Chicago Restaurant Week 2009 February 20-27 Prix-fixe Dinner Menus

chicago restaurant week, logo, food, restaurants, downtown, loop, city, prix-fixe, lunch, dinnersChicago Restaurant Week is back again for 2009. This is a great winter festival type event for gourmet foodies (and the rest of us too). Chicago Restaurant Week is unique because it is an event where 42 130 local fine Chicago restaurants offer three-course prix-fixe menu lunches for $21.95 $22and three-course prix-fixe menu dinners for $31.95 $32 just during that week. (February 20-27) It works well because you go online and reserve your meal at the Chicago Convention & Tourism Site (or for Restaurant Week and then just go enjoy your reservation and experiment with some new restaurants.

UPDATE: The Chicago Restaurant Week promotion has been extended to March 6th!

Chicago Restaurant Week is a promotional time to get people out to try new restaurants with lower prices and also liven up the bitter cold winter with some great food and wine in Chicago. This type of event program is popular in other areas of the country and the  Chicago Convention & Tourism Bureau decided to launch one here in the city in 2008. It was a huge success and all the media coverage for the restaurants and the city of Chicago made it a sure thing for 2009. The restaurant list and pricing have not been released yet for the 2009 Chicago Restaurant Week but as soon as I find out I will post them here.

A full list of the 2009 participating restaurants can be found at The restaurants listed below from 2008 have returned and many more from the suburbs have been added also. One dissapointing note was that I searched for restaurants located in the loop and there were only 2 even though there were many more if you page through the listings yorself. So the search sin’t working properly. The menus are also listed online although they are burried several clicks into the site and hard to find.

This is the list of downtown loop restaurants that participated in last year’s 2008 Chicago Restaurant Week and some items they offered on their prix-fixe menus last year:

