Attention all foodies! Chicago Restaurant Week starts taking reservations today. The sixth annual event starts Feb. 1 and ends Feb. 10, with 250 restaurants participating this year.
The event, coordinated by Choose Chicago (formerly the Chicago Convention and Tourism Bureau), gives diners a chance to try out Chicago-area restaurants at discounted prices. Prix fixe meals run $22 for lunch and either $33 or $44 for dinner. Prices don’t include drinks, taxes or tip.
Foodies who can’t wait a few weeks to try out the restaurant week menus can get a preview on Jan. 24 during the First Bites Bash. The event in Union Station’s Great Hall will offer tasting portions from more than 50 of Chicago Restaurant Week participants. “First in line” tickets are sold out, but general-admission spots are still available at $95.
The charity event is hosted by Dirk Flanigan, executive chef for The Gage and Henri, and will benefit the Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation.