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Marc Much

16 Chicago Neighborhood Food Gems to Try During Restaurant Week

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A10 in Hyde Park
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Chicago Restaurant Week 2017 represents 26 neighborhoods in the city and 304 restaurants. That's excluding the suburbs and O'Hare. When those communities outside of Chicago are added, that increases the number of participating restaurants to 343.

River North, with 85 restaurants, tops the lists with the most participating restaurants. The Loop follows with 38, trailed by West Loop at 31 and Lincoln Park with 24. Most Chicago restaurant fans know about restaurants in these neighborhoods.

Choose Chicago has enjoyed success attracting restaurants in those areas, but, for various reasons, they've had difficulty attracting restaurants in others. A couple of neighborhoods have one representative: Eli's Cheesecake World waves the Dunning flag up north where there's mostly Forest Preserve. Ixcateco Grill does the same in Albany Park. Meanwhile, Pilsen (Dusek's, May Street Cafe) and Hyde Park (A10, The Promontory) have only two representatives each.

Restaurant Week kicks off on Friday, lasting through Feb. 9 and reservations went online in December. Some restaurants include a new brunch option this year for $22. That complements the $33 lunch and $44 dinner options.

Use the opportunity and discounts to visit a neighborhood that doesn't get as much of the spotlight. Here's a handy list to help plan that trip, listed from north to south.

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Revival Social Club (Edgewater)

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Brunch and dinner are available at Revival in Edgewater. Brunch may be the way to go, thanks to an assortment of Benedicts.

Ampersand Wine Bar (Ravenswood)

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This chill wine bar and restaurant in Ravensood has a simple dinner menu. The smoked beef cheek sounds divine.

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Bar Roma (Andersonville)

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Here's the chance to try Andersonville's new meatball-centric spot. The dinner menu includes deep-fried shredded meatballs.

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Ixcateco Grill (Albany Park)

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Albany Park's Mexican standout continues to be a feel-good story, with Anselmo Ramirez churning out quality plate after quality plate. A mole is available. Get that.

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Demera Ethiopian Restaurant (Uptown)

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Chicago's premier Ethiopian restaurant is Uptown's only Restaurant Week participant. The Eater 38 honoree has both lunch and dinner menus.

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Eli's Cheesecake Bakery Cafe (Dunning)

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There aren't many restaurants in northwest Dunning, but old Chicago favorite Eli's has a cafe at their factory. They've got a lunch menu that comes with a slice of cheesecake. Diners also have the options of a whole 9-inch cheesecake or cookbook to take home.

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Via Lima (Lincoln Square)

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The expanding Peruvian restaurant is serving Restaurant Week dinner. Arroz con pato (duck confit over cilantro rice and veggies) is the highlight.

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Las Tablas (Portage Park)

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Both Las Tablas locations, including the one in Lakeview, have Restaurant Week dinner menus. Just be careful not fill up on the empanadas; guests get four of them at this Colombian steakhouse.

Volo Restaurant Wine Bar (Roscoe Village)

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What's a prosciutto rocket? Find out a Volo, where that's one of the featured dishes on their dinner menu.

Table, Donkey and Stick (Logan Square)

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There are plenty of options on the Restaurant Week dinner menu at Table, Donkey and Stick. Enjoy their signature charcuterie and other items.

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Mana Food Bar (Wicker Park/Bucktown)

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Chef Jill Barron continues to put out amazing veggie food in this tiny Wicker Park spot. The dinner menu includes sweet potato gnocchi.

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Homestead on the Roof (West Town)

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Yes, Fifty/50 Restaurant Group does fancy. Right above Roots Handmade Pizza, Homestead is doing dinner with a decadent lobster pot pie.

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Kurah (South Loop)

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Kurah is doing both lunch and dinner with a separate veggie option for those inclined. This Mediterranean spot is an underrated gem.

May Street Cafe (Pilsen)

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May Street Cafe is doing dinner. The steak restaurant is offering a 7-ounce steak sandwich as its headliner.

The Duck Inn (Bridgeport)

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Kevin Hickey's acclaimed restaurant is doing brunch and dinner this year for Restaurant Week.

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A10 (Hyde Park)

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Matthias Merges' Bib Gourmand-winning restaurant is serving dinner for Restaurant Week.

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Revival Social Club (Edgewater)

Brunch and dinner are available at Revival in Edgewater. Brunch may be the way to go, thanks to an assortment of Benedicts.

Ampersand Wine Bar (Ravenswood)

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This chill wine bar and restaurant in Ravensood has a simple dinner menu. The smoked beef cheek sounds divine.

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Bar Roma (Andersonville)

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Here's the chance to try Andersonville's new meatball-centric spot. The dinner menu includes deep-fried shredded meatballs.

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Ixcateco Grill (Albany Park)

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Albany Park's Mexican standout continues to be a feel-good story, with Anselmo Ramirez churning out quality plate after quality plate. A mole is available. Get that.

Marc Much

Demera Ethiopian Restaurant (Uptown)

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Chicago's premier Ethiopian restaurant is Uptown's only Restaurant Week participant. The Eater 38 honoree has both lunch and dinner menus.

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Eli's Cheesecake Bakery Cafe (Dunning)

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There aren't many restaurants in northwest Dunning, but old Chicago favorite Eli's has a cafe at their factory. They've got a lunch menu that comes with a slice of cheesecake. Diners also have the options of a whole 9-inch cheesecake or cookbook to take home.

Marc Much

Via Lima (Lincoln Square)

Via Lima

The expanding Peruvian restaurant is serving Restaurant Week dinner. Arroz con pato (duck confit over cilantro rice and veggies) is the highlight.

Via Lima

Las Tablas (Portage Park)

Both Las Tablas locations, including the one in Lakeview, have Restaurant Week dinner menus. Just be careful not fill up on the empanadas; guests get four of them at this Colombian steakhouse.

Volo Restaurant Wine Bar (Roscoe Village)

What's a prosciutto rocket? Find out a Volo, where that's one of the featured dishes on their dinner menu.

Table, Donkey and Stick (Logan Square)

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There are plenty of options on the Restaurant Week dinner menu at Table, Donkey and Stick. Enjoy their signature charcuterie and other items.

Marc Much

Mana Food Bar (Wicker Park/Bucktown)

Mana Food Bar

Chef Jill Barron continues to put out amazing veggie food in this tiny Wicker Park spot. The dinner menu includes sweet potato gnocchi.

Mana Food Bar

Homestead on the Roof (West Town)

ThinkLeigh Photography

Yes, Fifty/50 Restaurant Group does fancy. Right above Roots Handmade Pizza, Homestead is doing dinner with a decadent lobster pot pie.