  • 17 West at the Berghoff, 17. W. Adams Street Chicago, IL Phone: 312 427-3170
  • Aigre Doux Restaurant & Bakery, 230 W. Kinzie Street Chicago, IL Phone: 312 329-9400 Lunch: Choice of Slow baked salmon with curried parsnip puree, braised endive and citrus emulsion or Butternut squash veloute with black trumpet mushrooms Dinner: Slow-baked salmon with artichoke barigoule and crispy polenta or Sweet and sour braised short rib with sweet potato puree and sautéed swiss chard.
  • Alhambra Palace, 1240 W. Randolph Street Chicago, IL Phone: 312 666-9555
  • Aria,200 N. Columbus Chicago, IL Phone: 312 444-9494 Lunch: Shrimp and chicken pad thai with thai basil, bean sprouts, peanuts and sweet citrus Dinner: Pan-seared filet of walleye pike with herb gnocchi, wilted greens, capers and brown butter-memon sauce
  • Atwood Café,1 W. Washington Chicago, IL Phone: 312 368-1900 Lunch and Dinner: Gunthorp Farms organic chicken breast with mashed sweet potatoes, brussels sprouts, bacon and chicken jus or Pan-roasted market fish with saffron risotto, swiss chard, sherry vinegar gastrique and bacon lardons or Moroccan-braised lamb shank with golden raisin and pistachio couscous, minted yogurt and baby carrots
  • Bistro 110, 110 E. Pearson, Chicago, IL Phone: 312 266-3110
  • Blue Water Grill, 520 N. Dearborn, Chicago, IL Phone: 312 777-1400 Lunch: Black Angus tataki roll with piquillo pepper, asparagus, arugala and ginger soy, Smoked potato soup with lobster croutons and braised leeks, Mesclun green salad with duck confit, roasted forelle pear and banyuls vinaigrette Dinner: Sauteed mahi mahi with lobster and shrimp dumplings, bok choy and lobster miso broth
    Bento box with spicy tuna roll, Asian soba noodle salad, Thai lobster soup and tropical fruit bubble tea
    Garlic roasted amish chicken with goat cheese potato croquette, haricot verts and chicken jus
  • Brazzaz, 539 N. Dearborn, Chicago, IL Phone: 312 595-9000
  • Buca di Beppo, 521 N. Rush, Chicago, IL Phone: 312 396-0001 Lunch and Dinner: Chicken with lemon, Chicken parmigiana, Eggplant parmigiana, Veal parmigiana, Fresh salmon with pesto, Chicken saltimbocca, Fetuccine alfredo, Fettucine supremo, Lasagna, Spaghetti with meatballs, Spaghetti marinara, Ravioli al pomodoro or Penne arrabbiata 
  • Café des Architectes, Sofitel Water Tower, 20 E. Chestnut, Chicago, IL Phone: 312 324-4063 Dinner: Lobster and mango salad with organic avocado tian, citrus cream and black caviar, Corn gnocchi with winter black truffle and cheese sabayon, Crispy duck breast with butternut squash puree, pearl onions and cardamom red wine sauce and Dark chocolate raspberry and cinnamon cake
  • Carnivale, 702 W. Fulton Market, Chicago, IL Phone: 312 850-5005Lunch or Dinner: Gunthorp Farms pork shoulder with red beans and rice and winter vegetable escabeche, Arctic char with quinoa and Meyer lemon chile broth
  • China Grill, 230 N. Michigan, Chicago, IL Phone: 312 334-6700 Lunch or Dinner: Grilled szechuan beef with sake, spicy soy, shallots and cilantro, Grilled garlic shrimp with black fettucini and red curry coconut sauce, Wok-sauteed vegetables with choice of wasabi mashed potatoes or five vegetable fried rice
  • David Burke’s Primehouse, 616 N. Rush, Chicago, IL Phone: 312 660-6000 Lunch: Prime dry-aged ribeye sandwich with smoked mozzarella, caramelized onions, wild mushrooms, tomato tapenade and herb frites or Rock shrimp pasta with cavatappi, peas, mint and sweet butter or Aged 207L marinated filet salad with arugala, maytag blue cheese, baby tomatoes, red onion and balsamic vinaigrette  Dinner: Petite southside bone-in filet with basil-whipped potatoes and tempura green beans or Baby delmonico steak with truffle asiago skins, asparagus and shallots or Bacon-wrapped shrimp benedict with a potato cake, quail eggs and chili oil tapenade
  • Devon Seafood, 39 E. Chicago, Chicago, IL Phone: 312 440-8660 Lunch: Pan-roasted chicken breast, Veggie or shrimp ravioli, Grilled salmon salad, Almond-crusted tilapia, Maryland-style crab cakes Dinner: Pan-roasted chicken breast, 6 oz. center cut filet, Veggie or shrimp ravioli, Maryland-style crab cakes, Seared George’s Bank scallops
