In case you aren’t Restaurant Week’d out, there are a few more neighborhood-focused options coming up that should whet the appetite. From Andersonville to Pilsen, here’s what you need to know about these lesser-known RW outings in Chicago.
Andersonville Restaurant Week
One of the main issues with an event as massive and widespread as Chicago Restaurant Week is that the dizzying array of options makes it hard to get a legit taste of a specific neighborhood. Thanks to focused promotions like Andersonville Restaurant Week, that all changes, and the spotlight shines brighter on boutique spots deserving of attention as both a local stalwart and a destination.
In its fourth year, Andersonville Restaurant Week continues to grow, with new prix fixe options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, like Oda Mediterranean Cuisine, Gadabout, and Uvae Kitchen & Wine Bar, while returning faves include Big Jones, Octavio Cantina & Kitchen, Svea, and Anteprima. Some specific menu items to look for: grilled and skewered Georgian cheese bread at Oda, Key lime pops at Gadabout, fried chicken at Big Jones, and red curry ribs at Replay Andersonville. Additionally, the Swedish American Museum is hosting Semlor Cafe on February 25, serving Lenten buns, followed by a special herring breakfast on March 1.
Details: Andersonville Restaurant Week runs February 21–March 1; more details here
Pilsen Gourmet & Pilsen Restaurant Week
Brand-new this year is the first Restaurant Week dedicated to the Pilsen dining mecca just southwest of downtown. In recent years, the neighborhood has emerged as one of the city’s most exciting dining destinations, thanks to sizzling hot spots like HaiSous, S.K.Y., Pleasant House Bakery, and Punch House, alongside established standbys Kristoffer’s, Honky Tonk BBQ, and Carnitas Don Pedro. This year, the folks behind Pilsen fest turn their attention to the food scene, starting with Pilsen Gourmet on February 29, which will highlight Latino chefs and more than 20 restaurants with a special tasting event at 1647 Blue Island Avenue, 5–10 p.m., complete with live music, a silent auction, culinary demos, local breweries, and more. Confirmed restaurants providing food samples include La Luna, Canton Regio, Yvolina’s, Paulette’s Public Market, and Taqueria Sabor Y Sazon.
This is followed by Pilsen Restaurant Week, March 1–7, with more than 20 local restaurants offering special prix fixe menus. Participating restaurants will be announced soon, but the focus here will be on hyper-local dishes and flavors that really exemplify the neighborhood’s history and its Latino roots especially.
Details: Pilsen Gourmet takes place February 29, followed by Pilsen Restaurant Week March 1–7; more details here
Rosemont Restaurant Week
In the near northwestern suburbs by O’Hare, another Restaurant Week is back in action. Designed to showcase the fact that destination-worthy dining isn’t confined to city limits, Rosemont Restaurant Week features numerous prix fixe lunch and dinner menus at such lauded restaurants as the Ashburn, Carlucci, Bub City, Adobe Gila’s, Gene & Georgetti, Liberty Tavern, Myrick’s, and Park Tavern.
Details: Rosemont Restaurant Week runs March 1–7; more details here