Chicago may be getting ready to celebrate New Year’s, but they shouldn’t overlook Chicago Restaurant Week. Reservations are now live with 115 new restaurants onboard offering customers discounted meals from January 26 to February 8. It’s the event’s 11th year in which a select group of restaurants offer prix fixe dinners for $44, and lunch/brunch for $22 or $33 — those are the same prices as last year. This year’s roster consists of more than 370 participating restaurants.
For those unfamiliar with the event, the city’s tourism organization, Choose Chicago runs restaurant week. It’s a way to encourage customers to dine out in the winter when business is slow due to frigid temperatures. Restaurant owners submit their menus to Choose Chicago with the hope that they can give diners a good sampling for what their restaurants offer. The idea is that they can lure repeat diners later in the year and jumpstart business. More than 648,000 diners participated last year in restaurant week, according to a news release.
Organizers have added a charity component to the even this year benefitting the Greater Chicago Food Depository. Diners can text “CRW” to “41444” or visit Choose Chicago to donate money to the charity. They’re accepting donations for the duration of restaurant week.
Start clicking and secure a reservation here. Reservations for the 11th annual Chicago Restaurant Week are now online.