It’s that special time of year again! Choose Chicago presents its 11th year of Chicago Restaurant Week. If you ever wanted to try the new trendy spots, fancy spots to impress that special someone, or just make your Instagram feed look delicious, CRW is your time to shine.
There are over 360 restaurants across the city participating in this event starting January 26th-February 8th. The prix fixe brunch, lunch and dinner menus all vary from $22, $33 and $44.
I know the last time we updated you on where to eat during CRW was 2016 but we’re back! I took some time out to list the 5 of the best bites during CRW. Check it out and maybe you’ll make some plans and reservations (if needed) to explore and enjoy what Chicago has to offer.
1. Ada Street
This year, West Town’s Ada Street is offering a Rapper’s Delight menu for CRW. This means that each offering on the 3-course menu is inspired by a rap lyric. I’m definitely looking forward to Kanye, “What she order…fish filet” Ada Street has a wide variety of craft cocktails too so if you’re looking to pre-game a bit before the meal, this spot is ideal.
2. The Albert Chicago
Nestled in the Einstein-themed Hotel EMC2 downtown, The Albert is offering a chic and modern 2-course lunch menu at and a 3-course dinner. I have an old friend who is a pastry chef here so I dying to finally get there and try the citrus meringue with Meyer lemon sorbet.
The swanky West Loop gem, Blackbird is serving a 3-course lunch menu. The menu has some tasty offerings like duck confit and roasted white fish.
Okay, I’d like to go on record saying that out of the many Ramen spots in the city, Strings is hands down my favorite. It’s perfect for that late night, after the party craving and also even better the next day when you have a hangover. Strings is offering a lunch and dinner menu and if you never had green tea ice cream before, please go give a shot, it’s incredible.
We went to Tanta during a beautiful summer day for Happy Hour on the rooftop. Ahhh, Summer. One of the things I love about Tanta is that every single item looks as good as it tastes. Even down to the details of the drinks. Check them out during CRW for a 3-course lunch or dinner.