Chicago Restaurant Week: Dine for $24-$48. Chicago Restaurant Week has been extended through Feb. 12, 2019 due to the Polar Vortex.
Chicago Restaurant Week returns on January 25 – February
7 12, 2019 with some deals for dining at expensive restaurants at a discount. Honestly I don’t participate anymore except to purchase discounted gift cards. No word if that deal is back in 2019. That deal is back. More details below. I just don’t find any of the dining deals compelling enough to battle the crowds. Also not everyone wants a three or four course meal, menus tend to be loaded with low cost options like chicken, cheap red meats, pasta, soups, and vege entrees. I just don’t see the value.
What is Restaurant Week
RW features three or four course prix fixe menus starting at $24 for brunch and lunch and $36 or $48 for dinner (excluding beverages, tax and gratuity).
During RW many restaurants offer items that aren’t on their regular menu so you can’t easily compare “apples-to-apples” to determine if or what kind of deal you’re getting. You can still get an idea of what you’re saving. If an average three course meal at a restaurant is $60 and the Restaurant Week deal is $48, you may be saving over 20%.
All participating restaurants should provide you with their special Restaurant Week Menu; if not ask for it.
How analyze the “deals”
- Review the regular menu to see what a non-RW meal might cost.
- The best deals are for an expensive cut of high quality beef at a discount.
- Try to avoid low cost items such as soups, vegetarian or pasta dishes which generally are not a good deal. If you want a lower cost dish you may save by ordering off the regular menu.
- Search for RW menu’s using the Restaurant Finder here (scroll down).
My “analysis” is based on three things: Is the food good? Is a comparable meal from the regular menu more than the RW price? Do I like the restaurant and usually eat there as a treat?