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Nico Osteria is participating in Chicago Chef Week.
Photograph: Martha WilliamsNico Osteria is participating in Chicago Chef Week.

It's Chicago Chef Week! Here's where to eat

Amy Cavanaugh
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Amy Cavanaugh

Chicago Chef Week runs through Friday, with $22 three-course lunches and $44 four-course dinners. All of the participating spots are chef-driven, so this is a chance to try some of Chicago's best restaurants for less (especially since this week is supposed to be pretty dreary). There are dozens of options, but here are a few picks.

In Hyde Park, A10 is serving up a dinner menu of specials for the week, including a fried egg with asparagus pesto, gem lettuce salad with crispy pig ear and spring pea gemelli with chevre and mortadella.

Nico Osteria runs a $25 lunch special that focuses on regional specialties, but during Chef Week, the price is knocked down to $22. 

The Boarding House chef Tanya Baker is a finalist for the James Beard Award for Rising Star Chef of the Year, and you can try her food for less with the $44 dinner menu. Options include trout with artichokes and olive tapenade and a half chicken with piquillo puree.

GT Fish & Oyster always offers a good deal during special weeks like this. Get a seared tuna salad, oyster po' boy and key lime pie for $22, a $5 savings off the regular price.

Osteria Langhe, the Logan Square Italian restaurant, is serving up a dinner menu with fettuccine with pork and mushrooms, halibut with harissa yogurt and a chocolate terrine for dessert.

Salero, the great new Spanish restaurant in the West Loop, is participating in Chicago Chef Week for both lunch and dinner. Try the insanely good confit potato dish and be sure to get the blood orange flan for dessert.

Get a taste of newcomer Formento's for lunch or dinner—the menus include a wedge salad, garlic sausage with polenta and spumoni.

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