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Get Hungry For Chicago Restaurant Week

Our top picks for Chicago Restaurant Week


FEBRUARY 2017 – We love eating in Chicago, especially since we could eat at someplace different every day and likely never repeat anything. No matter if we want to hit a classic spot or check out every new place opening in Fulton Market, River North or Logan Square, we could feast plentifully on a variety of cuisines from Italian and Chinese to new American and Ethiopian.

That’s why Chicago Restaurant Week, takes place now through February 9, pretty much is a dream come true for anyone who really enjoys eating out and exploring new places. More than 300 restaurants all over the city participate with either a three-course prix-fixe brunch and lunch menu for $22 or dinner for $33 or $44 (usually not including drinks, tax and tip). Restaurants create menus that showcase their cuisine and highlight what their kitchen is all about the rest of the year.

While Restaurant Week spans 14 days (yeah, it really should be renamed Restaurant Two Weeks) it’s impossible to hit every place and narrowing down your choices can also take some serious thought. So we’re here to help by picking some of our favorite restaurants, including Cindy’s and Cherry Circle Room here at the Chicago Athletic Association hotel. We even hunted down the menus so you know what you’ll be getting into. Just click on the restaurant name to launch each menu.

Cindy’s
Course: Lunch
Cuisine: New American
Neighborhood: The Loop
Menu highlights: tomato soup and grilled cheese; braised pork sandwich; orange gingerbread dream cake

Cherry Circle Room
Course: Lunch
Cuisine: American
Neighborhood: The Loop
Menu highlights: French onion soup; fish n’ chips (beer battered cod with sour cream-dusted crispy fried potatoes); ancient grains risotto with kohlrabi and turnip

Acanto
Course: Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Neighborhood: The Loop
Menu highlights: ricotta gnocchi; n’duja sausage; sole piccata; smoked trout deviled eggs

Ema
Course: Lunch, Diner
Cuisine: Cali-Mediterranean
Neighborhood: River North
Menu Highlights: Green falafel sandwich; winter squash risotto; grilled octopus with fried kale and fingerling potatoes

Arami
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Sushi/Japanese
Neighborhood: West Town
Menu Highlights: Soft shell crab and spicy ebi; hamachi, sake, zuke, maguro; Japanese mushroom risotto

BellyQ
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Korean BBQ
Neighborhood: West Loop/Fulton Market
Menu Highlights: Goat cheese salad with sake apricot dressing and spiced rice puff; braised beef shoulder with red Thai curry and long bean

Green Zebra
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Modern vegetarian
Neighborhood: West Town
Menu Highlights: black bean chili with watermelon radish, avocado and crispy tortilla strips; fusilli with mustard green pesto; chickpea gnocchi

Bistro Campagne
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: French
Neighborhood: Lincoln Square
Menu Highlights: Baked artichoke with crab meat and cheese fondue; Rushing Waters trout with green lentil and maitake mushroom; chocolate pot-de-creme

Imperial Lamian
Course: Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Cuisine: Chinese
Neighborhood: River North
Menu Highlights: Pork and shrimp dumpling; miso soup with blossom tofu and royal trumpet mushroom; ginger beef with jasmine rice; seafood fried lamian with lobster, scallop, shrimp and mixed vegetables

La Sirena Clandestina
Course: Lunch, Dinner
Cuisine: South American
Neighborhood: Fulton Market
Menu Highlights: Feijoada (pork belly, linquica, black beans, rice, collard greens); ceviche with scallop, shrimp and aguachile; La Bomba rice (charred squash, brown butter pear, black trumpet mushroom and one-hour egg)

Shaw’s Crab House
Course: Lunch, Dinner
Cuisine: Seafood
Neighborhood: River North
Menu Highlights: Lobster roll; cup of clam chowder; Shaw’s seafood platter (Maryland style crab cake, sea scallop and garlic shrimp); mini key lime pie

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