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Bring on the Grub: Chicago Restaurant Week has Begun!

2/17/12 | by

There’s just something about a mouth-watering meal that seems to bring out the best in all of us. So if you’re a fanatical foodie like we are, there’s no better time of the year in Chicago than the next 10 days.

Beginning today, sustenance shall reign supreme in Chicago! And we’re not talking sloppy street fare... We’re talking five star cuisine, because during restaurant week even the priciest Chicago restaurants become affordable.

Ok, so here’s the deal. It’s pretty much THE time to try that expensive restaurant you’ve always wanted to without breaking your bank on the possibility of garbage grub.

Participating restaurants will offer special prix fixe menus at fixed prices: $22 for lunch and $33 or $44 for dinner.

Now, this doesn’t include beverages, tax or gratuity, but it’s still a great deal! Think about it. Getting a three course meal at the uber tasty fine-dining restaurant Japonais for these prices is quite the bargain. Many of their entrees alone are well over $20, so this is your chance to indulge without having to drop a hundy.

This year, there’s actually over 200 restaurants participating, which is more options than ever before! When restaurant week in Chicago first began back in 2008, there were only a mere 35 restaurants participating.

The participating restaurants include just about every type of cuisine from Thai to Indian to Mexican to seafood. A few of the places we’re eyeing to hit up this week are Michael Jordan’s Steak House, Joe’s Seafood, Perennial Virant, Sepia and Sixteen.

Chicago Restaurant Week continues to become more and more popular every year, and they’re expecting this year -- the 5th annual -- to be the most successful yet.

So don’t miss your chance to try fabulous restaurants for cheap! Just be sure to make a reservation first as the best places typically fill up very fast. Word is that some restaurants are already completely booked. But cancellations do happen, so if you have a favorite, try calling back a few times throughout the week.

Chicago Restaurant Week begins today and continues until February 26.