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16 Chicago Neighborhood Food Gems to Try During Restaurant Week

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A10 in Hyde Park
| Marc Much

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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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Revival Social Club (Edgewater)

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1133 W Granville Ave
Chicago, IL 60660
(773) 293-6435
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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.

2. Ampersand Wine Bar (Ravenswood)

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4845 N Damen Ave
Chicago, IL 60625
(773) 728-0031
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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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3. Bar Roma (Andersonville)

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5101 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60640

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

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4. Ixcateco Grill (Albany Park)

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3402 W Montrose Ave
Chicago, IL 60618
(773) 539-5887
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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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5. Demera Ethiopian Restaurant (Uptown)

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4801 N Broadway St
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 334-8787
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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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6. Eli's Cheesecake Bakery Cafe (Dunning)

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6701 W Forest Preserve Ave
Chicago, IL 60634
(773) 308-7000
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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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7. Via Lima (Lincoln Square)

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4024 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60618
(773) 348-4900
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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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8. Las Tablas (Portage Park)

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4920 W Irving Park Rd
Chicago, IL 60641
(773) 202-0999
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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.

9. Volo Restaurant Wine Bar (Roscoe Village)

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2008 W Roscoe St
Chicago, IL 60618
(773) 348-4600
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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.

10. Table, Donkey and Stick (Logan Square)

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2728 W Armitage Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 486-8525
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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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11. Mana Food Bar (Wicker Park/Bucktown)

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1742 W Division St
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 342-1742
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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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12. Homestead on the Roof (West Town)

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1924 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 332-2354
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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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13. Kurah (South Loop)

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1355 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605
(312) 526-3986
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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.

14. May Street Cafe (Pilsen)

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1146 W Cermak Rd
Chicago, IL 60608
(312) 421-4442
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May Street Cafe is doing dinner. The steak restaurant is offering a 7-ounce steak sandwich as its headliner.

15. The Duck Inn (Bridgeport)

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2701 S Eleanor St
Chicago, IL 60608
(312) 724-8811
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Kevin Hickey's acclaimed restaurant is doing brunch and dinner this year for Restaurant Week.

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16. A10 (Hyde Park)

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1462 E 53rd St
Chicago, IL 60615
(773) 288-1010
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Matthias Merges' Bib Gourmand-winning restaurant is serving dinner for Restaurant Week.

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1. Revival Social Club (Edgewater)

1133 W Granville Ave, Chicago, IL 60660

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

1133 W Granville Ave
Chicago, IL 60660

2. Ampersand Wine Bar (Ravenswood)

4845 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60625
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This chill wine bar and restaurant in Ravensood has a simple dinner menu. The smoked beef cheek sounds divine.

4845 N Damen Ave
Chicago, IL 60625

3. Bar Roma (Andersonville)

5101 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640
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Here's the chance to try Andersonville's new meatball-centric spot. The dinner menu includes deep-fried shredded meatballs.

5101 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60640

4. Ixcateco Grill (Albany Park)

3402 W Montrose Ave, Chicago, IL 60618
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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.

3402 W Montrose Ave
Chicago, IL 60618

5. Demera Ethiopian Restaurant (Uptown)

4801 N Broadway St, Chicago, IL 60640
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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.

4801 N Broadway St
Chicago, IL 60640

6. Eli's Cheesecake Bakery Cafe (Dunning)

6701 W Forest Preserve Ave, Chicago, IL 60634
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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.

6701 W Forest Preserve Ave
Chicago, IL 60634

7. Via Lima (Lincoln Square)

4024 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60618
Via Lima

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

4024 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60618

8. Las Tablas (Portage Park)

4920 W Irving Park Rd, Chicago, IL 60641

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.

4920 W Irving Park Rd
Chicago, IL 60641

9. Volo Restaurant Wine Bar (Roscoe Village)

2008 W Roscoe St, Chicago, IL 60618

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

2008 W Roscoe St
Chicago, IL 60618

10. Table, Donkey and Stick (Logan Square)

2728 W Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
Marc Much

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

2728 W Armitage Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

11. Mana Food Bar (Wicker Park/Bucktown)

1742 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60622
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.

1742 W Division St
Chicago, IL 60622

12. Homestead on the Roof (West Town)

1924 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
ThinkLeigh Photography

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

1924 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

13. Kurah (South Loop)

1355 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605

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

1355 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605

14. May Street Cafe (Pilsen)

1146 W Cermak Rd, Chicago, IL 60608

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

1146 W Cermak Rd
Chicago, IL 60608

15. The Duck Inn (Bridgeport)

2701 S Eleanor St, Chicago, IL 60608
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Kevin Hickey's acclaimed restaurant is doing brunch and dinner this year for Restaurant Week.

2701 S Eleanor St
Chicago, IL 60608

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16. A10 (Hyde Park)

1462 E 53rd St, Chicago, IL 60615
Marc Much

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

1462 E 53rd St
Chicago, IL 60615

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