The restaurant industry has shown tremendous resilience over the past two years. Among the many culinary events that had to alter operations, Chicago Restaurant Week adjusted last year by moving from a full dining experience to more of a take-out and delivery option.
This year the event triumphantly returns for a 15th anniversary celebration. Learning from the successes of last year, the options now include the takeout and delivery options along with the full dine-in experiences. From Friday, March 25 – Sunday, April 10, 2022, diners can enjoy some of the most exciting and innovative food in the Chicagoland area with specially priced, prix fixe menus.
Chicago Restaurant Week is a project of Choose Chicago, the official sales and marketing organization responsible for promoting Chicago as a global visitor and meetings destination, leveraging the city’s unmatched assets to ensure the economic vitality of the city and its member business community.
“Chicago Restaurant Week offers residents and visitors alike a unique opportunity to experience the unparalleled culinary and cultural richness of our great city and its neighborhoods,” said Glenn Eden, Board Chair of Choose Chicago. “From Bronzeville to Chinatown and Devon Avenue, you can go on an adventurous gastronomical global tour without ever leaving the city. It is no surprise that Chicago Restaurant Week is still going strong after 15 years, and it is now more important than ever to support our local restaurants as they are a critical part of our industry and the city’s economic recovery.”
Here are some of the fascinating statistics about this year’s event:
- 343 restaurants
- 35 distinct Chicago neighborhoods represented
- 33 suburban restaurants
- 63 women, minority and/or black-owned enterprises
- 71 restaurants making their Chicago Restaurant Week debut
For 17 consecutive, dining-packed days, participating dining establishments will showcase specially curated prix fixe menus with prices set at $25 for brunch and lunch, and $39 and/or $55 for dinner (excluding beverages, tax, gratuity, and delivery).
“Chicago Restaurant Week is our city’s opportunity to celebrate the passion and vitality of our diverse restaurant community,” said Sam Toia, President and CEO of the Illinois Restaurant Association. “This year, in particular, we acknowledge the perseverance of restaurants large and small that have faced innumerable odds. Chicago Restaurant Week is a chance to help them on their paths to recovery.”
A complete list of participating restaurants and their curated menu offerings can be found here. Reservations are now open at eatitupchicago.com with additional restaurants onboarding daily. Fans are encouraged to follow @choosechicago on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and tag #ChicagoRestaurantWeek.