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Eat Your Way Through the Winter with Chicago Restaurant Week 2018

Katie Cahnmann

Eat Your Way Through the Winter with Chicago Restaurant Week 2018

We are officially two weeks into the new year and I don’t know about all of you but 2018 has already been incredible for me. I previously mentioned what a wash 2017 turned out to be and how excited I was to kick it to the curb for good. Like most people, I thought about new year’s resolutions but decided I would rather make some LIFE resolutions.

I came into 2018 with a vengeance ready to take life by the horns! I decided I was in need of a new attitude and a new outlook! I was ready to make 2018 my b!8@#…. oh wait, I mean MY YEAR! I had one overall goal in mind and two main obstacles I wanted to tackle. The goal: Really, truly, genuinely appreciate life and more importantly, appreciate MY life. Throughout most of 2017, I was feeling disappointed, disheartened, and disconnected.

Then I stepped outside of myself and looked at the bigger picture and realized how truly blessed I am. For those that don’t know, every New Years is actually a new year for me as I celebrate my birthday on January 11. I always go all out and celebrate in a big way because I am just so happy to welcome another year of life on this earth in great health. See, I have been single for a long time and I don’t have the greatest job financially speaking but I have my health and I am surrounded by so much love and joy from friends and family.

Many of those friends and family experienced much scarier life events in 2017 than me from losing loved ones, going through difficult divorces, and suffering from their own severe health issues. Yet, even through all of that each and every one of them has always shown up for me when I needed them and even when I didn’t! Recognizing that and realizing I needed an attitude adjustment has already had a drastic positive impact on my life.

I know this year is going to be incredible because I am both open to it and ready for it. And let me tell you, in just two weeks incredible things have already been happening. This is going to be my year and I am going to completely overcome and conquer those two obstacles I previously mentioned – my career and love life are going to flourish in 2018.

So, instead of the typical, cliche new years resolutions, I am sticking to life resolutions. Moving forward, I vow to keep an open mind, take risks, and go after what I want. Let me know how you plan to make 2018 the best yet. Before I share some cool things happening in the Chi, I just want to publicly thank all of my amazing friends and family for making my birthday this year the most amazing one yet. I have never felt so loved and appreciated. Cheers to new friends and old (and family, too).


Katie Cahmann



January 22 is National Hot Sauce Day. Celebrate with some Ghost Scream Hot Sauces!

Ghost Scream Hot Sauce

Ghost Scream Hot Sauce:  A great, everyday table sauce, this beautiful blend is perfect on sushi, eggs, tacos, pizza, soups, seafood, chili and more!

Chili Garlic Jam: Made with fresh garlic, roasted red jalapeño peppers, and a pinch of sugar, this jam is delightful and devilish! Terrific as a glaze on salmon, shrimp, or pork or amp up a stir-fry. 

Chili Garlic Paste: Loaded with intense flavor, pair it with beef, chicken, fish, rice, pizza, sandwiches or literally any food you want to take to the next level in the spice department!

Though it’s hard to leave the house this time of year, Four Corners makes it easy with events throughout January.

  • Whiskey Tasting at SteakBar (Thursday, January 18, 7-9 p.m.)
    Tease your tastebuds with a variety of spirits at SteakBar’s whiskey tasting. Tickets ($25) include a whiskey tasting accompanied with light appetizers, perfect for a date night or evening out with friends to kick off the weekend. Purchase tickets and learn more information hereSteakBar, 1500 N. Wells St.
  • Après Ski Party at Federales (Saturday, January 27, 1-4 p.m.)
    The only way to survive this cold is to embrace it! This West Loop taqueria is opening up the roof for a winter party filled with ice shots, shot skis, and an ice luge—so dress accordingly. Admission ($10) includes one free hot drink ticket to warm you up while the fun begins. Federales, 180 N. Morgan St.
  • The Bachelor Viewing Party at Brickhouse Tavern (Mondays throughout the season, 7 p.m.)
    Every Monday until the final rose is given out, join Brickhouse Tavern for a screening of everyone’s favorite guilty pleasure. Heart shaped pizzas ($10), Bachelor Cabernet, and lots of roses will be available for all of Chicago’s romantics. The show starts at 7 p.m. every MondayBrickhouse Tavern, 3647 N. Clark St.

Chicago Restaurant Week 2018

A week of prix fixe food deals at some of Chicago’s top spots is upon us. Here are a few samples of what to expect. See the full list of restaurants participating and the menus they will be offering when you visit Choose Chicago.

