8 Great Places To Grub During Chicago Chef Week

  • 01 of 09

    Best Bets for Chicago Chef Week

    dos Urban Cantina

    In Brief: Local chefs’ annual celebration of their rich culinary scene takes place at restaurants downtown, in local neighborhoods and in the suburbs. 

    When: April 17-22

    Where: All over Chicagoland

    How Much: Participating restaurants will offer a set four-course dinner menu for $44 (not including beverage, tax, gratuity) and, if applicable, a set three-course lunch menu for $22. 

    What: Chicago Chef Week showcases some of the city's most outstanding culinary talent by allowing customers to dine at affordable prices. The best part about the week-long event is that it's never the same; new restaurants sign on each year. The caliber of restaurants on board is second to none, with some of the city's hottest involved.

    The official site for Chicago Chef Week includes the entire list of participants. On the following slides you'll find our list for eight best bets for Chicago Chef Week. 

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  • 02 of 09

    Best Bets for Chicago Chef Week: The Betty

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    B. Hospitality Co.

    The Chef: Rachel Dow

    The Scene: Dark and alluring, The Betty is a nice addition to Chicago's thriving cocktail lounge scene. Many retro accents, including vintage books, a reclaimed player piano and classic records, give it an authentic 1960s vibe. The elegant small plates menu takes a fresh, seasonal approach with plenty of seafood and vegetarian options. And the unconventional cocktail list plays up its coolness, with offerings such as a Maximillion of tequila, ancho chile liqueur, hibiscus syrup, lime, mole bitters and sparkling wine.

    What To Expect: A four-course dinner menu for $44

    Neighborhood: Fulton Market District/West Loop

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  • 03 of 09

    Best Bets for Chicago Chef Week: Blackbird

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    One Off Hospitality

    The Chef: Ryan Pfeiffer

    The Scene: Restaurateur/executive chef Paul Kahan made Blackbird a Chicago culinary fixture with his seasonal menu and austere, yet serene dining room. It's been open since 1999, yet it maintains an edge against competition year after year. Its stark white setting plays beautifully in unison with the colorful, glamorous crowd settling in every night, but rest assured. Blackbird is no club. It's a destination. With great food.

    What To Expect: A three-course lunch menu for $22; four-course dinner menu for $44

    Neighborhood: West Loop

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  • 04 of 09

    Best Bets for Chicago Chef Week: Community Tavern

    Community Tavern

    The Chef: Joey Beato

    The Scene: Not everyone wants to hit the downtown dining scene for a big night out, and the owner, partners and committed staff behind Community Tavern wanted to give them everything they wanted in a neighborhood destination. Great food. Unpretentious crowds. And, of course, warm and homey service. The steakhouse concept is a standout with a number of locally sourced ingredients,  cheddar bacon muffins, a foie gras BLT and more. 

    What To Expect: A four-course dinner menu for $44

    Neighborhood: Portage Park

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  • 05 of 09

    Best Bets for Chicago Chef Week: dos urban Cantina

    dos Urban Cantina

    The Chef(s): Brian Enyart and Jennifer Jones Enyart

    The Scene: The Enyarts met and married during their successful tenures at Rick Bayless' Frontera Grill and Topolobampo, respectively. And with their first venture, situated along the up-and-coming dining strip on Armitage Avenue in Logan Square, they showcase their skills in upscale Mexican fare. Prices are tempered at dos urban Cantina for neighborhood crowds, and the menu ranges from share-able small plates to larger offerings. Jennifer's delicate desserts, for the most part, are not what you'd expect at a Mexican establishment. While you'll find beautiful renditions of flan, plantains and coconut tres leches on the menu, it's the ultra-moist chocolate cake that's destined to become her signature sweet.

    What To Expect: A four-course dinner menu for $44

    Neighborhood: Logan Square

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  • 06 of 09

    Best Bets for Chicago Chef Week: GT Fish and Oyster

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    Boka Restaurant Group

    The Chef: Giuseppe Tentori

    The Scene: This fashionable fishhouse delivers on its promise of superior food and drink choices. The most coveted seats in the house are at the raw bar, where guests may indulge in freshly shucked oysters. Other obsessions at GT Fish & Oyster include mussels, the oyster Po'Boy, a lobster roll and ever-changing pasta dishes.

    What To Expect: A three-course lunch menu for $22; four-course dinner menu for $44

    Neighborhood: River North

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  • 07 of 09

    Best Bets for Chicago Chef Week: Momotaro

    Boka Restaurant Group

    The Chef: Mark Hellyar

    The Scene: To allow guests to get an authentic experience of how they've updated traditional Japanese fare, the chefs at Momotaro feature small plates that are broken down into six sections (snacks, cold and warm appetizers, rice and noodles, salads and soup, from the coals and grilled skewers). They also specialize in fish selections that you'll likely not find anywhere else in the states. The bottom floor of Momotaro is an izakaya, serving cocktails, Japanese whiskey and sake, as well as a limited menu. It's accessible through the restaurant as well as from a separate outside door.

    What To Expect: A four-course dinner menu for $44

    Neighborhood: West Loop

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  • 08 of 09

    Best Bets for Chicago Chef Week: RPM Steak

    RPM Steak

    The Chef: Doug Psaltis

    The Scene: A celebrity magnet, RPM Steak showcases a dazzling, glamorous dining room where you can see what's going on in every corner of the room. In its first two years of operation, its claim to fame are the juicy, grass-fed steaks and bison--plus table service harking back to the golden age. The wine list goes deep and is comprehensive, plus there is a cocktail menu full of the classics.

    What To Expect: A three-course lunch menu for $22; four-course dinner menu for $44

    Neighborhood: River North

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  • 09 of 09

    Best Bets for Chicago Chef Week: Tanta

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    Tanta Chicago

    The Chef: Jesus Delgado

    The Scene: Specializing in fine Peruvian cuisine and pisco cocktails, Tanta is owned by famed Peruvian chef Gaston Acurio. It is sleek, upscale and draws in a fashionable crowd. In addition to street food-inspired cuisine, ceviche and specialty Peruvian dishes, the restaurant offers a unique pisco spirit program.

    What To Expect: A four-course dinner menu for $44

    Neighborhood: River North