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10 New Restaurants to Try During Chicago Restaurant Week

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Chicago Restaurant Week is a great excuse to stop by your favorite neighborhood spot, but don’t miss the opportunity to try something new. Out of the more than 390 restaurants opening their doors for Chicago Restaurant Week, more than 100 are participating for the very first time.

That’s a lot of new spots and only two weeks to try them. To help narrow it down, we’ve picked out ten Restaurant Week newcomers that might just become your new go-to spot.

Ina Mae Tavern & Packaged Goods

Ina Mae’s Tavern & Packaged Goods brings a hearty dose of New Orleans to the heart of Wicker Park. During their inaugural Restaurant Week, you can indulge in crab-stuffed shrimp, eggplant Orleans, blackened catfish with tasso and shrimp sauce and NOLA spaghetti with andouille, crawfish and crab meat. The toughest part? Having to choose between praline cheesecake and warm beignets for dessert.

Price: 3-course dinner: $36/person
Address: 1415 N. Wood St.
Phone: (773) 360-8320
Hours: Dinner Monday – Friday, 5 p.m. – 10 p.m., Saturday, 4:30 p.m. – 11 p.m., Sunday, 4:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.
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Funkenhausen

What was once a former warehouse on Chicago Avenue is now home to Funkenhausen, West Town’s newest addition that’s dishing out German-inspired food with a side of Southern hospitality. Their Restaurant Week dinner menu kicks things off with charred broccolini topped with buttermilk dressing then lets you choose between pork schnitzel and ruby trout with sauce gribiche and charred lemon — finishing up with their black forest doughnut with brandied cherries for dessert. Grab a stein (or wine) and get ready to dine.

Price: 3-course dinner: $36/person
Address: 1709 W. Chicago Ave.
Phone: (312) 929-4727
Hours: Sunday – Thursday, 5 p.m. – 10 p.m., Friday – Saturday, 5 p.m. – 11 p.m
Reservations

Dutch & Doc’s
Dutch & Doc's interior
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Brunch with a side of ballpark at Dutch & Doc’s, a Lakeview restaurant with sweeping views of Wrigley Field. For brunch, you can enjoy a cocktail (or mocktail), breakfast pastries for the table and an entree. If dining under the glow of the Wrigley’s marquee at night is more your speed, the three-course dinner with options like roast chicken with shaved root vegetables, crispy skin bass and orecchiette with parmesan ragu should definitely hit the spot.

Price: 3-course brunch: $24/person, 3-course dinner: $36/person
Address: 3600 N. Clark St.
Phone: (773) 360-0207
Hours: Closed Monday & Tuesday, Wednesday – Thursday,  5 p.m. – 9 p.m., Saturday brunch 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., mid-day 2 p.m. – 5 p.m., dinner 5 p.m. -10 p.m., Sunday brunch 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., mid-day 2 p.m. –  5 p.m., dinner 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Reservations

Le Sud
Le Sud
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Le Sud, a cozy neighborhood restaurant in Roscoe Village, brings the culinary traditions of Southern France to Chicago. For restaurant week, Le Sud is offering a three-course menu with four different options for both appetizers and entrees, and three choices for dessert. With dishes like roasted brussels with brown butter and sweet potato puree, pan-roasted duck breast with lavender-honey glaze, steak frites with sorrel butter and chocolate and orange mousse, you truly can’t go wrong.

Price: 3-course dinner: $36
Address: 2301 W. Roscoe St.
Phone: (773) 857-1985
Hours: Monday – Thursday, 5 p.m. – 10 p.m., Friday – Saturday, 5 p.m. – 11 p.m., Sunday 4 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Reservations

Bellemore
Bellemore
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Described as “artistic american,” Bellemore is one of the newest spots on Randolph Street in the West Loop. For lunch, Bellemore is offering a three-course menu featuring dishes like carrot toast with smoked tofu, sweet potato tots with parmesan aioli and and a ‘Fire-Bird’ chicken sandwich with fried-onion ranch. For the four-course dinner, diners can choose from a port-poached pear salad, venison tartare and porcini rigatoni with mushroom bolognese, to name a few. Be sure to save room for the triple chocolate mousse cake — it’s served with streusel and candied butternut squash.

