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Your Chicago Restaurant Week 2022 cheat sheet

Where to eat during this year's celebration of local cuisine, whether you want to dine indoors, at home or on a boat.

Zach Long
Emma Krupp
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Zach Long
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Emma Krupp
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After some pandemic-friendly modifications last year, Chicago Restaurant Week is (mostly) back to normal this year, offering special prix fixe menus at participating spots in Chicago and the suburbs. Running from March 25 through April 10, this year's edition features plenty of locations with indoor and outdoor dining, though you can also snag takeout from some eateries. The 17-day celebration of local cuisine includes some of the best restaurants in Chicago as well as beloved neighborhood destinations. We browsed the more than 300 participating restaurants and assembled some recommendations, whether you're craving a hearty dinner, a decadent brunch or simply looking for a bargain.

Where to eat during Chicago Restaurant Week 2022

  • Restaurants
  • French
  • Lake View

This French-Canadian newcomer—which Time Out recently awarded five stars—is offering a customizable, three-course dinner menu showcasing a highlight reel of its seasonal offerings for $55. You’ll get more bang for your buck selecting some of the menu’s pricier options, like a platter of buttermilk-brined fried quail dressed in truffle slaw, or braised goat served alongside root veggies in a red wine veloute. Just make sure that hat someone at your table opts for the restaurant’s unmissable fried smelts. Tack on an order of charcuterie and cheese if you’re feeling extra hungry!

Offering indoor dining and takeout.

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Emma Krupp
Editor, Time Out Chicago
  • Restaurants
  • French
  • Rush & Division
  • price 2 of 4

Not far from the Magnificent Mile, this contemporary French bistro beckons Chicago Restaurant Week diners with a pretty great brunch deal. For $25, you can begin your day with French delicacies like terrine (pâté meatloaf) or velouté (a rich soup), followed by your choice of sweet brioche French toast or a savory croque monsieur. The meal doesn't stop there—you'll also get to choose a dessert.

Offering indoor dining, outdoor dining, takeout and delivery.

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  • Restaurants
  • Ethiopian
  • Uptown
  • price 1 of 4

You and your dinner date are in for a steal at Demera. The Uptown restaurant's $39 Chicago Restaurant Week dinner comes with an appetizer course plus a messob platter—which includes six rib-sticking dishes served atop tangy injera bread and is normally $33–$42 for two people—as well as your choice of dessert. You might be looking at smaller portion sizes for the messob (and the meat platter offers more savings than its veggie counterpart), but the additional courses make this a winning deal. 

Offering indoor dining. 

  • Restaurants
  • Peruvian
  • West Loop

The weather is getting warmer and the days are getting longer, which means rooftop dining season is almost upon us. Get a head start during Restaurant Week at Stephanie Izard’s Peruvian-inspired rooftop venture Cabra, which offers sweeping skyline views from atop the Hoxton and a four-course menu—including soy-marinated tuna tataki and chicken skewers with peanut chimichurri—plus desserts.

Offering indoor dining.

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Emma Krupp
Editor, Time Out Chicago
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  • Restaurants
  • British
  • Lincoln Park

Let Restaurant Week serve as an excuse to check out an ultra new (like, new as in it opened just a few weeks ago) restaurant in Lincoln Park, The Albion Manor. This British-inspired pub is offering a three-course lunch menu for a very sensible $25, with options ranging from London dry-cured tuna with radish salad to a smash burger loaded with ale-braised onions and Nueske's bacon; for best results, pair your meal with a pint of Fuller's London Pride cask ale on draft. 

Offering indoor dining.

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Emma Krupp
Editor, Time Out Chicago
  • Restaurants
  • Vegetarian
  • Albany Park

The Chicago Restaurant Week options for vegetarians are typically pretty limited, but Kale My Name is offering lunch ($25) and dinner ($39 or $55) menus that are packed with tasty plant-based dishes. Swing by in the afternoon for a buffalo tofu or avocado wrap with a side of cauliflower wings or fried mac and cheese balls. If you opt for dinner, you’ll enjoy your choice of an appetizer before digging into a Chicago-style burger or a hearty Southern supper. Just make sure to save room for the homemade cheesecake.

Offering indoor dining and takeout. 

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  • Restaurants
  • Spanish
  • Lincoln Park
  • price 1 of 4

If you’re hoping to graze on the plates of a few friends (and allow them to sample your food), the tapas and pintxos at Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba offer plenty of variety—and it's a pretty good deal to boot. Each person’s $39 dinner includes two pintxos, two tapas courses, dessert and a glass of red or white sangria, though you can also opt to switch out your second tapas course for an order of shareable paella (meant for two people) for an additional $8.