  • Dine Crowne Plaza Chicago Metro, 733 W. Madison, Chicago, IL Phone: 312 602-2100
  • The Drawing Room at Le Passage, 937 N. Rush, Chicago, IL Phone: 312 255-0022 Dinner: Lemon risotto with mascarpone, meyer lemon and lavender gremolata or Skate with sauteed skate wing, baby arugala, roasted sunchoke, sultanas and caper emulsion or Verjus braised pork belly, shaved spicy pecans, smoked eggplant puree and apricot
  • Fogo de Chao, 661 N. LaSalle, Chicago, IL Phone: 312 932-9330 Argentinian Beef!
  • Fulton’s on the River, 315 N. LaSalle, Chicago, IL Phone: 312 822-0100
  • Kiki’s Bistro, 900 N. Franklin St Chicago, IL Phone: 312 335-5454  Lunch: Duck leg confit with green lentils, Steak frites with mâitre de beurre, Grilled salmon with hollandaise sauce or Lamb brochette with couscous and lamb jus or Duo of duck breast and duck confit with green peppercorn sauce or Poached king salmon with hollandaise sauce Dinner: Lamb brochette with couscous and lamb jus
    Duo of duck breast and duck confit with green peppercorn sauce or Poached king salmon with hollandaise sauce
  • Landmark Grill & Lounge, 1633 N. Halsted St Chicago, IL Phone: 312 587-1600 Dinner: Barbecue-glazed swan creek heirloom pork chop with white cheddar grits and sweet onion marmalade or Wood-grilled mahi mahi with braised red cabbage, Northern Spy apple and cippolini onion
  • The Lobby at The Peninsula Chicago, 108 E. Superior St Chicago, IL Phone: 312 337-2888 Dinner: Roasted organic chicken breast with wild mushrooms, brussels sprouts, bacon and chicken jus or Grilled king salmon with ricotta gnocchi, basil sauce and tomato confit
  • The Melting Pot, 609 N. Dearborn st Chicago, IL Phone: 312 573-0011
  • NAHA at 500 N. Clark Street Chicago, IL Phone: 312 321-6242  Dinner: Wild Great Lakes whitefish with a warm salad of hoop house spinach, wood-grilled bermuda onions, roasted turnips, chervil and red wine lobster sauce or Roast quail with a fondue of Anson Mills soft corn polenta, North Country slab bacon, cavolo nero greens, confit garlic, cured tomatoes and tarragon or Organic carnaroli risotto, butternut squash, hen of the woods mushrooms and wilted beet greens
  • Nick’s Fishmarket Grill at 51 S. Clark street Chicago, IL Phone: 312 621-0200
  • one sixtyblue 1400 W. Randolph street Chicago, IL Phone: 312 850.0303 Dinner: Lake Superior whitefish with suckling pig, brussels sprout, baby carrot, leek puree and red wine reduction or Hudson Valley magret duck breast with fuyu persimmon, fennel seed crust, Chicago co-op honey, manzanilla olive and licorice emulsioin or Korubuta pork tenderloin with crispy pork belly, red cabbage confit, Carolina Ruby sweet potato, Seedling apple salad and juniper berry sauce
  • Park Grill at Millennium Park 11 N. Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL Phone: 312 521-PARK Dinner: Rushing Waters rainbow trout with celery leaf salad, preserved lemon, pumpernickel croutons, crème fraiche and american caviar or Hand-cut papardelle pasta with slow-cooked rabbit ragout, parmesan and chives or Slow-cooked Berkshire pork with annatto seeds, smoked cheddar grits and caper-raisin relish
  • Phil Stefani’s 437 Rush at 437 N. Rush street Chicago, IL Phone: 312 222-0101  Dinner: homemade tortellini of ground veal with brown butter, parmigiano and sage or Grilled chicken mattone, marinated whole-grilled chicken under a brick with mixed greens and chianti vinaigrette or Grilled Lake Superior whitefish
  • Prosecco 710 N. Wells street Chicago, IL Phone: 312 951-9500 Dinner: Cavatelli pomodori pesto, housemade ricotta dumpling with tomato, pesto and goat cheese or Petto di pollo gratinato, balsamic-marinated chicken breast with grilled portabello mushroom, fresh mozzarella, dolcetta d’alba reduction and grilled asparagus or Rigatoni norcina, grooved tube of pasta with pancetta, mild sausage and light tomato cream sauce or Tilapia with Sicilian cherry tomatoes, spinach, cremini mushrooms and marinara broth or Melanzane griglia e forno, grilled and baked eggplant with fresh and smoked mozzarella and tomato sauce
