In a typical year, Chicago Restaurant Week would already be underway, but 2021 has been anything but average. The beloved annual event will instead shift its dates to March 19 through April 4, offering 17 belt-busting days of special prix-fixe menus at some of Chicago's best restaurants.
Here's another twist: For the first time ever, Chicago Restaurant Week will include takeout and delivery in addition to indoor and outdoor dining reservations. It's a move that accurately reflects the current status of dining in Chicago. Though restaurants have the green light to offer indoor dining, many are opting to remain closed to the public and focusing solely on carryout business.
Chicago Restaurant Week regulars will notice that menu pricing is slightly higher this year—likely an effort to further support restaurants that haven't been able to operate at full capacity in almost a year. Lunch and brunch menus are $25, while dinners will fetch $39 or $55.
Choose Chicago hasn't yet released its highly anticipated list of participating restaurants, but last year, the event included more than 400 eateries in the city and suburbs. If you're a restaurant owner who's thinking about participating this year, it's worth noting that registration and menus are due by Friday, February 12.
Stay tuned for more information on participating restaurants as well as our editor-selected picks for the best Chicago Restaurant Week deals for 2021.
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