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Chefs count on Chicago Northwest Restaurant Week deals to fill the house

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  • Check out the deals at Weber Grill during Chicago Northwest Restaurant Week.

      Check out the deals at Weber Grill during Chicago Northwest Restaurant Week.
    Courtesy of Weber Grill Restaurants

  • Try RAM Restaurant and Brewery's Thai Chicken Salad during Northwest Chicago Restaurant Week.

       Try RAM Restaurant and Brewery's Thai Chicken Salad during Northwest Chicago Restaurant Week.
    DAILY HERALD FILE PHOTO by George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Carolina pork is available on the prix fixe lunch menu at Rack House Kitchen and Tavern in Arlington Heights.

       Carolina pork is available on the prix fixe lunch menu at Rack House Kitchen and Tavern in Arlington Heights.
    DAILY HERALD FILE PHOTO by JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

  • Sample the prime rib at Real Time Sports in Elk Grove Village.

       Sample the prime rib at Real Time Sports in Elk Grove Village.
    Daily Herald File Photo by Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

  • Enjoy a filet along with soup or salad and dessert at Chicago Prime Steakhouse in Schaumburg during Chicago Northwest Restaurant Week.

       Enjoy a filet along with soup or salad and dessert at Chicago Prime Steakhouse in Schaumburg during Chicago Northwest Restaurant Week.
    Daily Herald File Photo by JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

  • Selections from the immense salad bar at the Texas de Brazil at Woodfield Mall are included on the restaurant's specially priced Restaurant Week menu.

       Selections from the immense salad bar at the Texas de Brazil at Woodfield Mall are included on the restaurant's specially priced Restaurant Week menu.
    Daily Herald File Photo by Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

  • Napa Chopped Salad is on the prix fixe lunch menu at Cooper's Hawk Winery and Restaurant in Arlington Heights.

      Napa Chopped Salad is on the prix fixe lunch menu at Cooper's Hawk Winery and Restaurant in Arlington Heights.
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  • Tiramisu is one of the Chicago Northwest Restaurant Week dessert options at Carlos & Carlos in Arlington Heights.

       Tiramisu is one of the Chicago Northwest Restaurant Week dessert options at Carlos & Carlos in Arlington Heights.
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  • Seasons 52's mini indulgence desserts are available at lunch or dinner during Chicago Northwest Restaurant Week.

       Seasons 52's mini indulgence desserts are available at lunch or dinner during Chicago Northwest Restaurant Week.
    DAILY HERALD FILE PHOTO by Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • Thai basil shrimp is on the prix fixe dinner menu at 8,000 Miles in Roselle.

       Thai basil shrimp is on the prix fixe dinner menu at 8,000 Miles in Roselle.
    DAILY HERALD FILE PHOTO by Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

  • The all-you-can-eat salad bar at Brazil Express welcomes diners during Chicago Northwest Restaurant Week.

       The all-you-can-eat salad bar at Brazil Express welcomes diners during Chicago Northwest Restaurant Week.
    DAILY HERALD FILE PHOTO by JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

  • Wickets Bar and Grill in Schaumburg is one of many spots participating in Chicago Northwest Restaurant Week.

      Wickets Bar and Grill in Schaumburg is one of many spots participating in Chicago Northwest Restaurant Week.
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  • 8,000 Miles in Roselle is one of 30 restaurants participating in the inaugural Chicago Northwest Restaurant Week Feb. 20 to March 2.

       8,000 Miles in Roselle is one of 30 restaurants participating in the inaugural Chicago Northwest Restaurant Week Feb. 20 to March 2.
    DAILY HERALD FILE PHOTO by Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

 
 

For chef Vince Pecora, participating in the inaugural Chicago Northwest Restaurant Week is a no-brainer.

Pecora has operated restaurants around the suburbs for years and just opened Chef Vince's Zeal in Schaumburg. After putting a substantial sum into renovating the former Vidalia Steakhouse, it left him little for advertising.

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"For me, as a new restaurant, this is a good chance to let people know what we do here and the uniqueness of the place," Pecora said.

Developed by Meet Chicago Northwest, a regional destination marketing group, Chicago Northwest Restaurant Week runs Feb. 20 to March 2 and highlights dining opportunities in the Northwest suburbs. Meet Chicago Northwest worked with more than 30 restaurants, from casual bistros and pizzerias to steak houses and fine dining restaurants, to offer exclusive, affordably priced, three-course prix fixe lunch and dinner menus.

"As this is a quieter time of the year for many restaurants, the promotion is designed to entice food enthusiasts to get out and discover a new Chicago Northwest restaurant or type of cuisine perhaps they have not yet experienced." said David Parulo, president of the organization. "The prix fixe menus offer exceptional values and many restaurants have created exclusive menus that will be sure to influence diners to return after Chicago Northwest Restaurant Week."

Kyle Wendling, assistant general manager at TopGolf in Wood Dale, hopes restaurant week will show people his place is about more than golf.

