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CorinneM1 Jan 31, 2007 09:03 AM

Does Chicago have a restaurant week or dine out week like D.C or Philly? If so, does anyone know the dates of when this is going to happen for 2007?

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  1. nsxtasy RE: CorinneM1 Jan 31, 2007 09:08 AM

    In Chicago, every week is restaurant week! :)

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      CorinneM1 RE: CorinneM1 Jan 31, 2007 12:27 PM

      Lol! But you know what I am talking about though right? My friends in DC celebrated restaurant week in the summer where a variety of restaurants, many being very expensive, participate in restaurant week. Diners can get a 3 course dinner for around $30-$35, from sometimes a pre-selected menu, sometimes anything goes.

      You sound a lot more hip than I am. Have you ever heard anything like this being promoted for Chicago?

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        cavaliere RE: CorinneM1 Jan 31, 2007 12:46 PM

        Corinne:

        The closest thing I can think of would be: "Taste of Chicago" which takes place every Summer in Grant Park (outdoors). This year, it runs from June 29 to July 8, 2007. Many restaurants have stands, but it's probably not the best place to sample great Chicago restaurant food.

        Cavaliere

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          Suburban Sandy RE: CorinneM1 Jan 31, 2007 12:49 PM

          I know what you are talking about and it has been done in the past but I haven't seen anything going on like that for awhile. Keep checking OpenTable.com. They usually post something about it. There are several restaurants in the Chicagoland area that do very nice prix fixe dinners for around that price point. The best one I've found so far is Vie in Western Springs, but I'm sure that if you research it a little you can find such offerings.

          1. nsxtasy RE: CorinneM1 Jan 31, 2007 01:19 PM

            Yes, of course I was kidding.

            I don't recall a specific campaign for bargain dinners during one particular week. But, as suburban Sandy mentions, lots of places offer special prix fixe dinners for a lower price than normal. Some do so as "pre theater" dinners, including some of the best places in town (Everest, NoMi), Some other daily/weekly specials are shown in this Metromix article: http://metromix.chicagotribune.com/di...

            (Taste of Chicago is really something different, an outdoor festival with food stands and lots of people drinking beer because it's the hottest time of the summer.)

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              Suburban Sandy RE: CorinneM1 Jan 31, 2007 01:25 PM

              Taste of Chicago does rock, though. Just in a WAY different way.

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                Amata RE: CorinneM1 Jan 31, 2007 03:12 PM

                Yes, this does happen in Chicago but I don't think it's very well publicized. It's called Dine-Out Chicago and the last one was in September. It's sponsored by Pellegrino mineral water and Open Table will have information about it. Here is the national web site, if you click on the chicago link you'll see the list of restaurants.

                http://www.usadineout.com/public.aspx

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                  wak RE: CorinneM1 Jan 31, 2007 05:40 PM

                  On a more regular basis, a few restaurants have 3 course dinner specials during the week - usually Monday or Tuesday nights. Off hand, I can think of La Sardine / Le Bouchon, Le Lan (Fr/Vietnamese), Opera. Usually you pick one app, one entree, one dessert for $25-$35.

                  1. leek RE: CorinneM1 Feb 1, 2007 05:18 AM

                    Lots of Chicago places have some sort of bargain/prix fixe on weeknights - maybe only one night - or some sort of other kind of deal (discounts on wine, appetizers, desserts). Many of these (but not all) are listed in the Metromix listings (http://www.metromix.com)

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                      nsxtasy RE: leek Feb 1, 2007 07:13 AM

                      Yup, just like I already posted, above... :)

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                      jennet21 RE: CorinneM1 Feb 4, 2008 01:15 PM

                      Yup, there is and it's coming up! http://www.opentable.com/promo.aspx?p...
                      $21 and $31 3-course lunch and dinner respectively. It's new to Chicago but good restaurants are participating!

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                        Boogles04 RE: jennet21 Feb 4, 2008 01:21 PM

                        I'm excited about the upcoming restaurant week! I'm debating between 160 blue, avec, and sushi samba. Does anyone have suggestions between those three? Am I making a mistake in overlooking some of the other restaurants?

                        http://www.choosechicago.com/eatitup/...

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                          nsxtasy RE: Boogles04 Feb 4, 2008 04:57 PM

                          Well, it may depend on what kind of food you prefer - contemporary American (one sixtyblue), Mediterranean (Avec), or sushi (Sushi Samba). One sixtyblue is my favorite casual fine dining restaurant in the entire city, and I think it's spectacular in every way. It's also a lot more civilized than Avec - much more spacious, you can make a reservation, you don't have to wait forever for a table, you don't have to sit on a hard wooden bench with strangers, and I like the food much better, too. Since the price is the same with this deal, that choice is a no-brainer in my book.

                          Some of the other restaurants worth considering include Aigre Doux, Atwood Cafe, Bistro 110, David Burke's Primehouse, Fulton's, Kiki's, the Lobby, Naha, and the steakhouses.

                      2. Chew on That RE: CorinneM1 Feb 5, 2008 11:20 AM

                        I'm so excited! I think I may try out Sushi Samba!

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