About Chicago Restaurant Week 2013: If you are a foodie and are in Chicago this February, you're in for some good news. Chicago's annual Restaurant Week 2013 kicks off on February 1 and will last for 10 days through February 10 with over 200 restaurants offering special prix fix menus starting at about $22. This is a great bargain considering that some of Chicago's top restaurants will be showcasing their best dishes and spirits with three-course lunches and dinners. Participating restaurants will offer lunch, dinner, or both at their discretion. Chicago Restaurant Week is a member-based program designed to promote the restaurant industry and drive traffic to participating establishments during a typically slow time of year (winter in Chicago). Restaurant Week is organized by the Chicago Convention & Tourism Bureau.
How to Participate in Chicago Restaurant Week 2013: Nothing is required for participation, but according to the Chicago Convention & Tourism Bureau, it is strongly recommended that diners make reservations in advance. To find which restaurants are participating in Restaurant Week, go the City of Chicago's website and use its Chicago Restaurant Week Finder Tool or call the restaurant directly. All participating restaurants should provide diners with their special Restaurant Week Menu; if the menu is not provided upon seating, please request the special menu.
Chicago Restaurant Week 2013 Dates: February 1 - 10, 2013
Chicago Restaurant Week Prices: Over 200 Chicago restaurants participating in this year's Restaurant Week offering a set prix-fixe menu of 3 courses for $22 at lunch; $33/$44 at dinner. (Beverages, tax and gratuity are not included.) Many of the restaurants participating this year normally have entrée selections over $20, thus Restaurant Week provides an affordable opportunity to eat at some of Chicago's best restaurants. (Suggested reading: The Ultimate Chocolate Cake l Chinese New Year Traditions l How to Start a Hot Tea Habit)
Chicago Restaurant Week 2013 Participating Restaurants: Here is a list of participating restaurants, which includes links to make reservations.
Chicago Restaurant Week 2013 website: To learn more about the 5th annual Chicago Restaurant Week, visit the Chicago Restaurant Week website. (Tip: If you are a vegetarian, you can still enjoy Chicago Restaurant Week. Several vegetarian restaurants will be participating offering meat- and diary-free items. Go here to find out more information on which vegetarian restaurants are participating in Chicago Restaurant Week.