Chicago Chef week isn't quite Chicago Restaurant week... but for many of us, it's a chance for a second bite at the same apple. These are all chef-driven restaurants, and many of them don't offer discounts any other time of the year. Check out the whole list at http://www.chicagochefweek.com/.
Best restaurant in the city of Chicago. Seasonal, local and consistently amazing. Plus, they have a garden off to the side of the restaurant. Just go.
Get there early to get a seat. We like 430 on Saturday.
Some of the best pastries in the city come from this gorgeous little shop.
Ryan McCaskey has brought fine dining to the South Loop with this beautiful white jewelbox of a restaurant. Plus, they grow their own herbs in boxes out back.
Wine bars are a pretentious pain in the neck. Not Telegraph. It's inexpensive, beautiful and has no attitude whatsoever. It's THE best place to learn about new wines.
Beautiful lounge, huge, comprehensive list of classic cocktails.
An Iron Chef Opens a ramen shop. What more do you need?
The source of most of Chef Paul Kahan's amazing, locally and sustainably sourced meats. Buy them retail or stop in for a sandwich.
Chef Matthias Merges has created an amazing Japanese small plates restaurant. Get the oysters and save room for dessert.
Don't just go for lunch - keep an eye out for their special popup dinners.