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Where To Eat For Chicago Restaurant Week

By Chicago Bucket Listers

March 19th to April 4th: Revel in specially priced menus from some of Chicago's best restaurants (now with takeout and delivery!) 🥡


Published March 15, 2021

Chicago Restaurant Week is making nothing short of a glorious return; causing us to rave over menu lineups and dream of future leftovers.  

From March 19th to April 4th, diners can enjoy prix fixe, multi-course menus from 290+ restaurants throughout Chicago and nearby suburbs. Special for this year, you'll also have the ability to experience the tastes of Chicago from home with takeout and delivery options.

Sip honey wine from brightly flavored Demera Ethiopia, enjoy the grilled ribeye with kaffir lime salt from HaiSous, and gorge on hand pulled noodles and dumplings from Duck Duck Goat. And the best part is, these multi-course meals are just $25 for brunch or lunch, and $39 and/or $55 for dinner. 

To help you narrow down the vast option list, here’s our favorite neighborhood spots to explore with different brunch, lunch, and dinner options. 

Arya Bhavam

For the plant-based foodies: enjoy fresh vegan takeout with none of the fast food guilt from Arya Bhavam. This Indian-fusion delight is made exclusively with whole foods containing no GMOs, MSG, artificial flavors or preservatives. The bites are instead packed with naturally colorful spices, vegetables and a variety of protein-packed lentils to keep your senses tingling. 

Menus: $25 Lunch, a $39 Dinner and a $55 Dinner; takeout and delivery only (no seating). 
Neighborhood: West Ridge
Where: 2508 W. Devon Ave.
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Demera Ethiopian

Picture this: home-made honey wine, fresh Ethiopian platters, and a house-roasted coffee to close the meal. Welcome to Demera Ethiopian, where diners can indulge family-style in the cuisine of North African. Now seating patrons in their bright, warm dining rooms, come enjoy their famous messob plates that let you try a little bit of everything. But, may we personally cast our votes for anything lamb and all the beverages? 

Menus: TBD; offering dine-in, takeout and delivery options.
Neighborhood: Uptown
Where: 4801 N. Broadway St.
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HaiSous Vietnamese Kitchen

Husband and wife team Chef Thai and Danielle Dang showcase the flavors and depth of Vietnam at their nationally acclaimed Pilsen restaurant, HaiSous Vietnamese Kitchen. Their deluxe Chicago Restaurant Week menu features some of their most mouthwatering specialties, including the grilled ribeye with kaffir lime salt and Vietnamese rice pudding with whipped vanilla custard. For those seeking Michelin-approved eats at their most affordable time of year: it’s the one to splurge on.

(Pst: For street food, specialty coffee and quenching cocktails, visit their next-door coffee spot Cà Phê Dá.

Menus: Family Style Dinner Menus - $39/Person and $55/Person options (2 person minimum). Dine-in, take-out and delivery.
Neighborhood: Pilsen
Where: 1800 S. Carpenter Ave.
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Ositos Tap

Do the words: “$25 five-course brunch menu” make your heart as happy as they did for us? Look no further than the super-social Osito’s Tap! This speakeasy-style bar focuses on the art of craft spirits and rare cocktails, all while fusing a modern Latin flair to a classic Chicago vibe. Run, don’t walk Uber, don’t drive. 

Menus: $25 Brunch 5 Course Brunch Menu, $39 4 course dinner menu, or $55 SIX course dinner menu. Indoor, outdoor, and takeout available.
Neighborhood: Little Village
Where: 2553 S. Ridgeway Ave.
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Virtue Restaurant & Bar
 

Exclusively offering a dine-in experience for Chicago Restaurant Week, Virtue is a Southern American restaurant that leads with a culture of hospitality & kindness. Come with friends for a warm, southern meal pulling from classic techniques and new flavors and twists. Their straightforward menu features kale or broccoli starter dishes, shrimp & grits or cajun jambalaya, pecan pie or carrot cake, and a cocktail or wine choice to end the night. (Note: not available Easter Sunday, April 4th). 

