Chicago Chef Week, a culinary celebration on par with Restaurant Week, kicks off on April 19 with prix fixe pricing ($22 lunch, $44 dinner) at some of the city’s best restaurants. Wondering where to eat for Chicago Chef Week next week? Michigan Avenue Magazine picks out their three faves: Sepia, The Dawson, A10 Hyde Park, and Tanta Chicago! Where are you dining next week for#chefweek? In Chicago, there is Chicago Restaurant Week and then there is Chicago Chef Week. What’s the difference?
While the former is city sanctioned and also run by the city to organize as many local restaurants–and chains into the mix–Chicago Chef Week was created by local restaurateurs to spotlight the city’s top chef-driven destinations. In its sixth year, Chicago Chef Week offers diners affordable, prix-fixe menus during lunch ($22) and dinner ($44).You’ll have the option of three-course meals for lunch and four courses for dinner (please note that some restaurants are only offering dinner deals). A number of award-winning and hard-to-get-into restaurants are on the list, including the likes of The Dawson, Fig & Olive, GT Fish & Oyster and Tanta.
Read the entire list of participants right here. The event runs April 19-24 and reservations are highly recommended.
More than 85 locations are participating in the week (through April 24), and the group is a blend of established eateries and new hotspots. The CLICK HERE TO SORT OPTIONS by neighborhood (River North, West Side, Loop, North Side, South Side and Suburbs), or you can give the restaurant-roulette wheel a spin and scroll down the complete list.
Maybe you’ll finally try Avec, where the prix fixe dinner will include those chorizo-stuffed dates you’ve heard so much about. Or, now that the weather’s nice, you can bike to Berwyn’s Autre Monde Café for their “Med Tour” dinner, a celebration of Mediterranean cuisine. Or how about visiting former Top Chef-testant Carlos Gaytan at Mexique?
Chicago Chef Week has also partnered with Parche to further sweeten the deal with free valet parking (see CCW website for details). And, for one lucky diner, Chef Week will last a whole year in the “Chicago Chef Week Dinner for a Year” giveaway where one winner will be randomly chosen to receive fifty-two $50 gift cards from participating restaurants. Think of all the dates you can go on! (Yes, you can totally date yourself.)