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From March 17 to 22, a slew of restaurants will be participating in Chicago Chef Week—basically, Restaurant Week by another name. Three-course lunches are available for $22, and three-course dinners for $44. It’s a cheaper way to sample haute cuisine from some heavy hitters.

To help you figure out where to go, we've listed 10 places we reviewed at 2 stars or above. Here's a quick excerpt and a link to our full review. Enjoy!

  • Acadia: "Food doesn't get much lovelier than this." (3.5 stars)
  • Blackbird: "Excellent but not arrogant, cutting-edge but not weird, this modernist restaurant presents culinary art without staginess." (3.5 stars)
  • Boka: "Expect the whimsical, the decadent, and just about everything in between." (3 stars)
  • Courtright’s: "A world-class wine list and desserts like lemon steamed pudding flambé complement the refined feasting." (2.5 stars)
  • Henri: "Classic French dishes and Frenchy inventions deliver style and taste to match the attractive dining room." (2 stars)
  • Ing: "Imagine a feast based on Martin Scorsese movies, and you'll get the idea." (2 stars)
  • Japonais: "A splashy watering hole for trendies and celebs, complete with a downstairs riverfront lounge, excels with first-rate seafood." (2.5 stars)
  • North Pond: "Locally sourced products, seasonal menus, and outstanding in-house charcuterie remain the hallmarks of this romantic hideaway." (3 stars)
  • Sepia: "Andrew Zimmerman quietly amazes your palate with his evolving menu." (3.5 stars)
  • Vie: "It's as tasty (and tasteful) a celebration of Midwestern flavors as you're likely to find." (3.5 stars)

See the full list of restaurants—and their Chef Week menus—here