Chicago Restaurant Week First Bites 2015 Recap

Last week Union Station’s Great Hall hosted Choose Chicago’s First Bites Bash, a sold out event that successfully kicked off the start of the eighth-annual Chicago Restaurant Week. Officially lasting two weeks from January 30th to February 12th, the 14-day dining event highlights multiple course menus at 300 restaurants around Chicago!

This year over 50 different restaurants came together to offer up samples of their best dishes. This is one of my favorite culinary events of the year and a great way to decide which restaurants you want to visit for a full meal over restaurant week! Every year I’ve attended First Bites I’ve discovered a restaurant I hadn’t yet heard of and surprised me with absolutely delicious food! More often than not the new restaurant (to me at least!) is located in a part of Chicago I have yet to fully explore. I love how an event such as First Bites reminds eaters of these great restaurants that may not be currently trendy or in areas besides the hot spots of West Loop, Logan Square, etc.  Good food is a fantastic reason to explore a new and different neighborhood and try more of their dishes!

This year restaurateur and master sommelier, Alpana Singh hosted the event, from which a portion of the proceeds benefited the Inspiration Corporation. The Inspiration Corporation is an amazing non-profit dedicated to helping those affected by homelessness and poverty. Their aim is to improve the lives of the underprivileged and increase self-sufficiency through the provision of social services, employment training and placement, and housing.

Officially lasting two weeks from January 30th to February 12th 2015 the 14-day dining event highlights multiple course menus at over 300 restaurants in 32 different neighborhoods and surrounding Chicago suburbs! The annual culinary celebration features special prix fixe menus starting at $22 for lunch and $33 and/or $44 for dinner (excluding beverages, tax and gratuity). You still have almost a full week left in which to explore and EAT Chicago!

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