Offering indoor dining, outdoor dining and takeout.

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Emma Krupp
Editor, Time Out Chicago
  • Restaurants
  • Soul and southern American
  • East Garfield Park

Bring home smile-inducing, belly-warming Afro-Caribbean-soul food from this Garfield Park spot (located in the Hatchery), which is offering four-course dinners ($39) Wednesday through Saturday. Choose from dishes like spicy Creole gumbo, Jamaican jerk chicken and Caribbean salmon, plus sides like baked mac ‘n cheese or spicy greens. The most difficult decision you’ll have to make is what to have for dessert: lunchroom butter cookies or decadent double fudge cream cheese brownies.

Offering takeout.

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  • Restaurants
  • Contemporary American
  • West Loop
  • price 3 of 4

The four-course, $85 prix-fixe dinner menu at Sepia is already one of the city’s most affordable Michelin-starred dining options. Even so, why not save an extra $30 during Restaurant Week? The West Loop restaurant—which boasts one Michelin star—is serving a $55 menu, which allows guests to choose from inventive dishes like crispy soft-boiled egg and black truffle, ricotta agnolotti and pink peppercorn pavlova.

Offering indoor dining.

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Emma Krupp
Editor, Time Out Chicago
  • Restaurants
  • Bakeries
  • West Loop

Want to take part in Chicago Restaurant Week but only have an appetite for desserts? Chef Stephanie Izard’s bakery Sugargoat is offering two $25 “lunches” that are exclusively packed with sweet treats. You can get a box stuffed with each of the five cookies that Sugargoat offers (including spiced pecan brown butter or oatmeal pickled raisin cookies) or spring for a package that includes a pint of ice cream, two cupcakes and a cookie of your choice.

Offering takeout.

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Dinner on a boat: City Cruises
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Dinner on a boat: City Cruises

There's only one Chicago Restaurant Week option that allows you to enjoy a meal while floating down the Chicago River. The experience is only available on Friday and Saturday evenings (departing from 455 N Cityfront Plaza Dr), and the menu includes standard fare like broil salmon, oven roasted chicken and shrimp scampi. But if you're looking for a meal with shifting views of the city's architecture, this might be the dinner for you.

Offering indoor dining.

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Emma Krupp
Editor, Time Out Chicago
  • Restaurants
  • Mexican
  • West Elsdon

Get your fill at recently-reopened West Elsdon Mexican restaurant Solazo, which is offering brunch, lunch and two dinner menus during Chicago Restaurant Week. The $55 dinner offering is one of the heartiest we've found, allowing you to assemble a three-course meal, choosing from tamales, ceviche, queso fundido, carne asada and grilled sea bass. You'll also get some churro bites to enjoy for dessert—assuming that you can fit anything else in your stomach.

Offering indoor dining.

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  • Restaurants
  • Indian
  • Edgewater

You can't miss Mango Pickle's bright orange Edgewater storefront and you won't want to skip its Thali-style Indian dinner ($55). You'll enjoy five courses, with the ability to choose between a protein (lamb and smoked pork) or a plant-pased dish (cauliflower tempura and winter squash paturi). It's a relatively affordable way to experience the breadth of Mango Pickle's menu.

Offering indoor dining, takeout and delivery.

  • Restaurants
  • French
  • Suburbs

Willing to make the trip to Winnetka, IL? French brasserie Aboyer is participating in Chicago Restaurant Week from afar, serving a three-course dinner ($55) that includes many of its specialties. You'll build your own meal, choosing from options like escargot; pappardelle with duck confit and lamb shank; and steak frites (served with Béchamel, naturally). And you'll probably need to spring for some wine, available for an additional charge by the glass or bottle.

Offering indoor dining.

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  • Restaurants
  • Bistros
  • Lake View

You know brunch is going to be fun when the first of three courses is a cocktail. If Port and Park’s Kir Royale or beermosa doesn’t sufficiently wet your whistle, upgrade to the restaurant’s bottomless mimosa—which, at just $9, is cheaper than most regular mimosas you’ll find in Chicago—to go alongside hearty brunch options like eggs Benedict, chicken and waffles and sweet stuffed pancakes to help soak up all those mimosas pours.

Offering indoor dining and takeout.

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Emma Krupp
Editor, Time Out Chicago
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