  • The Pump Room 1301 N. State Street Chicago, IL Phone: 312 266-0360 Lunch menu selections: Roasted Amish chicken with boudins, cabbage, caramelized shallots and sherry chicken jus or Apple-scented risotto with roasted apples, fennel and almond emulsion or Braised beef shortrib panini with grilled red onions, whole grain mustard on potato-rosemary bread and fries or chips Dinner menu selections: Roasted Amish chicken with boudins, cabbage, caramelized shallots and sherry chicken jus or Roasted line-caught codfish with white bean cassoulet, crispy berkshire bacon and chicken-scented nage or Braised beef shortrib with carrot soubise, shitake mushrooms and braising liquid
  • Republic Pan Asian Restaurant & Lounge 58 E. Ontario Chicago, IL Phone: 312 440-1818 Dinner: Hong Kong steak, Shiro miso salmon, Fried garlic prawns, Sushi and sashimi melange Lunch menu selections: Sesame sauce with tofu, chicken, beef and shrimp, Orange sauce with tofu, chicken, beef and shrimp, Lemongrass grill of tofu, chicken, beef and shrimp, Sushi combo of tuna, salmon, yellowtail, ebi, unagi and california maki, Sushi combo of tuna, salmon, yellowtail and dragon maki
  • Riva 700 E. Grand Avenue Chicago, IL Phone: 312 644-7482 Lunch menu selections: Whitefish with haricot verts and lemon caper butter sauce or Pistachio and cheese ravioli with brown butter and sage or Lemon chicken breast with mashed potatoes and pan jus Dinner menu selections: Atlantic salmon with haricot verts and lemon caper butter sauce or Pistachio and cheese ravioli with brown butter and sage or Blue cheese-crusted sirloin with steamed broccoli and mashed potatoes
  • Roy’s Restaurant 720 N. State Street Chicago, IL Phone: 312 787-7599
  • Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse 431 N. Dearborn Street Chicago, IL Phone: 312 321-2725
  • Seasons Café, Lounge, and Restaurant Four Seasons Hotel 120 E. Delaware Chicago, IL Phone: 312 649-2349 Dinner: Plum snapper with crisp calamari winter citrus salad, roasted garlic and saffron aioli
    or Kurobuta pork shank with parmesan polenta, swiss chard and red pepper coulis
  • Seasons Restaurant participating and the Seasons Café and Lounge Chicago, IL Phone: 312-649-2349
  • Shor Restaurant at the Hyatt Regency in McCormick Place 2233 Martin Luther King Drive Chicago, IL Phone: 312 528-4140
  • Shula’s Steak House 301 E. North Water Street Chicago, IL Phone: 312 670-0788
  • Smith & Wollensky 318 N. State Street Chicago, IL Phone: 312 670-9900 Dinner: Sliced steak sandwich or Atlantic salmon or Lemon pepper chicken breast with choice of whipped potatoes, fresh cut french fries or vegetables
  • Sullivan’s Steakhouse 415 N. Dearborn Street Chicago, IL Phone: 312 527-3510 Dinner menu selections: 8oz. filet, Stuffed shrimp, Garlic lemon chicken breast
  • SUSHISAMBA rio 504 N. Wells Street Chicago, IL Phone: 312 595-2300 Lunch: Hanger steak teriyaki or Pan-seared scallops Dinner: Black bass or Kurobuta pork chop
  • Viand 155 E.Ontario Street Chicago, IL Phone: 312 255-8505 Lunch or Dinner menu: Any sandwich on menu or Any pasta on menu
  • Zest Restaurant in the Intercontinental Hotel at 505 N. Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL Phone: 312 321-8766  Dinner menu selections: Thai mint gravlox on yellow corn pancake with with mango sour cream or Cajun-crusted New York strip with horseradish-baked potato, yellow beans, bacon and homemade barbeque sauce
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  2. Derek G. says:

    Check out the Unofficial Guide to Chicago Restaurant Week at

    The search by neighborhood function works very well, and you can find participating restaurants’ special restaurant week menus by clicking on the names of individual restaurants on the “Restaurants” page.

    Not all restaurants are listed yet, as the site just recently went live, but all should be listed within the next few days.

    You can also become a fan of The Unofficial Guide to Chicago Restaurnat Week on Facebook.