For the past fourteen years, Chicago Restaurant Week has celebrated the culinary feats and explorations of the city’s best and brightest restaurants. However, like most of 2021 so far, this year is anything but expected. While the event normally takes place in January, this year it was rescheduled to begin March 19 and run until April 4, 2021. Whether it’s your first year participating or your fifth, here are some things you need to know about Chicago Restaurant Week 2021.
A typical Chicago Restaurant Week would involve exclusive prix-fixe menus at some of Chicago’s most amazing restaurants, but this year, there are a few new twists. For the first time ever, the event will include takeout and delivery in addition to indoor and outdoor dining reservations to accommodate COVID-19 precautions. The multi-course meals are $25 for brunch or lunch, and $39 and/or $55 for dinner (excluding beverages, tax, gratuity, and delivery fees). Past participants may notice that menu prices have increased as well to further support restaurants that have faced challenges over the last year.
Over 250 restaurants in the Chicago and Chicagoland areas are participating this year. Whether you’re craving a cozy bowl of Ramen from Sumu Tokyo, pasta from Daisies, or New Orleans-inspired fare from Ina Mae Tavern, there are more than enough options to last you through the full experience. It’s a great way to get to know your Chicago neighborhoods, and a great way to support local businesses.
Check out the full list here, and bon appétit!