All You Need to Know About Chicago Restaurant Week

Just Plain Good.

Food is probably the only thing we can have every single day of our lives and not get sick of. At the Genie, writing about food (and stuffing our faces) always tempts our tastebuds. So when we heard about Chicago Restaurant Week, we got pretty excited. Here’s what to expect:

Fine Dining, Defined

Chicago Restaurant WeekThe 9th Annual Chicago Restaurant Week 2016 brings over 350 restaurants together for specials prices, menus, and experiences. This year’s fest will feature 54 new participants from last year, with locations spread across the city, and even as far as Geneva, IL. The premier multi-course menus will leave you stuffed while wanting more at the same time.




January 22nd-February 4th


First things first, Chicago Restaurant Week isn’t actually a week long at all. Don’t let it burst your bubble though; the belly-filling festival actually lasts for two weeks.

Featured Restaurants (via Choose Chicago)
Here’s the complete list:
a tavola Osteria La Madia
Appellation Oyster Bah
Bar Pastoral Piccolo Sogno
Bar Siena Porkchop
Bistrot Zinc PROSECCO
Bull & Bear Quartino Ristorante & Wine Bar
Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba! Remington’s
Carnivale Rockit
Chop Roka Akor
Cindy’s RoSal’s
Cochon Volant Roy’s
Current Saigon Sisters
Devon Seafood Grill Shaw’s Crab House
Dine Restaurant South Branch
Farmhouse Chicago State and Lake Chicago Tavern
Filini Restaurant Summer House Santa Monica
Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse Tapas Valencia
Intro Tavern on Rush
Ixcateco Grill tesori trattoria and bar
Jellyfish Texas De Brazil
Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab The Berghoff Restaurant
Kinmont The Grill on the Alley
Labriola Chicago The Signature Room at the 95th
May Street Cafe The Windsor
Mercadito Kitchen Vermilion
Mon Ami Gabi Lincoln Park Virgin Hotels
Odyssey Cruises Chicago Wicker Park Seafood & Sushi Bar
Orso’s Restaurant Wildfire
The Beverage List (also from Choose Chicago)

It’s not just booze, although a little alcohol to keep us warm is always welcome.

Goose Island Beer Co.
Terlato Wines International
Langley’s No. 8 Gin
Riazul Tequila
Don Pancho Origenes Rum (Panama)
CH Vodka
Maker’s Mark
Crafthouse Cocktails
San Pelligrino
Aqua Panna
Perrier Sparkling
Metric Coffee Co.
First Bites Bash

Chicago Restaurant WeekThe event kicks off with the First Bites Bash, as 60 of Chicago’s most decorated chefs lead the way to a massive tasting affair. Located at the Great Hall of Chicago’s Union Station, this prestigious gathering features just about everything that makes Chicago Restaurant Week unique. You’ll find food, drinks, and a larger-than-life helping of the city’s culinary scene. You can purchase tickets to the bash at Eventbrite for $125. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation.
You can learn more about Chicago Restaurant Week at