Plans have been announced for Restaurant Week 2009, as noted in an article in yesterday's Chicago Tribune:
There are actually two different groups of restaurants with Restaurant Week events for three different weeks.
February 20-27, over 130 restaurants will be participating in the Restaurant Week sponsored by the Chicago Convention and Tourism Bureau. During this period, these restaurants will be offering special prices for three-course meals, usually on a special, limited menu for the promotion. Most restaurants are participating in the promotion for both lunch ($22) and dinner ($32), although a few are doing so only for lunch, and a few only for dinner. You can view the list of restaurants and details at www.EatItUpChicago.com Some have their special Restaurant Week menu posted on their website, and I'm sure more will do so between now and the actual week of the promotion.
January 25-30 and February 1-6, the 14 restaurants comprising Chicago Originals, an organization of independent restaurants, will be running a similar promotion, with three-course lunches ($24.09) and dinners ($29.09). Some restaurants will throw in a bottle of wine for an additional $20.09. This group has not yet posted details on its own website, but you can see the list of restaurants there at www.chicagooriginals.com/restaurants.php
Make your reservations early, as this is a popular promotion.