Eat up. January into February is a time to enjoy comfort food. It’s also a somewhat down-time in Midwest restaurants when people stay in because of freezing temps or have flown south. So, Chicago area restaurants are encouraging dining out excursions with price breaks during Chicago Restaurant Week, Jan. 25-Feb. 7, 2019
Even the airport restaurants have gotten the message to give travelers a food price break.
Single-owned to chains are among the nearly 400 restaurants listed on Choose Chicago’s Restaurant Week site.
Restaurants range from Aba, a Mediterranean steak house in the west loop and BOKA in Lincoln Park to The Signature Room on the Mag Mile. Wildfire in the north and west suburbs and ZED451, a Brazilian steakhouse in River North. Cuisine ranges from African, American and Asian to Brazilian, Italian and more.
To find out who, what and where visit Chicago Restaurant Week.
Started at O’Hare in 2015, Airport Restaurant Week (ARW) will return to O’Hare and Midway International Airports to coincide with the Chicago dates, according to the Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA).
Free samples of Chicago’s world-class cuisine and special menus created by several award winning airport restaurants will be available to ticketed passengers flying through O’Hare and Midway, noted CDA officials.
“We are thrilled to partner with the City’s best chefs, dining establishments and our airport partners to offer O’Hare and Midway travelers a taste of Chicago during Airport Restaurant Week,” said CDA Commissioner Jamie L. Rhee. “Every year, we host this special event in tandem with Chicago Restaurant Week, so that passengers can experience the best food options and some of the city’s finest culinary options without ever having to leave the airports.”
The following restaurants and food stands are some of the places participating in ARW at O’Hare: America’s Dog, Auntie Anne’s, Berghoff Café, Billy Goat Tavern, Burrito Beach, Garrett Popcorn Shops, O’Brien’s Restaurant & Bar, Nuts on Clark, Reggio’s Pizza, Summer House Santa Monica, Rick Bayless’ Tortas Frontera and Vosges Haut-Chocolat.
Midway passengers should check out demonstrations from concessionaires such as Arami Sushi, Big & little’s, Big Shoulders, DeColores, Home Run Inn Pizza and Nuts on Clark.
Aside from food samples, there will also be giveaways including oven mitts, bamboo cutting boards, chip clips and recipe books while supplies last.
Both airports are adding new venders including Burger Federation at O’Hare’s Tterminal 3 and Big Shoulders Coffee at Midway.