Restaurant Review – Chicago Restaurant Week Starts March 25

It’s the ‘Christmas in July’ of restaurant celebrations….after pandemic-muted Restaurant Weeks the past two years, Chicago Restaurant Week begins a 17-day odyssey of epicurean delights this Friday, March 25. The ‘week’ runs through April 10.

As Choose Chicago notes, the 15th annual event brings together hundreds of the area’s top restaurants, representing a near-endless array of cuisines. Foodies and curious eaters will enjoy the opportunity to sample all that Chicago offers for a low prixe-fixe for multi-course meals–$25 for brunch or lunch? Or…$39 and/or $55 for dinner (excluding beverages, tax, gratuity, and delivery fees)? 

Time to celebrate!

This year, diners will continue to have the flexibility to experience Chicago Restaurant Week through dine-in or takeout/delivery options.

Several of the participating restaurants have already been reviewed by Dean’s Team Chicago. Among them are Dear Margaret, Bloom Plant-Based Kitchen, The Berghoff, and Batter & Berries, to name just a few. Now would be a very opportune time to visit and enjoy these locally-based spots specializing in French, Vegan, German and breakfast cuisine, among so many others. 

According to Choose Chicago’s FAQ, reservations are not required, but are HIGHLY recommended.

Many are going all-out to welcome guests back inside their restaurants after the pandemic. 

For example, the Argentinian steakhouse Artango, 4767 N. Lincoln Avenue. This North Center dining and dancing spot features authentic, mouthwatering  parrilla-grilled steaks, meats and seafood, teamed with a rotating line-up of pro Tango dancers, musicians, and singers in a clubby-chic setting. 

Wicker Park/Bucktown residents can enjoy Café Robey, 1600 N. Milwaukee Avenue, directed by Chef Keven McAllister, and serving up Modern American fare—boasting that “every seat is the best seat at Cafe Robey,” with double height ceilings giving way to the streetscape of Milwaukee and North Avenues. Breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner are served.

The Berghoff, at 17 W. Adams Street, features a $25 lunch and $39 dinner, serving German-American style cuisine. With traditional Berghoff dishes, contemporary American fare, seasonal menus, vegetarian and gluten-free options, the Berghoff promises “there is truly something for everyone…” including freshly-baked bread and freshly brewed beer from the Loop’s only brewery.

Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba, 2024 N. Halsted Street, features tapas, pintxos, paella & sangria in a lively Mediterranean style atmosphere. They are offering $25 Brunch and $39 Dinners during Chicago Restaurant Week.

For a complete list of restaurants and offerings for 2022’s Chicago Restaurant Week, click here.

Bon appétit….Chicago style!

Alison Moran-Powers and Dean’s Team Chicago