Pizzeria Bebu (1521 N. Fremont St.)
Join Lincoln Park’s innovative pizza concept, Pizzeria Bebu, for its first-ever Restaurant Week menu, with robust options for brunch ($22), lunch ($22) and dinner ($33). Throughout the two-week run, Bebu offers Restaurant Week diners a huge selection of its one-of-a-kind thin-crust pizzas with unique toppings, seasonally-inspired salads and its signature cannoli. Don’t miss out on the fan-favorite Ode to Rubirosa with vodka sauce, nutless pesto and fresh mozzarellaSausage & Broccoli Rabe with house-made Italian sausage, mozzarella, broccoli rabe and ricotta; and Little Gem Salad with fennel, breakfast radish, sunflower seeds, pecorino, soft herbs and Calabrian chile vinaigrette. Full Restaurant Week menu available, here; link to high-res imagery, here. For reservations, please visit Resy; Bebu offers limited reservations for brunch, lunch, and large parties (between 6-10 guests) for dinner. Keep up-to-date on all things Bebu by following @PizzeriaBebu and #FeedMePizza on Instagram.

City Mouse (Ace Hotel Chicago, 311 N. Morgan St.)

Ace Hotel Chicago and its signature restaurant City Mouse, a collaboration with Chef Jason Vincent and his team from the much-lauded, Giant, opened their doors to Chicago’s vibrant West Loop neighborhood in August 2017. Join City Mouse for its first year participating in Restaurant Week and enjoy deliciously curated menus for lunch ($22) and dinner ($44). Guests will be given the choice of an appetizer, entrée and dessert, including such items as the House Cornbread with parmesan butter and prosciutto cotto; Eggplant Lasagna with buckwheat, roasted fennel and olives; and Apple Pie. Please find the full Restaurant Week menu, here; link to high-res imagery here.

Mahalo (1501 N. Milwaukee Ave.)

Step inside this Hawaiian paradise to revel in a tropical, Polynesian-Asian-infused menu for Chicago’s restaurant week. The Wicker Park hotspot known for its island ambiance is offering a mouthwatering menu available for brunch ($22), lunch ($22) and dinner ($33) with customer favorites including the Ahi Tuna Nachos, poke and ramen entrees and the Hawaiian Dream Cup dessert. Please find the full Restaurant Week menu, here; link to high-res imagery, here.

Hampton Social (353 W. Hubbard St.)

The beloved River North hotspot known for its quintessential East Coast vibes, seafaring dishes, and extensive beverage program will be offering a delectable restaurant week menu this year that will make you feel like you’re sitting beachside amidst the frigid Chicago weather. Boasting regular menu favorites such as the New England Baked Cod, Butternut Squash Gnocchi and Chicken And Doughnuts, guests can indulge in brunch ($22), lunch ($22) or dinner ($33). Please find the full Restaurant Week menu, here; link to high-res imagery, here.

Cindy’s (12 S. Michigan Ave.)

  • Experience lunch in the Chicago sky with panoramic views of Millennium Park, The Art Institute, Lake Michigan, and beyond. With touches of seasonal freshness, the lunchtime pre-fix menu ($22 for 3 courses) includes Falafel with harissa and roasted cauliflower,Gnocchi Parisienne with squash and honey ricotta, and Chocolate Quesillo topped with a maple pecan ice cream for dessert.
  • Reservations available for lunch January 26 through February 8, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and can be made by

Dolce Italian (127 W. Huron St.)

  • Take a trip to Italy without the pricey airfare at Dolce Italian this Restaurant Week. Executive Chef Nathaniel Cayer crafts a four-course menu of authentic Italian eats, starting with Butter Lettuce Salad antipasti, Spinach Linguini as the primi with oyster mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, and arugula, followed by classic Veal Milanese – breaded vealfries, arugula salad, toy box tomatoes, and a frise salad. For dessert, guests finish their Italian adventure with traditional Tiramisu made with fresh mascarpone, imported ladyfingers, and pulled espresso. Gluten free pasta is available upon request.
  • Dolce Italian’s menu during Chicago Restaurant Week costs $44 per person and is available during dinner service, from 5-10 p.m.Sunday through Thursday and from 5-11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Reservations can be made by calling Dolce Italian at 312.754.0700 or via OpenTable.

Howells & Hood (435 N. Michigan Ave.)

