It’s Restaurant Week! Do You Have Reservations Yet?

Chef Jose Garces preparing octopus at Chicago Gourmet

Mercat's Chef Jose Garces preparing octopus at Chicago Gourmet -- and he's put something together for Restaurant Week too. Go see if it's squid!

Now is the time to line up your reservations for Chicago Restaurant Week (which runs February 19-28) if you haven’t already. Use it as an opportunity to try places you’ve never been to, or as an excuse to visit a different neighborhood in the middle of the week for lunch!

We recommend making the most of the discount meal prices by going to high-end places, maybe ones you’d usually save for special occasions.  That’s because a $32 dinner deal at Connie’s Pizza doesn’t strike us as much of a bargain, but a three-course meal at that price is a steal at some of the other places on the list.

To help you eat well this over the next nine days, I’ve compiled a list of some of our favorites for you to consider.  Click on the restaurant name to read and listen to our complete review. Then make those reservations.  Happy dining!

Crofton on Wells — This Chicago restaurant has staying power and that’s saying something.

535 N Wells St
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 755-1790 | Make Reservations
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The Gage — From the starters clear through to dessert, The Gage cranks out good food.  It has a swanky bar interior with a menu that’s a cut above.

24 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60603
(312) 372-4243 | Make Reservations
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Mercat a la Planxa — You can’t go wrong with Jose Garces’ squid, and we think you should go and get some!

638 Michagan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605
(312) 765-0524 | Make Reservations
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Piccolo Sogno — Chef Tony Priolo turns out memorable Italian dishes sure to leave a tasty impression.

464 N Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60642
(312) 421-0077 | Make Reservations
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Province — The dishes here are pleasing to the eye and the taste buds, and last year its Restaurant Week offering was the best we tried.

161 N Jefferson St
Chicago, IL 60661-2301
(312) 669-9900 | Make Reservations
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Zealous — Having just reviewed this place it’s the freshest in my mind.  At this very moment I’m craving mango and fois gras.

419 W Superior St
Chicago, IL
(312) 475-9112 | Make Reservations
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