Menus: $55/person dinner menu
Neighborhood: Hyde Park
Where: 1462 E. 53rd St.
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Saigon Sisters

A long time West Loop staple, Saigon Sisters takes an updated approach to traditional Vietnamese street food. With a sleek, “hipster” interior with walls exhibiting original works by local artists, an impressive beverage selection of artisanal beers, sake and specialty signature cocktails, the unique Asian spot delivers a delicious experience in style. 

Menus: $39/Person Dinner Menu, with an optional $25/Person wine-pairing.
Neighborhood: West Loop
Where: 131 N. Clinton St.
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Aba

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Aba serves a light style of cooking taking inspiration from across the Mediterranean. The bar program showcases rare Mediterranean-inspired wines and spirits. Their Chicago Restaurant Week menu includes a generous array of spreads, mezze, and grilled meats — plus a cocktail of your choice.

Menus: $25 Brunch and $55 Dinner available for indoor seating, outdoor seating, takeout and delivery.
Neighborhood: West Loop
Where: 302 N. Green St.
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Pizzeria Portofino

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Enjoy Pizzeria Portofino’s sun-drenched, casual location on the breezy riverfront. The spot is known for their hand-stretched pizzas, vegetable antipasti and charcoal-grilled seafood coupled with approachable coastal wines & spritzes. But special for Chicago Restaurant Week, they’ve crafted three-course lunch and dinner menus featuring Portuguese octopus, due funghi pizza, lasagna bolognese and cacio e quattro pepe. *drools in italian*

Menus: $25 Lunch & $39 Dinner, for indoor seating, outdoor seating, takeout and delivery.
Neighborhood: River North
Where: 317 N. Clark St.
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Cabra

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Cabra draws inspiration from Stephanie Izard’s travels throughout Peru in Lima, Arequipa, and Cusco, and captures some of the vast flavors and culture from her experiences abroad. This Peruvian rooftop restaurant will provide panoramic views and an airy, lively atmosphere to make you feel like you're on a getaway yourself.

Menu: $39 Dinner offering indoor or outdoor seating.
Neighborhood: West Loop
Where: 200 N. Green St.
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Duck Duck Goat

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Continuing her travel-inspired installments, Chef Izard brings her version of "reasonably authentic" Chinese food to Chicago’s West Loop. Duck Duck Goat is her third venture with Boka Restaurant Group and features hand-pulled noodles, house-made dumplings, wontons, spring rolls, and more, ensuring no diner leaves hungry—or without leftovers for tomorrow. 

Menus: $39 Dinner, offering indoor-only seating. 
Neighborhood: West Loop
Where: 857 W. Fulton Market
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Franco's Ristorante

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Die-hard fans flock from all parts of Chicago for Franco’s famous handmade gnocchi, pastas, meatballs and massive pork chops, in addition to their fresh salads, and seafood entrees. Franco’s offers complete bar service and a welcoming old-neighborhood environment in this family-owned restaurant. 

Menu: $25 lunch and $39 Dinner menus, not valid Easter Sunday (April 4th), available for dine-in, outdoor seating, takeout and delivery.
Neighborhood: Bridgeport
Where: 300 W. 31st St.
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The Chicago Firehouse Restaurant

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Thought we’d close out the list with a Chicago staple, a landmark steakhouse located in South Loop in the original 1905 firehouse. The refined dining experience includes spectacular views of the South Loop skyline with a timeless menu (steaks, chops, and seafood). For their dinner prixe fixe, you’ll choose between rainbow trout and grilled pork tenderloin, with a s’mores crème brûlée to finish.

Menu: $55 Dinner Menu, available for dine-in or takeout.
Neighborhood: South Loop.
Where: 1401 S. Michigan Ave.
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For more information on booking tables, viewing menus and ordering delivery or takeout during the week.


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