Here’s Your Lunch Deal of the Week – Cherry Circle Room | The Loop, Chicago

Cherry Circle Room Chicago Wild Sausage Sandwich

Step back in time to a private old school club with rich leather booths, wood paneling, and an air of exclusivity at the Cherry Circle Room in the renovated Chicago Athletic Club Association Hotel. Pickelhaube helmets, framed crest banners and rabbits with swords and shields on the dinnerware lend an air of military/secret society mystery.

The best way to get a delicious meal at a fraction of the regular cost is during Restaurant Week – through Thursday, February 4th. The 3-course $22 lunch menu is a bargain, the lunches below come in at $43 and about $37 ordered a la cart any other time.

Cherry Circle Room Chicago Chicory Salad

Cherry Circle Room Chicago Chicory Salad

Drawing inspiration from the Chicago Athletic Club menus as far back as 1890 yet keeping with seasonal ingredients, Cherry Circle Room serves Continue reading

You Should Check Out Blackbird for Chicago Restaurant Week – #CRW

Blackbird Chicago Dining Room

Blackbird Chicago Dining Room

Minimalist in design with a nice play between steel, wood and glass in this intimate restaurant. Having a Michelin star and winning many a James Beard Foundation awards does not make a cheap meal this is why I suggest the prix fixe lunch menu and this week the Restaurant Week menu for $22.

Excellent service with immediate seating, jackets taken off our hands, hook for my purse and amuse bouche delivered to the table. The celery root soup has a wonderful heartiness complements of the charred endive, a velvety crème fraîche and a dash of sweetness from the grapes and hint of tart from the sprinkling of sumac. Continue reading

Have You Made Your Chicago Restaurant Week Reservations? #CRW

Chicago Restaurant Week 2015

Chicago Restaurant Week 2015

There are over 30 new restaurants this year including Fig & Olive serving prix fixe menus starting at $22 for lunch and $33 and/or $44 for dinner. You’ll have to act fast as places like Moto have already sold out.

Choose Chicago has a restaurant finder listing all participating restaurants with cuisine, neighborhood and menus (including information on vegetarian, vegan, gluten free and kosher options).

Bon Appétit!

Chicago Restaurant Week 2014 – Sepia – West Loop

Sepia Pumpkin & Coconut Tart

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After entering the huge wood door the decor takes on its namesake with rich brown tones throughout the space. A beautiful antique camera greets you upon entering the bar and it’s hard to resist the urge to touch it.

Sepia Camera

There is a small sitting area by the bar to wait for your table which is much more convenient than trying to pack in by the bar. The dining room opens up to a large room with giant chandeliers covered in sheer black lamp shades, glossy cream/brown tiled columns, and deep brown tables with soft fabric chairs contrasted against the dark metal doors and exposed brick. Continue reading

Chicago Restaurant Week @TortoiseClub – River North

Tortoise Club Dining Room 1

“Comfortable clubhouse and a lively lounge” perfectly sums up Tortoise Club in River North. Tortoise Club is about a year old but feels like your grandparents old school club in a good way because you have all of the fancy schmancy and none of the stuffiness, the vibe is upbeat and fun. Plaid wallpaper covers the walls, old men with beards in paintings, white table cloths, proper service, live jazz band and beautiful Red Room and Library for private events.


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Rich classic comfort food dominates the menu and on cold winter night it’s just what you need. The specialty cocktails are well made, I recommend Continue reading

Chicago Restaurant Week – Resevations Open!

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Chicago Restaurant Week – January 24 – February 6

The restaurants participating in the 2014 Chicago Restaurant Week were announced yesterday and online reservations are open! It’s a great list so good luck making a choice.

All menus are prix fixe and start at $22 for lunch and either $33 or $44 for dinner. This a great way to eat at some of the more expensive restaurants for less during this week.

There is a handy Chicago Restaurant Finder on with information on cuisine, neighborhood, menus and links to make reservations.  Go now because tables will go fast.

My reservations (so far…):

Lunch at GT Fish & Oyster – Lobster Roll, enough said.

Dinner at Sepia – Menu coming soon but you can have fun checking out the remix of “God Bless the Child” on their website.

Dinner at Summer House Santa Monica – First dessert choice is Chocolate with Chocolate, sold.

Dinner at Tortoise Club – Hand-Cut NY Strip Steak Tartare, Turtle Sundae…

Chicago Restaurant Week – Choose Chicago.

Chicago Restaurant Week Starts Feb 1st!

Chicago Restaurant Week 2013

It’s that time again; Chicago Restaurant Week kicks off on February 1st and will run through February 10th. You don’t have to join anything just-show up, however, reservations are strongly recommended, as this is a very popular week. The prix fixe menus start at $22 for lunch and $33/$44 for dinner.

Here is a handy dandy restaurant finder to help you navigate the over 250 restaurants that are participating – Click here.

Eat up, Chicago!

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5th Annual Chicago Restaurant Week – February 17-26, 2012

The 5th annual Chicago Restaurant Week participants have been announced. This is your chance to take advantage of the special prix fixe menus starting at $22 for lunch and $33/$44 for dinner from some of the best Chicago restaurants.

Make your reservations sooner than later to snag a spot! You can find participating restaurants and more information in the link below.

Some on my wish list: Blackbird, Bistro Campagne, The Bedford, The Bristol, Deca Restaurant and Bar, Gemini Bistro, GT Fish & Oyster, Hearty Restaurant, Mercat A La Planxa, Mirai Sushi, Nightwood, NoMI Saigon Sisters, Sepia, Spiaggia and Café Spiaggia, Terzo Piano, and Wildfire.

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