A New England Taste for Chicago Restaurant Week at Oyster Bah

For this Chicago Restaurant Week – we took a trip – with our forks – to New England for some fresh seafood and nautical ambiance.

This week is what some people call “better than Christmas.” It’s Chicago Restaurant Week from January 26 – February 8, 2018. Chicago Restaurant Week is a dream for Chicago foodies because you get to eat a fixed price menu at some of the hottest and finest Chicago restaurants.

A few bloggers and I got together for a tasting at Oyster Bah (1962 N. Halsted) in Lincoln Park to catch up and eat some fresh seafood.

The food was good. The ambience was perfect. And the company made the experience.

Dig in at Oyster Bah:

Since I know you want to – let’s just dig in. I do really think that you bond over meals. While I love good sauces, fresh seafood, and a savory meal – time flew because of the conversations.

We did Oyster shots together and split a lobster roll. I loved how zesty and fresh everything was! Seriously, get the lobster roll and save room for the mussels!

Restaurant Week is a Great Way to Meetup with Friends and Talk About Your Projects:

Best of all, because we met up during the launch of my relationship podcast, Ok Cool, we started talking about our dating lives. Some of the Chicago bloggers shared our worst dating stories from Match and other places. P.S. I don’t really like Match – it took three months, and I only met up with one person.

My favorite story was about how a guy went to the bathroom during the dinner date and didn’t come back! My friend was left with the bill and oddly, his coat which he left behind. At the end of the night, she gave his coat to a homeless guy and had a few drinks with the bartender, who saw what happened.

Restaurant week is the best way to try favorite dishes from Oyster Bah for a set price. The lunch special is $22 and dinner is $33. Reservations can be made by here.

Battle of the 90s at Split-Rail:

Next on my restaurant week list is Split-Rail because – guys – they have a battle of the 90’s – Friends vs. Seinfeld.


All photos were shot by: The Brazen Gourmand

Amanda Elliott is a writer and speaker and a relationship builder. She believes that meeting people in person is important. After attending numerous fashion, startup, and creative events, she founded Windy City Cosmo is 2015 to help people make connections in the city as they build their businesses, start and end relationships and see and be seen. Over the past three years, the entrepreneurs she’s interviewed have become the most successful in Chicago and Windy City Cosmo won an award in 2017 for her work for female entrepreneurs.


Beginner’s Guide To Chicago Restaurant Week 2016

Do you smell that?

Chicago Restaurant Week starts January 22, 2016 and there’s a lot on the menu.

The concept of Chicago Restaurant Week is simple and delicious. For nearly two weeks (January 22, 2016 – February 4, 2016), you can order special lunches and dinners at fixed prices from some of the best restaurants in Chicago from gourmet like Cochon Volant,  to everyday eateries including Bar SienaBub City, and Connie’s Pizza. Chicago restaurants include food from nearly every genre from steakhouse, to Latin, to Italian, Mexican, French, and BBQ.




Your favorite restaurants and those that you wish were your favorite restaurants are offering an affordable and palatable meal during Chicago Restaurant Week 2016. Prix fixe menus starting at $22 for lunch and $33 and/or $44 for dinner (excluding beverages, tax and gratuity). Note: it’s not a potluck.


This year, 64 restaurants have been added to the list and in total there are 350 Chicago restaurants offering specials.

Choose Chicago put together a comprehensive Chicago Restaurant Week Map to help you navigate and see all of the restaurants in one place. Happy travelling.

Chicagoings, a Chicago blog that captures Chicago’s thriving fashion scene, ever changing culinary climate, and independent events calendar, put together an Official Restaurant Week Guide and rated some of the best deals. The top 21 picks included:

Blackbird Restaurant American (Lunch) Squash Soup, Hanger Steak, Fall Coupe 

Café Spiaggia Italian Magnificent Mile (Dinner) Skuna Bay Salmon, Campanelle, Prime Skirt Steak, Panna Cotta

Fulton Market Kitchen American Contemporary West Loop (Dinner) Pumpkin Soup, Mushroom Ravioli, Rye Crusted Salmon, Peanut Butter Cup Lava Cake


January 22, 2016 – February 4, 2016 for lunch or dinner or both 🙂


Because you have good taste and an excellent social calendar and most importantly, hibernating for all of winter is a bit much.


It’s like going to dinner but the chef has already ordered for you.  See the list of restaurants. Look over their menus and most importantly, make a reservation.

Chicago Restaurant Instagram Contest with Choose Chicago:

Add a little spice to that entree and enter in Choose Chicago’s Instagram Contest for Chicago Restaurant Week 2016.

Each week, we will give away a prize package to an entrant on Instagram.

To enter, follow @ChooseChicago on Instagram. Take photos of your meal and/or dining experience at participating Chicago Restaurant Week restaurants. In the caption, include the restaurant name, the dish, and any comments you’d like to share about your experience along with hashtag – #CRWContest.

The more you dine and submit photos, the more chances you will have to win. Multiple entries are allowed but you can only win once during the contest.

No purchase necessary. See OFFICIAL RULES.