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Chow down with Chicago Restaurant Week

By Ashley Huntington
On February 22, 2012

With Chicago being home to 3,500 fast food eateries, nearly 4,000 restaurants and the world's largest food festival, Chicago beats out the likes of Houston, New York and Dallas for the honor of being named America's Most Gluttonous city. Adding fuel to the city's gluttonous fire is Chicago's 5th Annual Restaurant Week

Adding fuel to our gluttonous fire is Chicago's 5th Annual Restaurant Week, which takes place between February 17-26. During this food frenzy, participating high-end restaurants from all around the city offer special "prix fixe" menus ranging from $22 for lunch to $33 or $44 for dinner.

More than 230 restaurants are participating in this year's Restaurant Week, giving foodies from Chicago and surrounding areas the opportunity to try new dining spots and sample the cooking of some of the city's award-winning and world-renowned chefs.

"The annual Restaurant Week is an opportunity to pay tribute to Chicago's masterful chefs and give diners an opportunity to experience the multitude of flavors in the city while bringing business to establishments during a typically slower time of year," said Meghan Risch, Public Relations direction in a press release.

Notable restaurants on this year's list include Adobo Grill, offering 80 different tequilas and table side handmade guacamole; Café Ba Ba Reeba, a Spanish restaurant famous for its tapas and sangria; the Chicago Firehouse Restaurant, which is set in a restored 1905 firehouse and is regarded as one of the city's finest steakhouses; Fulton's on the River, regarded as the champion of seafood while nestled along the Chicago River; and Mirai Sushi, rated by Zagat as one of the best sushi restaurants in the country.

But if you are more interested in activities to accompany your dining experience, several Chicago attractions are featuring food-based tours and shows to help celebrate Restaurant Week. Check out Chicago Detours' Good Times Historic Bar Tour, which tours Chicago's most historic bars while guests sample drinks and appetizers and listen to stories of Prohibition and the jazz era. Or pick up food from some of Chicago's best food trucks at the Harris Theatre's Eat to the Beat event and enjoy a one-hour lunchtime performance by the Music Institute of Chicago.

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