"We consider ourselves an entertainment facility; we are a full-service restaurant," he said. Yes, TopGolf's restaurant week deal includes a game of TopGolf, but the featured flatbreads draw raves from regular customers.

Here is a list of the participating restaurants. Check out each restaurant's menu at dinechicagonw.com:

8000 Miles

107 Main St., Roselle, (630) 283-0053, 8000milesrestaurant.com

$15 lunch, $25 dinner

Birch River Grill

DoubleTree by Hilton Chicago-Arlington Heights

75 W. Algonquin Road, Arlington Heights, (847) 427-4242, birchrivergrill.com

$25 lunch, $35 dinner

Bistro Chen

10 E. Miner St., Arlington Heights, (847) 255-9080, bistrochen.com

$20 lunch, $30 dinner

Brazil Express Churrasco Grill

1045 S. Roselle Road, Schaumburg, (224) 353-6315, brazilexpressgrill.com

$25 lunch, $30 dinner

Carlos & Carlos

27 W. Campbell St., Arlington Heights, (847) 259-2600, carlosandcarloschicago.com

$35 dinner

Chef Vince's ZEAL

680 Mall Drive, Schaumburg, (847) 995-0188, zealforfood.com

$20 lunch, $35 dinner

Chicago Prime Steakhouse

1444 E. Algonquin Road, Schaumburg, (847) 969-9900, chicagoprimesteakhouse.com

$35 dinner

Circa 57

101 W. Campbell St., Arlington Heights, (847) 392-1957, circa-57.com

$15 lunch, $25 dinner

Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurant

798 W. Algonquin Road, Arlington Heights, (847) 981-0900, coopershawkwinery.com

$20 lunch, $30 dinner

Finn McCool's

1941 E. Algonquin Road, Schaumburg, (847) 303-5100, finnmccoolschicago.com

$15 lunch, $25 dinner

Fresh 1800

1800 E. Golf Road at the Hyatt Regency Schaumburg Chicago, Schaumburg, (847) 517-6930, schaumburg.hyatt.com

$15 lunch, $25 dinner

Gaylord India Restaurant of Schaumburg

555 Mall Drive, Schaumburg, (847) 619-3300, gaylordil.com

$15 lunch, two $25 dinner options

The Melting Pot

255 W. Golf Road, Schaumburg, (847) 843-8970, meltingpot.com

$25 dinner

Moretti's Ristorante & Pizzeria

1893 Walden Office Square, Schaumburg, (847) 397-4200, morettischicago.com

$15 lunch, $25 dinner

Morton's The Steakhouse

1470 McConnor Parkway, Schaumburg, (847) 413-8771, mortons.com

$35 dinner

Pinstripes

100 W. Higgins Road, South Barrington, (847) 844-9300, pinstripes.com

$15 lunch, $25 dinner

Prairie River Restaurant at Eaglewood Resort & Spa

1401 Nordic Road, Itasca, (630) 694-5938, eaglewoodresort.com

$35 dinner

Rack House Kitchen & Tavern

222 E. Algonquin Road, Arlington Heights, (847) 640-7225, rackhousetavern.com

$15 lunch, $25 dinner

RAM Restaurant & Brewery

1901 McConnor Parkway, Schaumburg, (847) 517-8791, theram.com

$15 lunch, $25 dinner

Real time Sports Bar, Grill & Games

1120-22 Devon, Elk Grove Village, (847) 534-5000, realtimesportsbar.com

$25 dinner

Riccardo's Restaurant

1170 S. Roselle Road, Schaumburg, (847) 891-7777, riccardosschaumburg.com

$15 lunch, $25 dinner

Sam & Harry's

1551 N. Thoreau Drive, at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel, Schaumburg, (847) 303-4050, samandharrysschaumburg.com

$25 lunch, $30 dinner

Seasons 52

1770 E. Higgins Road, Schaumburg, (847) 517-5252, seasons52.com

$20 lunch, $35 dinner

Shelby Campbell's "Almost Famous"

1000 Busse Road, Elk Grove Village, (847) 956-1170, shelbycampbells.com

$15 lunch, $25 dinner

Snuggery

1540 N. Roselle Road, Schaumburg, (847) 519-7555, snuggerychicago.com

$15 lunch, $25 dinner

Texas de Brazil

5 Woodfield Mall, Schaumburg, (847) 413-1600, texasdebrazil.com

$20 lunch, $35 dinner

TopGolf

699 W. Thorndale Ave., Wood Dale, (630) 595-4653, topgolf.com

$15 lunch, $25 dinner

UNO Pizzeria & Grill

1160 Plaza Drive, Schaumburg, (847) 413-0200, unos.com

$15 lunch, $25 dinner

Weber Grill Restaurant

1010 N. Meacham Road, Schaumburg, (847) 413-0800, webergrillrestaurant.com

$20 lunch, $30 dinner

Wickets Bar and Grill

601 N. Martingale Road, Schaumburg, (847) 619-1400, wicketsbarandgrill.com

$20 dinner

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