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It’s Time to Brave the Cold and Eat Like Champions

Food & Drink

As January brings wind chills and blasts of snow, Chicago’s Restaurant Week kicks into full gear, giving everyone a reason to venture back outside. Back by popular demand, the 7th annual festival offers 14 days of prix-fixe menus ($22 for lunch and $33/$44 for dinner) and runs Friday, January 24th to Thursday, February 6th. Online reservations are now open.

New this year are 40 additional restaurants, and here are some of the new names worth throwing on a coat and checking out:

American Junkie: A perfect combination of sports bar and upscale dining, American Junkie serves fine dining alongside 100 choices of beer and 25 large-screen televisions. The urban vibe is complemented by unique dining options like grilled octopus or a wild boar sandwich. Or, keep it classic and order some traditional pub fare like nachos or wings. Whatever your fancy, American Junkie is the Near North’s Answer. American Junkie is located at 15 West Illinois Street.

The Refinery: Located within the first few steps of Old Town, The Refinery is a quaint, warm restaurant with highly crafted and unique menu that could please any foodie. Its Restaurant Week menu offers up choices like an oxtail arincini and a hangar steak, among others. But the final menu choice might be the hardest–The Refinery is known for high-class desserts as well, and deciding between a gourmet mandarin orange creamsicle and a chocolate cassava cake might prove impossible. The Refinery is located at 1209 North Wells, just steps off of the Wells and Division intersection.

Beatrix: At once a coffeehouse, restaurant, and bar, Beatrix is a one stop shop for all dining experiences. Its menu reads like upscale comfort food: tomato soup with white cheddar cornbread, slow-braised pot roast, and an herb-roasted chicken sandwich, among other tasty delights and juices. Their famous tall, dark & handsome chocolate cake will leave you drooling, or choose between a variety of pastries at the coffee bar. Open for both lunch and dinner during Restaurant Week, they are sampling the classics for both menus. Beatrix is located at 519 Clark Street and opens daily at 8 am.

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