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Explore Chicago's culinary scene during Chicago Restaurant Week

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The Chicago culinary scene is vast and varied. From Michelin Star restaurants to favorite neighborhood haunts, Chicago has restaurants for every palate and cuisine. During the 2014 Chicago Restaurant Week, January 24 through February 6, over 280 restaurants will offers special lunch and/or dinner menus to entice new patrons and bring back former diners for another experience.

"Chicago Restaurant Week is a Choose Chicago Partnership program designed to promote the restaurant industry and drive traffic to participating establishments during a typically slow time of year. For fourteen days, diners can enjoy value pricing for lunch and/or dinner at dining establishments throughout the city and surrounding suburbs."

During this special 14 day event, the participating restaurants will offer special multi-course lunch and dinner menus. Prices for these special tasting menus range from $22 lunch, $33 and/or $44 dinner.

The EatItUpChicago.com website offers a complete list of participating restaurants and some of the menus. A few personal favorite restaurants include Vie, Sienna Tavern, and Oceanique.

Here is a sample dinner menu from Oceanique. The dinner menu, for $44 (excluding tax and gratuity), includes:

Chef’s Surprise

Choice of Starter

Butternut Squash Ravioli , Fennel, Prosciutto, Crispy Sage,Walnuts

Venison Pate, Hazelnuts, Parsley-Apple Salad, Blackberry Gelée, Poilâne Toast

Pear Maytag Blue Cheese, Red Watercress, Pecans, Buttermilk

Seasonal Sorbet

Choice of Entrée

Wild Maine Skate, Pea Tips, Green Beans, Fennel, Porto

Organic Icelandic Arctic Char, Elote, Butternut Squash, Turmeric,Poblano

Chef’s Pastry Selection

To make a reservation at a participating restaurant, please visit EatItUpChicago.com.

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