Every year, Chicago Restaurant Week occurs at the end of January. What began as a week-long celebration of the city’s best restaurants is now two full weeks of culinary exploration. It’s one of the most anticipated events in Chicago and this year it takes place from January 26 through February 8, giving you plenty of time to try several new places. Here are the Chicago restaurants and bars that you have to visit during Chicago Restaurant Week.
Beacon Tavern is a hot spot during the summer because of its location near the river, but its menu makes it a destination all year long. They’re offering both lunch and dinner during Chicago Restaurant Week, and with items like Peekytoe Crab Dip and Berkshire Pork Shoulder, you’ll know this is a place you’ll want to visit no matter whether you can kayak on the river or not.
Wine aficionados will want to add The Boarding House to their restaurant week itinerary. Owned by Master Sommelier Alpana Singh, this multi-level restaurant has 450 wines on its bottle list, so you’re sure to find the perfect pairing for your Faroe Island Salmon or your Torchio Pasta, made with truffle cream sauce.
Gene & Georgetti is the original steakhouse in a city that’s now filled with them. Since 1941, they’ve been serving prime aged steaks, chops, chicken vesuvio, Italian specialties and fresh seafood. At only $44 for the three course menu, you won’t want to miss this opportunity to try their charred octopus, New York strip, and tuxedo mousse cheesecake.
How often do you get to experience a Michelin-starred restaurant for less than $50 per person? Naha has claimed that honor six years in a row, and Chef Carrie Nahabedian is one of the most renowned chefs in the country. You can dine on her excellent Contemporary American cuisine at either lunch or dinner.
With more than 350 restaurants participating in this year’s Chicago Restaurant Week, it can be difficult to narrow it down, but you can’t go wrong with these four must-visit restaurants.