Price: 3-course lunch: $24/person, 4-course dinner: $48/person
Address: 564 W. Randolph
Phone: (312) 667-0104
Hours: Lunch Monday – Friday, 11 a.m – 2 p.m., dinner Monday – Thursday, 5 p.m. – 10 p.m., Friday – Saturday, 4:30 p.m. – 11 p.m., Sunday, 4 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Reservations

ERIS Brewery & Cider House
ERIS Brewery & Cider
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Irving Park’s new ERIS Brewery & Cider House has something for everyone during Restaurant Week. For brunch, enjoy their Waffle of Chaos, a savory Belgian waffle with bacon, avocado and sriracha maple syrup. Lunch and dinner menus include another whirlwind of options, like maize-coated fried pickles, vegan cobb salad, chorizo crusted pork chop and apple cinnamon crème brûlée. Just be sure to ask about the house-made cider and beer pairings to wash it all down.

Price: 3-course lunch and brunch: $24/person, 3-and-4-course dinner: $36 & $48/person
Address: 4240 W. Irving Park Rd.
Phone: (773) 943-6200
Hours: Monday – Saturday, : 4 p.m. – 11 p.m., Sunday 4 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Reservations

Aba
Aba interior
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Photo by  Jeff Marini

The Restaurant Week menu at this West Loop hotspot gives you a generous taste of their Mediterranean-inspired menu. Start your meal with a glass of red or white wine, before choosing from a wide selections of spreads and mezze — including whipped feta with crushed pistachio, green falafel with avocado tzatziki and beef carpaccio with yuzu-soy — along with one larger plate of various kebabs and slow-cooked meats. Finish it all off with your choice of dessert like the Turkish coffee kulfi, a frozen dairy dessert popular in India.

Price: 4-course dinner: $48/person
Address: 302 N. Green St., 3rd Floor
Phone: (773) 645-1400
Hours: Monday – Saturday, : 4 p.m. – 11 p.m., Sunday 4 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Reservations

Bixi
Food at Bixi Beer
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The opening of Bixi Beer in Logan Square marked the arrival of Chicago’s first ever Asian-inspired brewpub. For their first Restaurant Week, Bixi is offering a lunch and brunch option and dinner menu, all a hybrid of flavors from across Asia, with additional beer pairings for each. Take your pick of shrimp summer rolls, Thai fried rice, bao burgers, pork belly adobo and much more. Rejoice, dessert lovers — their cookie plate features a Matcha macroon, dark chocolate chili pocky and an almond cookie.

Price: 3-course lunch and brunch: $24/person, 3-course dinner: $36/person
Address: 2515 N. Milwaukee
Phone: (773) 904-7361
Hours: Monday – Friday, 11 a.m. – 12 a.m., Saturday – Sunday 10 a.m. – 12 a.m.
Reservations

Monnie Burke’s
Bar at Monnie Burkes
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Monnie Burke’s, a family-owned restaurant in the heart of Pilsen, is joining Restaurant Week for the first time this year. Their 3-course dinner menu showcases their modern American cuisine, with dishes like wild mushroom bisque with focaccia herb croutons, roast Berkshire pork loin with spiced acorn squash puree and wild rice, and apricot compote and cinnamon apple and pear crisp with vanilla bean gelato. As a nightcap, set up shop in their cozy, dim-lit bar and enjoy their menu of custom craft cocktails.

Price: 3-course dinner: $48/person
Address: 1163 W. 18th St.
Phone: (312) 243-2410
Hours: Monday, 4 p.m. – 9 p.m., Tuesday – Thursday, 4 p.m. – 10 p.m., Friday 4 p.m. -11 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. – 11 p.m., Sunday, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
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Pacific Standard Time
Pacific Standard Time
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It may feel like winter outside, but it’s always summer inside the California-chic Pacific Standard Time. The River North restaurant brings the warmth of the West Coast with the decor and menu. During their first ever Restaurant Week, guests can try wood-roasted carrot soup, duck confit banh mi, or honeycrisp apple salad for lunch, and tempura fried rockfish or half heritage chicken with curry and confit potato for dinner.

Price: 3-course lunch: $24/person, 4-course dinner: $48/person
Address: 141 W Erie St.
Phone: (312) 736-1778
Hours: Lunch: Monday – Friday, 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Sunday brunch, 10 a.m. – 2p.m., Dinner: Sunday – Thursday, 5 p.m. – 10 p.m., Friday – Saturday, 5 p.m. – 11 p.m.
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