? Tanta, Nico Osterio and Rustic House are all on the agenda right now. To garner the most bang for your buck, head to those pricier restaurants that you may otherwise skip or save for special occasions. My recommendations include Naha, Sepia, Green Zebra (for my vegetarian friends!), The Lobby at the Peninsula Chicago, NoMi Kitchen and The Pump Room.

Where will you be dining during Restaurant Week? Comment below and let me know!




  • Nici

    Right now I have Green Zebra, Tanta and Nightwood planned. Very excited!

    • Chritiques

      Yum! I cannot wait to try Tanta. I’ve heard so many great things and it’s been on my list for a while. I went to Green Zebra last year during Restaurant Week and Nightwood is fantastic. Enjoy, and report back with your thoughts!

  • I specifically avoid Restaruant Week on purpose. Why? A couple reasons 1) the special priced menus often have items that are not on the normal menu. Have seen this at multiple places. 2) they bring in extra staff to help with the crunch and the experience is not what you would get normally. I have had many bad experiences, such as at Merciadito – and I will never go back because of that experience. I would rather pay full price and get the experience the chef and restarauntuer wants me to get then to try to experience a limited menu during a slam.

    • Chritiques

      John, you make all very valid points. I sometimes order off the regular menu during Restaurant Week if I am not crazy about the options. But, it seems like most restaurants are now posting their special prix fixe menus ahead of time so everyone can review them before choosing to go. Hopefully people can still get a feel of the restaurant and the style of the cooking, even if not eating items from the normal menu. It is still a fun time and a great way for people to experience all of the wonderful dining options in Chicago!