Merica Mule at Commonwealth (Kevin Osterhout)

 

White fish at Benny's Chop House (Mistey A.D. Nguyen)

On the Blackboard: Chicago

By Nicole Bruce

Two-course weekend brunch at Regards to Edith
Who wouldn't want to start their day with warm cast-iron cinnamon rolls slathered in cream cheese icing? From there, choose whether to indulge in a fried chicken biscuit with hot pickles, sunny-side up egg, and chicken gravy, or a farro and buckwheat grain bowl loaded with grilled sweet potato, spiced pepita, avocado, and charred scallion. Feast on Regards to Edith's two-course brunch during Chicago Restaurant Week for $20 on Saturday and Sunday.
Neighborhood: West Loop MAP

Three-course lunch at Benny's Chop House
Chicago Restaurant Week opens a window of opportunity for remarkable steakhouse deals, and the special lunch menu at Benny's Chop House is no exception. The restaurant is serving up wild Canadian whitefish or orecchiette lunch entrées for just $22, and even a limited-time surf-and-turf option at a crazy good price point ($30 with an $8 surcharge). You'll nosh on USDA Prime tournedos of beef and shrimp dejonge instead of the dinnertime lobster tail and 8-ounce filet (regularly $77), but it's still one of the best deals in the city.
Neighborhood: River North MAP

The Florentine (Jeff Schear Visuals)

Super Bowl specials at The Florentine
Chicagoans can score big with The Florentine’s game day specials. J.W. Marriott's contemporary Italian restaurant downtown is hosting their underrated weeknight happy hour program (regularly 4 to 6 p.m.) on Super Bowl Sunday (February 4), featuring a complimentary wood-fired pizza with the purchase of your first round of cocktails, beer, or wine. Fans can take advantage of this deal starting at 2:30 p.m. and until the end of the game.
Neighborhood: The Loop MAP

Super Bowl specials at Dark Horse Tap & Grille
Spend the biggest football day of the year surrounded by 20 HDTVs at Dark Horse Tap & Grille. With a $30 meal package (from 5:30 to 9 p.m.), you can fuel up with a bottomless wing buffet—starring four types of wings in mango-habanero, BBQ, Buffalo, and honey-sriracha sauces—plus select Goose Island drafts (Green Line Pale Ale, 312 Urban Wheat Ale, and Old Man Grumpy Pale Ale), Bud Light drafts, and well cocktails.
Neighborhood: Lakeview MAP

Olympics Opening Ceremony party and themed specials at Commonwealth Tavern
Hit up Commonwealth Tavern during the 2018 Winter Olympics (February 9 through 25) to catch the games on all 12 TVs and enjoy themed food and drink specials. They'll be dishing up Korean-style BBQ spiced wings ($8 for eight wings) with pickled carrots, fresh cucumbers, and green onions. During the opening ceremony on Friday, February 9 at 7 p.m., score half-priced appetizers (from 3 to 6 p.m.) and $6 craftails like the Bourbon Merica Mule and Olympic old-fashioned.
Neighborhood: Roscoe Village MAP

Clever Rabbit

Four-course dinner at Clever Rabbit
Chicago Restaurant Week is under way, and you won't find vegetarian- and vegan-friendly dishes more stellar than those at Clever Rabbit's four-part dinner menu ($44). The veggie-centric spot features a vegetarian or vegan option for each course. Highlights include a mushroom and polenta terrine, carrot dumplings, a pasta tossed with parsnip, eggplant and herb purée, and egg yolk, and a must-try carrot cake.
Neighborhood: Ukrainian Village MAP

10th annual Mardi Gras bash at Fat Cat
The 1940s-inspired neighborhood restaurant Fat Cat is throwing their 10th Annual Mardi Gras bash with an all-you-can-eat Louisiana Crawfish Boil on Tuesday, February 13. The buffet includes flown in fresh Louisiana crawfish, chicken and andouille sausage jambalaya, Cajun fried catfish, hush puppies, king cakes, and more. Let the good times roll with Zydeco music, beads, hurricane punch bowls, and handcrafted Sazeracs! Reserve your spot online for a 5:30 or 8 p.m. seating by February 1 to get a discounted price ($25) before it goes up to $30 (drinks not included).
Neighborhood: Uptown MAP

Valentine's Day dinner at Mity Nice
The sleek Water Tower Place eatery Mity Nice is offering a special three-course prix-fixe menu ($45 per person) alongside a glass of Giuliana prosecco. Kick off your romantic feast with baked brie, mini crab cakes, or raspberry fields salad, followed by your choice of main courses like macadamia-crusted halibut or steakhouse filet medallions. Follow up with butterscotch crème brûlée or dark velvet chocolate mousse for dessert.
Neighborhood: Streeterville MAP

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