  • A classic American meal with brilliant twists awaits at Howells & Hood this Chicago Restaurant Week. The Magnificent Mile gem offers both lunch ($22) and dinner ($44) three-course prix fixe menus from January 26-February 8. Lunch begins with a choice of Cheesy Cream of Broccoli with smoked broccoli and spiced cheese or Asian Pear Salad, and entrée choices include the Sloppy Joe with ground brisket and short rib or Southern Fried Chicken with pimento cheese and green tomatillo pickles. Guests can top off the midday meal with a warm Hop Brownie or Crème Brulee.
  • A three-course dinner menu is also available, beginning with Cheesy Cream of Broccoli or Brie Rangoon with garlic onion jam and smoked cranberry relish, and a choice of Churrasco Skirt Steak with green chili rice, warm tomato vinaigrette, red harissa and crispy kohlrabi strings or Crispy Thai Rice with lump crab, jasmine rice, kimchi, sweet and spicy tamari and an egg. Dinner finishes with a choice of a warm Hop Brownie or Crème Brulee.
  • Reservations can be made by calling 312.262.5310 or visiting

Lawry’s The Prime Rib (100 E. Ontario St.)

  • Chicagoans are invited to step into the extraordinary former McCormick mansion during Chicago Restaurant Week for a traditional steakhouse prix fixe dinner ($44). At this tried and true restaurant open since 1974, diners start with Lawry’s Famous Original Spinning Bowl Salad. Entrée options include a 6 oz. California Cut Prime Rib with Mashed PotatoesYorkshire Pudding, and choice of Creamed Corn or Creamed Spinach. A vegetarian option is also available. To top off the meal, guests get their choice of Sticky Toffee Pudding or CC Brown’s Sundae.
  • Reservations can be made by calling 312.787.5000 or visiting

LH Rooftop at LondonHouse Chicago (85 E. Upper Wacker Dr.)

  • This Chicago Restaurant Week, Executive Chef Jacob Verstegen is taking LH Rooftop’s commitment to re-imagined American cuisine to the next level by focusing on produce and animals native to the Midwest. Adapted for the modern palette, the dishes on the tri-level rooftop restaurant’s menu pay homage to the diets, cooking techniques, and preservations methods of the indigenous tribes who lived in and around Chicago – a fitting theme, as LondonHouse Chicago is located at the site of Fort Dearborn, the birthplace of Chicago.
  • Each of the three dinner courses on the menu star native Midwestern ingredients and the culinary techniques used to craft the dishes mirror those that were essential to life during the winter months hundreds of years ago. For example, the Butter Nut Squash first course option is baked in clay and served with cured venison and maple consommé. Other indigenous-inspired plates include Sunflower ButterSmoked Kenearly Beans with kabocha, sprouts, and kenearly tea, and Pheasant with tobacco sauce, marinated cranberry, and ash-roasted sweet potato. For dessert, Executive Pastry Chef Claire Crenshaw crafts Local Honey with broiled grapefruit, honey mousseline, and lavender shortbread as one of the sweet options.
  • The three-course Restaurant Week menu at LH Rooftop may be purchased for $44 per person at LH Rooftop (21st floor) during dinner service beginning at 5 p.m. Reservations can be made by calling LH Rooftop at 312.253.2317.

Mercat a la Planxa (638 S. Michigan Ave.)

  • Native Barcelona Chef Diego Amat brings an authentic edge to Mercat a la Planxa’s Restaurant Week menu. The South Loop restaurant offers three courses of tapas and Spanish-inspired plates, including a Catalan-style Galet Pasta made with pork, chicken, and seasonal vegetables as well as a decadent Short Rib-and-Chicken-Stuffed Cannelloni with foie gras and creamy truffle béchamel.
  • The three-course dinner menu is priced at $44 offers two options for each course. Guests can make reservations by calling 312.765.0524.

SideDoor (100 E. Ontario St.)

  • The River North gastropub adjacent to Lawry’s The Prime Rib offers an inviting, cozy space alongside casual American fare. SideDoor’s Chicago Restaurant Week dinner menu serves up a three-course meal for $33. The first course offers a choice of Wedge Salad orSpinach Salad, followed by entrée options including a hand-sliced to order Prime Rib SandwichFish & Chips, or Fork and Knife Pastrami Sandwich with house-smoked and cured natural brisket. Dessert selections include Sticky Toffee Pudding or Key Lime Pie.
  • Reservations can be made by calling 312.787.6768.

The Signature Room (875 N. Michigan Ave.)

  • The restaurant perched atop the iconic John Hancock Center participates in Chicago Restaurant Week 2018 with a three-course dinner menu. The first course includes Lobster Bisque or Roasted Beet Salad; second-course choices include Roasted Scottish Salmon,Half Roasted ChickenSeared Lamb Chops, or Fusilli Pasta; and White & Dark Chocolate Mousse Cake or Caramelized Apple Tart for dessert.
  • Pricing for the three-course dinner menu is $44 per person. Excludes beverages, tax, and gratuity. Reservations