The 2013 Chicago Restaurant Week "deals" are out:
I am not sure I quite understand the point of this. It seems like looking at the menus at some of the places I am interested in when you add up the cost of the same food (if you ordered a la carte) you are actually being charged a couple dollars more during restaurant week! Most of the other venues I checked out at most offered a savings of a couple of dollars and for that you were greatly restricted on what you could order (i.e. one to three options per course). There are some exceptions, but it seems like a significant majority of the "deals" are not really deals at all.
Am I missing something, or is restaurant week more of a marketing gimmick where for the most part one would be better off just ordering off the regular a la carte menu?