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Restaurant Week

Chicago Restaurant Week is just around the corner! Make your plans and reservations early for these great deals:

FIRST TIME RESTAURANT WEEKERS

Bar Biscay
Chef Johnny Anderes starts his first RW menu with a favorite appetizer - gougères - before moving onto a comforting clam and jamon Fabada and the West Town restaurant's sausage-stuffed peppers. The menu finishes with a new dessert, a light coconut cake with pumpkin puree and toasted pepitas. Don't forget to add on a porron of wine and ask the friendly staff for a demonstration. 
Menu here. $48 for four-course dinner. Available Tues-Sun.

Funkenhausen
Chef Mark Steuer offers up one of Funkenhausen's top sellers to start. The Charred Broccolini was inspired by his childhood loathing of the version his mom and grandmother made and his motivation to reinvent it. He removed the bacon and lets the smoke flavor come via the grilled broccolini, which replaced the original broccoli. Golden raisins are rehydrated in cider vinegar to provide an acidic balance, while buttermilk dressing subs in for mayo. Toasted hazelnuts and a drizzle of chili oil finish the dish. For mains, he offers a pork schnitzel or ruby trout filet, before the black forest donut as a final sweet treat.
Menu here. $36 for three-course dinner. Available all seven days. 

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This Lakeview restaurant is participating in Restaurant Week for the first time since opening in 2014. Expect Spanish fare with a twist from Chef Alisha Elenz, a 2019 nominee for Jean Banchet's Rising Star award, from Boquerones to start to roasted cauliflower to mussels and clams.
Menu here. $48 for four-course dinner. Available Tues-Sun. 

Walton St. Kitchen & Bar
This new Gold Coast restaurant is offering both lunch and dinner menus, with multiple options for each course. Try a lighter lunch entree from a French vegetable omelette, open-faced Caprese sandwich or Chinese Chicken salad, or pick a classic dinner entree like the steak frites, Berkshire pork chop or lamb Wellington.
Menu here. $24 for lunch, $48 for dinner. Available all seven days. 

Wells St. Market
For a taste of everything for commitment-phobes, Wells St. Market is the place to go. Their Restaurant Week menu involves a token system purchased at Grand Central Bar that allows you to mix and match courses between some Chicago dishes at the variety of stalls. Pick a charcuterie board or arancini at Tempesta Market, before moving onto Piggie Smalls for a gyro or Pork & Mindy's for a slider trio, finishing with a donut ice cream sandwich at Firecakes. The combinations are endless.
Menu here. $24 for lunch, $36 for three-course dinner. Available Mon-Fri.

TAO Chicago

River North’s TAO Chicago (632 N Dearborn St.) offers Pan-Asian cuisine for Chicago Restaurant Week. Guests will take in the subterranean dining room with views of the 16-foot-tall Quan Yin statue and indulge in the special dinner ($36) menu, which includes an appetizer, entrée and dessert. Highlights include the Tuna PokePetite Filet Mignon “Tokyo” Style and Chocolate Cake with Salted Caramel Ice Cream, which guests can pair with craft cocktails or sake offerings (note: menu does not include tax, tip or beverages). Please find the full Restaurant Week menu here.

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Gougères at Bar Biscay (Photo Courtesy of Bar Biscay)

RETURNING RWs

El Che Bar
Starters include a light arugula salad or French onion empanada, before the second course of Patagonian Locro stew. The Asado course highlights the open fire grill at the back of the restaurant, where you'll find Manion prodding almost every night of the week. Also offered, the 10oz grilled bricklayer ribeye served with housemade chimichurri sauce, or the salmon fillet for pescatarians. The meal is complete with a dulce de leche tres leches cake. 
Menu here. $48 for four course dinner. Available Mon-Sat. 

Gemini
Lincoln Park neighborhood spot is serving up both brunch and dinner. For brunch, start with the sticky cinnamon buns, before moving to a sweet strawberry and creme waffle or chorizo chilaquiles. The three-course dinner menu has highlights like grilled Spanish octopus, steak frites and an orange-tarragon creme brûlée. 
Menu here. $24 for brunch, $48 for dinner. Brunch on Sat and Sun. Dinner available all seven days. 

La Sirena Clandestina
At Chef John Manion's first restaurant, he's been holding down the fort on Fulton Market since opening in 2012, serving up his version of Brazilian beach food. Kick off your dinner with an empanada, before trying their kale salad or comforting black bean soup, and then the white fish biano or flat iron steak for mains. Finish off the meal with a bread pudding, topped with cachaça bananas, chocolate and whipped creme. For anyone checking prices: they're offering an extra fourth course while still at the lower $36 price point.
Menu here. $36 for four-course dinner. Available Tues-Sun. 

Smyth + The Loyalist
Fans of Chef John Shields's food will love this affordable menu at the Loyalist basement. Start with either a beef tartare or mussels before moving onto your choice of three entrees -- and yes, the cheeseburger is on there! Finish off the meal with the finest hazelnut praline puff in town. 
Menu here. $36 for three-course dinner. Available Mon-Sat.

