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Here's The Dish: Where to Eat In the Loop During Restaurant Week

You can find a full list of the Loop’s participating restaurants here.

Chicago’s annual Restaurant Week is upon us, with more than 250 local eateries providing lunch and dinner prix fixe menus at accessible prices.

The event will take place over 14 days and feature restaurants in every neighborhood with cuisines from all over the globe. Just here in the Loop there are 30 participating restaurants. From classic Italian fare at Vivere to American re-dux at The Gage, the transportation and commercial hub of Chicago is also home to some pretty amazing eats.

Here’s the deal: $22 for lunch menus and $33 to $44 for dinner (before drinks), though many restaurants offer cocktail and wine pairings as well. South Branch, which is known for their beer selection, even pairs a red velvet cake with a Vanilla Porter! Restaurants like The Berghoff offer gluten free choices for all courses, so those with dietary restrictions need not miss out.

Not only is Restaurant Week a wonderful way for Chicagoans to get a of broad taste of the menu at newer restaurants like Acanto, but the city-wide event is also crucial for driving business during a time of the year when most customers stay home. Last year, Open Table conducted a survey of 2012 Restaurant Week diners. 90% say they would recommend the establishments they visited during Restaurant Week and 87% said they would dine there again. Now on its eighth year, Chicago Restaurant Week has previously had an economic impact of $19.6 million dollars over the course of 10 days! Events such as this continue to promote the unique businesses throughout Chicago and in the Loop.

(Photo: State & Lake Chicago Tavern)


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