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Restaurant Week could offer much-needed boon to struggling Loop restaurants

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | Feb. 25, 2021

CHICAGO—The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on businesses throughout the city for the past year, and the Loop has been particularly hard-hit as office workers and tourists continue to stay home. Restaurant operators and downtown leaders are hopeful that Choose Chicago’s Restaurant Week, March 19-April 4, will offer a much-needed boon to struggling Loop establishments.

“Restaurant Week offers the perfect opportunity to take a moment and remember your favorite Loop lunch spot, or your favorite place to grab dinner before a show, or the restaurant you’d always recommend for happy hour,” said Chicago Loop Alliance President and CEO Michael Edwards. “We’ve been collecting data on a monthly basis, and the numbers are still pretty grim. Pedestrian activity on State Street in the Loop is down by about 70 percent compared to last year. The Loop’s storefront economy cannot be supported by residents alone. This area is set up to serve 370,000 workers, many of whom have been working from home for the past year to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. But if we want our favorite spots to be here on the other side of this pandemic, we need to support them now however we can.”

Chicago Restaurant Week has become a staple in the city, but many have wondered how it might adapt to the unique challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. This year, in addition to dine-in menus for restaurants with indoor and outdoor service, you'll be able to order takeout and delivery from special prix fixe menus. These menus are set at $25 for brunch and lunch, and $39 and/or $55 for dinner (excluding beverages, tax, and gratuity).

Chicago Loop Alliance has created an online resource featuring Loop restaurants participating in Restaurant Week. Check out the listings below for highlights.

The Dearborn

The Dearborn has been closed throughout winter but will reopen on March 10 to serve their American cuisine. They’ll offer $25 lunch and $55 dinner menus for indoor dining and takeout.

Emerald Loop Bar and Grill

The menu for this Irish bar and grill is coming soon. They’ll offer indoor and outdoor dining, as well as takeout and delivery.

Fisk & Co.

Seafood restaurant Fisk & Co. will offer a $39 dinner menu for indoor dining only.

Francois Frankie

Francois Frankie, specializing in American cuisine, will have a $25 lunch option for outdoor dining, takeout and delivery.

Italian Village

The Village will offer a $25 lunch menu and $39 dinner menu for indoor and outdoor dining, as well as takeout and delivery.

The Mid-America Club

The Mid-America Club will offer a $36 dinner menu featuring American contemporary cuisine.

Morton’s The Steakhouse

Morton’s The Steakhouse will offer a $55 dinner menu for indoor dining, takeout and delivery.

Ocean Prime

This steakhouse with an affinity for seafood will offer a $55 dinner menu for indoor dining and takeout.

RAISED | An Urban Rooftop Bar

This rooftop specializing in American cuisine at the Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel will offer a $39 dinner menu for indoor dining and takeout.

Remington’s

This classic American grill will offer $25 lunch and $55 dinner menus for indoor dining and takeout.

ROOF on theWit

This rooftop bar and restaurant in theWit Hotel will offer a $39 dinner menu for indoor dining.

The Walnut Room

The famous Walnut Room inside Macy’s flagship State Street store will offer a $25 lunch menu for indoor dining, takeout and delivery.

Find all Loop restaurants participating in Restaurant Week here.

About Chicago Loop Alliance

Chicago Loop Alliance (CLA)’s mission is to create, manage and promote positive and inclusive programs that attract people to the Loop and accelerate economic recovery. CLA is a membership organization as well as the sole service provider for Special Service Area#1-2015, and the Chicago Loop Alliance Foundation produces public art projects and events. For more information, please visit here.

About Choose Chicago

Choose Chicago is the official sales and marketing organization responsible for promoting Chicago as a global visitor and meetings destination, leveraging the city’s unmatched assets to ensure the economic vitality of the city and its member business community. Follow @ChooseChicago on Twitter and on Instagram @choosechicago. Like them on Facebook. For more, visit www.choosechicago.com. #ChicagoHome | #Only1Chicago

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