Chicago Restaurant Week – Some of our Favorite Loop Neighbors are Serving up Serious Eats in 2021


If there’s anything Chicagoans excel at, it’s adapting. When the temperature drops 30 degrees in a matter of hours – no prob. When the Cubs aren’t winning – there’s always next year.  When you now get a ticket in the mail for going 6mph over the speed limit – ok, you’ve got our attention. Like I said, we can adapt. We all know the pandemic has hit the Chicago restaurant industry hard. Like, really hard. But, they too have been able to adapt. We’ve seen them come up with some incredible ideas to pivot during these difficult times. Between the make your own meal kits to the crafty cocktails-to-go (in kiddie cups, thank you very much) we’re all about supporting our local restaurants at MOI Chicago. And now, with Restaurant Week upon us, it’s the perfect excuse to share our local favorites with you!

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The Gage, 24 S. Michigan Ave.  – When it’s cold, you can hurry over to The Gage in about two minutes, flat. Seriously, I timed myself once. But now that the weather isn’t in the negatives, you’ll actually enjoy the leisurely stroll down Michigan Avenue as you take in the sights and sounds of Millennium Park just across the street. One of the most booked restaurants in the city, The Gage will not disappoint. The restaurant serves refined, rustic fare that blends European influence with American style. Their $55 Restaurant Week menu boasts a melt-in-your mouth Hamachi Tartare and a Grilled Prime Ribeye that will surely remind you that you’re in the heart of the Midwest. There’s no place like home.

The Gage

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Roof on the Wit, 201 N. State Street – With al fresco dining just around the corner, the entire city will soon be clamoring for rooftop and patio reservations. And Roof on the Wit is sure to be at the top of everyone’s list. Perched 27 stories above State Street, the sweeping downtown views and glimmering Chicago River are sure to take your breath away. And if that fails (are you actually alive?), then their $39 Restaurant Week menu will do the trick. While they boast a killer craft cocktail menu, don’t skip the eats. Roof’s award winning chef infuses flavors from Spain and the nearby spice-bearing regions that’ll knock your socks off. Go for the broccoli salad and ńduja and sweet pepper pizza. Here’s a tip: it’s pronounced en-doo-ya and you’re going to want some. You’re welcome.

Roof on the Wit

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The Dearborn, 145 N. Dearborn Street – A local favorite and recently reopened just in time for Restaurant Week. The Dearborn is a go-to for any occasion – and we must say, it pairs quite well with an afternoon of illusions at MOI Chicago. With a $25 lunch and a $55 dinner menu for Restaurant Week, you’re good for a visit any time of day. The Dearborn serves up seasonal, upscale tavern fare in a beautiful space that gives a nod to old Chicago. You can’t go wrong with anything on the menu, but just make sure somebody orders the DB Steakhouse Burger, k?

The Dearborn

Check out Choose Chicago’s entire Restaurant Week roundup here: let’s eat.