Chicago Chef Week Ushers in Spring

The Publican is among more than two-dozen participating restaurants. (Photo courtesy of Bob Briskey Photography.)
The Publican is among more than two-dozen participating restaurants. (Photo courtesy of Bob Briskey Photography)

by Jennifer Olvera


The second annual Chicago Chef Week is on the horizon—make note to clear your schedule for March 22-28—bringing with it an endless array of affordable prix fixe menus at top tables all over town.


More than two-dozen restaurants will be dishing up special menus. Among them is The Publican, which will usher in a $30 three-course meal of Little Gem salad with crispy pig ears, followed by grilled country ribs. As for dessert, look for a tweaked version of its famed waffle.


Admittedly, though, you may be lured to the ’burbs for Paul Virant’s menu at Vie, which happens to be one of our Top 40 Restaurants in the U.S. He’ll kick things off with a salad of La Quercia prosciutto, scarlet turnips, caramel apple jam, Werp Farms arugula and Spanish olive oil. Next up, it’s Milanese-style Gunthorp Farms chicken with organic polenta, fried Tuscan kale and garlic-herb vinaigrette and warm, gooey butter cake with Tahitian vanilla ice cream, brittled peanuts and chocolate sauce.


During lunch, many restaurants—such as Big Jones, aja, Eve and Lockwood—also will offer $20 lunches. For a list of those participating and to make reservations, visit


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One thought on “Chicago Chef Week Ushers in Spring”

  1. There is not a proper place for my comment, so I’ll comment here.

    I’m a little surprised and confused as to your mention of Gordon Biersch Brewery in Tempe, AZ as a top 10 Irish pub. Really? What makes Gordon Biersch unique and Irish to Tempe? Why would I go there when I can go to a Gordon Biersch Pub just about anywhere?

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