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
The 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|
|Bar Pastoral||Piccolo Sogno|
|Bull & Bear||Quartino Ristorante & Wine Bar|
|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|
|Mon Ami Gabi Lincoln Park||Virgin Hotels|
|Odyssey Cruises Chicago||Wicker Park Seafood & Sushi Bar|
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|
|Don Pancho Origenes Rum (Panama)|
|Metric Coffee Co.|
First Bites Bash
The 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 eatitupchicago.com.