Split-Rail
The bar was set high by Chef Zoe Schor with her Friends vs. Seinfeld menu last year, so she picked a Netflix sensation to inspire this year's menu - Queer Eye. Choose from two menus, either inspired by the show's food & wine expert, Antoni Porowski, or "The Other Guys" aka. Tan France, Bobby Berk, Jonathan Van Ness and Karamo Brown. Fans of the show will love the quotes tied to each course, like these few:

  • 'You have to create little pockets of joy in your life to take care of yourself' from Jonathan, which translates to a Bean and Cheese Empanada
  • 'When you're feeling buried, you're actually just planted' from Bobby takes the form of a Shaved Vegetable Salad
  • 'Everybody looks good in a French tuck' from Tan, translates to "It's a French Tuck" chocolate creme puff dessert

Menu here. $48 for four-course dinner. Available Wed-Mon. 

The Kitchen Chicago 

The Kitchen Chicago is offering guests a variety of dishes from their brunchlunch and dinner menus.

Experience Chicago Restaurant Week by dining along Chicago’s Riverfront, and enjoy dishes created by using real food sourced from American Farmers.

Brunch

Pop in during Restaurant Week Weekends (Jan. 26 & 27 + Feb. 2 & 3) from 10:00am-3pm and for $24 select three different items off the brunch menu. How about starting off with the Ricotta Toast with Preserves, and then dive in to the hearty Farmer’s Breakfast featuring eggs, crispy potatoes, mighty vine tomatoes, bacon and toast. Don’t forget to delight your sweet tooth with the blueberry-oat streusel coffee cake!  

Lunch

No sad desk lunch here! Venture outside the office and treat yourself and your coworkers to a delicious lunch that will help you power through the rest of the day. For $24 start with the Little Gem Salad or the Crispy Fish Tacos featuring tempura rockfish, pickled red onion, radish and smoked chili tartar. The Kitchen’s Curried Vegetables and Brown Rice is a delicious gluten friendly and vegan main plate. Don’t forget to finish off with the warm salted chocolate chunk cookie – you can even bring it back to the office! 

Dinner

Start with the Roasted Beets and Pistachio with homemade labne and orange vinaigrette off the small plates menu. For your main dish you can’t go wrong with either the mustard butter-glazed Roasted Chicken with curried couscous, The Kitchen’s famous Pasta Bolognese featuring beef, pork and lamb, or the Mole Braised Short Rib with pickled-tomatillo radish and queso fresco. The Butterscotch Pot de Crème with salted cashew brittle is the perfect way to end your dining experience. Dinner Menu $48

Reservations are encouraged during Restaurant Week and are easy to make right here.

Piccolo Sogno and Nonnina

From the kitchens of Tony Priolo and Ciro Longobardo of Piccolo Sogno and Nonnina come affordable menus for Chicago Restaurant Week 2019. The two-week restaurant celebration runs January 25 through February 7 and gives guests the opportunity to try the best of Chicago's food scene at amazing prices.

For Chicago Restaurant Week, both restaurants will offer a three-course lunch menu for $24 and three-course dinner menu for $36 (excluding beverages, tax and gratuity). Come as a couple, with friends or plan that long overdue celebration while the price is right! Tony and Ciro will be on hand to mingle and make your experience next level.

Feast on specialty dishes like Anatra e Spinaci (wood-roasted, shredded duck with mushrooms, aged balsamic, baby spinach and radicchio salad), Pappardelle con Cinghiale (wide flat pasta with spiced wild boar ragu) or Panna Cotta with candied lemons, blackberry sauce and mixed berries at Piccolo Sogno AND classic favorites like Arancini (breaded saffron risotto balls stuffed with meat and tomato ragu), Pork Chop Peperonata (Berkshire pork chop, wood-fired, stewed bell peppers and red onions) or Chicken "Vesuvio" (roasted half chicken with rosemary, white wine, garlic, peas and potatoes) at Nonnina.

For details on Piccolo Sogno's menu, click here. For more information on Nonnina's menu, click here. Reservations are highly recommended and can be made by calling the restaurants at 312.421.0077 (Piccolo Sogno) or 312.822.0077 (Nonnina).

City Mouse at Ace Hotel Chicago

Ace Hotel Chicago’s friendly neighborhood restaurant, City Mouse (311 N Morgan St.), offers guests a wide variety of fish and vegetarian options on its Chicago Restaurant Week menu. Boasting select gluten free and vegan dishes as well, the lunch ($24) and dinner ($36) menus have been tastefully curated by executive chef, Pat Sheerin. The three-course lunch menu highlights include Cauliflower Soup, City Mouse Burger & Fries ($4 surcharge) and Caramel Cake, while the four-course dinner menu offers even more flavorful items, including Grilled Gulf Shrimp, Squid Ink Spaghetti, Pan Roasted Swordfish andStumptown Coffee Crème Brûlée. Beverage, tax and gratuity not included. Please find the full Restaurant Week menu here.

The Hampton Social

The Hampton Social (River North - 353 W. Hubbard St.; Streeterville - 164 E. Grand Ave.), a Chicagoland destination that exudes East Coast vibes and a playfully nautical atmosphere, is offering its coastal fare for the city’s highly anticipated restaurant week. Among the coursed menus are newly launched dishes (courtesy of Corporate Executive Chef, Francis Gonzalez) including the Shelter Island Salmon, Parmesan Trout and Beach Bowl available for brunch ($24), lunch ($24) and dinner ($48)Guests can be pair these bites with the concept’s beverage menu, that transform guests to feel as if they’re dining seaside. Please find the full Restaurant Week menu here

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The Grill at El Che Bar (Photo Courtesy of El Che Bar)

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