Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Chicago Originals vs. 'official' Chicago Restaurant Week

Since it was first announced a couple of weeks ago that Chicago was finally getting its first-ever restaurant week(s), there's been much heated discussion on who had the "best" one: the "official" Chicago Tourism Bureau's Eat It Up or the Chicago Originals offering.

For hardcore foodies, the Chicago Originals event (whose membership is composed of low-key, independent restaurants in neighborhoods like Lincoln Park, River North and West Town) seems to be more appealing mostly because they're not going after a trendy audience. Established, yet off-the-radar eateries like Cafe Bernard (2100 N. Halsted St., 773-871-2100) get the spotlight, while the more "touristy" favorite Bistro 110 (110 E. Pearson St., 312-266-3110) gets the nod in the Eat It Up lineup.

Whatever the case, we should just be glad because most cities only have one, and now we have two from which to choose!

Chicago Originals Restaurant Week: Jan. 27-Feb. 3

Chicago Restaurant Week . . . Eat It Up: Feb. 22-29

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