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A Visitor's Guide to Chicago Restaurant Week

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Whether you’re a casual eater or the most ardent foodie, you’ll find something you love at Chicago Restaurant Week.  Starting January 30th and running through February 12th 2015, diners can enjoy $22 lunches and $33 or $44 dinners at 250 of Chicago's premier establishments.  Even better for visitors taking a Free Tour by Foot, many of these restaurants are right next to a tour route!  Below we highlight some of our favorites, along with a short description, address, phone number (be sure to make a reservation!), and a Restaurant Week dish we find particularly interesting (or delicious):

Participating restaurants along the Chicago Loop Walking Tour:

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312 Chicago (1)

In the heart of the loop, and near where we begin our Loop Tour, 312 Chicago offers an inviting Italian atmosphere designed around the intimate private dining clubs of 1930s Chicago. Adjacent to Kimpton’s Hotel Allegro, and offering authentic food devised by Italian-born Chef Luca Corazzina, 312 is certainly worth a stop.

Vitello Tonnato Thinly Sliced Roasted Veal, Tuna Caper Aioli, Watercress

136 N. LaSalle St.

(312) 696-2420

Ara-On (2)

Halfway through our tour, we’ll pass Ara-On, a modern sushi bar and lounge in the heart of the Financial District.  It features a beautiful dining room with tables made from 300-year-old trees as well as the self-proclaimed Longest Sushi Bar in Chicago.

Sea Bass – truffle chestnut, hon shi meji mushrooms, celery

160 W. Adams St.

(312) 781-7200

Acanto (3)

Steps from Millenium Park (where our walking tour ends), Acanto is a great meeting place for those who love Italian food and an approachable dining experience.

Red Snapper- crushed fava bean and mint confit potato with ruby grapefruit sauce

18 S. Michigan Ave.

(312) 578-0763

Adamus (4)

This vibrant (some might say hipster) bar and lounge, named after the Latin term for Diamond, is the newest restaurant in Chicago's landmark Silversmith Hotel.  Featuring hand-crafted cocktails, small bites, and lots of energy, it’s a great place to stop after our tour!

Bronzed Walleye Pike- fingerling potato hash, wilted spinach, tiny heirlooms saffron citrus emulsion

10 S. Wabash Ave.

(850) 421-9007

Participating restaurants along the Chicago Riverwalk and History Tour:

American Craft Kitchen & Bar

A regionally inspired eatery focused on seasonal foods and local, handcrafted drinks.  American Craft Kitchen, located inside Hyatt Regency Chicago (a great place to stay as well), is the perfect stop before setting out on a Riverwalk Tour.

Blackened Catfish with Mac N’ Cheese and Collard Greens

151 E. Wacker Dr.

312-565-1234 x4496

Bacino's

An Italian bistro focused on small plate Italian fare.  This casual restaurant is a great place to re-energize with thin-crust pizza after a tour.

Kale & Apple Salad, Crispy Pancetta, Candied Pecans, Maple Vinaigrette

75 E. Wacker Dr.

312-263-2350

Aria

Perfect for lunch before a tour, or dinner after one, Aria offers a contemporary twist on conventional dining with a menu of regional American cuisine prepared with local ingredients (including Garrett’s Popcorn in the featured dish below!).

Sticky Toffee Pudding- Butterscotch Ice Cream, Toffee Sauce, Garrett’s Popcorn

200 N. Columbus Dr.

(312) 444-9494

Participating restaurants along the Chicago Gold Coast Tour:

Adobo Grill

Get an authentic Mexican meal in the heart of Old Town before a tour!  Try the traditional Adobo entrees, handcrafted margaritas, delicious desserts, and don’t forget to order tableside guacamole!

Barbacoa style chicken tamal with kolito salsa, sour cream, fresco cheese

1610 N. Wells St

(312) 266-7999

Bistrot Margot

Classic bistro dining with a great wine list, excellent service, an outdoor patio, and art deco decor. This is a great way to unwind after your tour!

Duo of Chicken Liver Mousse and Country Pork Pâté, Dijon Mustard, Cornichons  

1437-39 N. Wells St.

(312) 587-3660

Bistrot Zinc

Experience authentic Parisian food in the heart of the Gold Coast.  Classic & contemporary French food is served among tile floors, tin ceilings, and a beautifully handcrafted zinc bar (a great place to grab a cocktail after a tour).

Crispy whiting “en colère” Lemon Aioli

1131 N. State St.

(312) 337-1131

 

 

About The Author

Canden Arciniega

Canden is a historian and tour guide in Washington DC with 4 published books about the city. She has written for HuffPost Travel and has been featured in the Washington Post, WTOP, and numerous other DC papers. She's also been interviewed by the BBC, NPR, Travel Channel and Discovery Family Channel. Canden is the producer of our podcast, Tour Guide Tell All With a M.A. in History from University College London and a B.A. in History from Elon University, she is an authority on D.C. history, and has led tours in the city for over 10 years. She currently resides in DC, but has also lived in London and South Korea, and has travelled to 28 countries. Her two children (both under the age of 4) have their passports and own frequent flier accounts.
Updated: September 26th, 2021
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