Chicago Restaurant Week 2019 kicks off with the First Bites Bash tomorrow night, Thursday, January 24, 2019, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at The Field Museum of Natural History. This is the 12th annual Chicago Restaurant Week, organized by Choose Chicago. Sweet and savory dishes from over seventy of Chicago’s most popular chefs and restaurants will be on hand. Originally, tickets ranged from $95 to $125, but the $95 tickets have sold out, and the $125 tickets will be available until the event sells out or noon on Thursday. Click here to purchase tickets via Eventbrite. Beer, wine, and other beverage-makers are the sponsors.
There is no guest list. Customers should print out their tickets on paper to avoid technological complications that could prevent tickets from displaying on smartphones. There are neither refunds nor price adjustments.
Joe Flamm, the Executive Chef of the Michelin-starred Italian restaurant Spiaggia and Café Spiaggia, will be the Host Chef. He is also the winner of Season 15 of Top Chef on Bravo.
Jamel Doss, the Assistant Bar Director of The Aviary cocktail bar, will be Host Mixologist. Last year, she won the National Restaurant Association’s inaugural Chicago STARS Mixology Competition.
All guests must be twenty-one-years-of-age-or-over and have valid identification. No children will be permitted, not even babes in arms or wee tots in strollers.
This year, First Bites Bash benefits Pilot Light. This is a non-profit organization that helps schoolchildren apply the lessons they learn in classrooms to the food available in cafeterias, at home, and restaurants so they can make healthy choices.
Artango Bar & Steakhouse
Baptiste & Bottle
Blue Door Farm Stand
Blue Door Kitchen & Garden
Casati’s Pizza Vino
Demera Ethiopian Restaurant
ETA Restaurant + Bar
Freds at Barneys New York Chicago
Fulton Market Kicthen
Fene & Georgetti
Grand Central Bar
HaiSous Vietnamese Kitchen
Homestead on the Roof
Piggie Smalls Gyro Shop
Roka Akor Chicago
Sapori Antchi bar italiano
State & Lake Chicago Tavern
Sunda New Asian
Texas de Brazil
The Berghoff Restaurant
The Chicago Teachers’ Lounge & Eatery
The Hampton Social
The Madison Bar & Kitchen
The Signature Room at the 95th
Upstairs at The Gwen
Stella Artois will be hosting an After-Party at TAO. There will be free shuttle service to TAO from the Field Museum. One’s First Bites Bash wristband will afford one expedited entry to TAO upon arrival. The reception will last about an hour-and-a-half.
Vendors are subject to change. Tickets cover samples. They reserve the right to curtail service to anyone who is intoxicated. Security guards may inspect bags and persons.
Absolutely no food or beverage may be brought into the event. If a guest shows up inebriated (or otherwise unfit), he or she will not be permitted inside and will not receive a refund.
Chicago Restaurant Week will last from Friday, January 25, 2019 to Thursday, February 7, 2019, so it’s actually two weeks. Almost 400 local restaurants are participating this year. This includes 100 restaurants participating for the first time and forty-five suburban restaurants. It features prix fixe menus that start at $24 for brunch or lunch, and $36 and/or $48 for dinner (excluding beverages, tax, and gratuity). One can search for participating restaurants by clicking here and scrolling down the Webpage until one sees the search engine. The Chicago Restaurant Week sponsors are 100.3 FM (“She 103”), 101.9 FM (“The Mix”), Concierge Chicago at McCormick Place, the James Beard Foundation, Josh Cellars, Michigan Avenue Magazine, OpenTable®, the Chicago Transit Authority (C.T.A.), Metra, Pace, Smithfield Food Service, and Stella Artois.
The Field Museum is part of the Museum Campus with the John G. Shedd Aquarium and the Adler Planetarium at the northern end of Burnham Park. The Field Museum is open every day of the year, save one (Christmas Day). It is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with the last admission at 4:00 p.m. There are upcoming Illinois Resident Free Days. The street address of The Field Museum is 1400 South Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, Illinois 60605-2496. The phone number is (312) 922-9410. The Website is https://www.fieldmuseum.org/.